What are the best great Bordeaux wines?
Ask any of your friends and they will definitely tell you that Bordeaux is the best option when it comes to fine wines. Many of the world’s top wines are from here. With its long history and famous names like Margaux, Lafite, and Latour, Bordeaux of France is the largest fine wine district in the world with more than 10,000 hectares of vineyards. So here are 10 great bordeaux wines you must know.
As a brand, Bordeaux is like Champagne or Burgundy. It is really famous, but there is no guarantee for the quality or value. So, it is difficult to buy the good ones or avoid paying too much for the cheap, tasteless grape juice.
The price and quality of Bordeaux wine depend on many factors. These include the producer, sub-region, blend, and vintage. If you are looking for some good Bordeaux wine, here are some splurge-worthy options that you should actually try out. Or if you’re interested in joining a trip to the Marathon du Medoc tour, come join me in September!
Château Gloria, Saint-Julien (2012)
Though Château Gloria is an unclassified property in the Saint-Julien appellation, it does not mean that their wine is of low quality. Château Gloria wines are a perfect representation of Saint-Julien terroir. As they get more aged, they start to deliver more delicious notes of brambly black fruit, rosemary, and juniper.
Clos Beauregard, Pomerol (2012)
Pomerol may be the smallest appellation in Bordeaux, but it is home to the world’s finest Merlot blends. Clos Beauregard stretches over 15 acres of land and runs across the lower portion of Château Beauregard. It offers 100% hand-harvested wine which is fermented in stainless steel tanks. It has a plump, velvety blend, accompanied by some great ripe fruit notes.
Château Chasse-Spleen, Moulis-en-Médoc (2015)
If you want a bang for your buck, then the go-to option is Moulis-en-Médoc. It is located northwest of Margaux and on the left bank of the Gironde river. Château Chasse-Spleen is considered one of the leading producers in the appellation. The name translates to “chasing away the blues” and their wine delivers exactly that. The drink is sure to evoke some interesting notes.
Château Pédesclaux, Pauillac (2014)
Most wines are only better when they have aged. However, Pauillac wines serve a feast of nuance and complexity even at a younger age. Château Pédesclaux offers a tasteful blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with a fresh, dark-fruit core, and powerful tannins. Take a sip and you will be surprised how great it is.
Château Giscours, Margaux (2015)
Though Château Giscours is a third-party property still in its infancy, the wine has the hallmark of the great Margaux vintages. You can easily identify it with its unique perfumed rose petal notes and complex red fruit flavors. The property’s second wine, La Sirene de Giscours, also has ample elegance and costs around half the price.
Château Le Moulin, Pomerol (2010)
Château Le Moulin is basically a spicy blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Named after the 19th-century windmill in the property, the wine is a wonderful opportunity to experience the notes of dried fruit and roasted nuts. Get yourself a Château Le Moulin if you want to enjoy a classic Pomerol wine.
Château Biac (2010, 2014)
With more than 40 acres of vineyards sloping down towards the Garonne River, Château Biac is one of the most popular properties. The producer is known for changing the composition of its blends from vintage to vintage, and that gives it an even greater demand. The 2010 vintage is a blend of 84 percent Merlot and 26 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, while the 2014 one has 85 percent Merlot, 10 percent Petit Verdot, and 5 percent Cabernet Franc. It has better smoothness in texture and better-incorporated tannins.
Château Montrose La Dame de Montrose (2011)
Chateau Montrose is the best when it comes to creating powerful, refined, elegant, and complex wine. La Dame is the well-balanced second wine from Château Montrose. It is very expressive and concentrated with a mixture of red fruit aromas, raspberry, and morello cherry. The bend is 28% Cabernet-Sauvignon and 72% Merlot.
Château Batailley Grand Cru Classé, Pauillac (2015)
During the Hundred Years’ war, there was a huge battle between the French and English on the site where the Château Batailley’s winery is currently located. The first vines were planted long after the conflict ended. With concentrated aromas of dark fruits and cassis, the 2015 vintage is simply luxurious with its distinctive nuance and complexity.
Ségla, Margaux (2012)
Ségla is a popular second-growth Margaux property. With well-incorporated tannins and ripe wild berry flavors, their wine is refreshingly juicy and a great example of good value Margaux wines. Born from the youngest vines of the property, this second wine from Château Rauzan is more accessible than the first one. It comes with excellent texture, concentration, and fragrant notes of ripe fruits, violets, and cedar.
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