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Maritime Bordeaux in the west of France is a large producer of quality wines. Although saying that there's a large gap between the top few who produce ultra-premium wines with hefty price tags (Lafite, Margaux, Y'Quem, Petrus….) and the rest of the field.

The Left Bank with its gravelly composition of soils is more suited to Cabernet Sauvignon while the Right Bank is made up more of clay and this is where Merlot and Cabernet Franc dominate (as they are earlier ripens and don't mind getting their feet wet). In the middle, the Entre Du Meurs provides a slew of whites and reds made for early drinking.

On the right bank outside of St Emilion and Pomerol, there are a lot of well-priced merlots made that are more for early consumption. These come from the satellite Bordeaux regions.
The English built up a thirst for the better Bordeaux reds which they have coined 'clarets'. These are often tucked away for a while in their cellars to age and drunk with a few years under their belts. But not all Bordeaux is built for aging, so choose wisely.

Styles
For whites, there are the crisp and easily quaffed whites from Entre De Meurs, or the more ambitious oak-aged Semillion Sauvignon blends from Pessac Legonan. The queen of dessert wines, Sauternes can also call Bordeaux home. French oak maturation is a common thread amongst the elite reds, whites and sweet wines.

Grapes

White:Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Muscadelle
Red: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot

Some of the most highly rated recent vintages are 2005, 2009, 2010, 2016 and 2018.

Favourite Producers
Montrose, Pichon Lalande, Poitevin, D'Yquem, Coutet,
 


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  1. Brokenwood Hunter Semillon 2018 375ml
    Brokenwood Hunter Semillon 2018 375ml
    From one of the Hunters and Australia's most classic producers. Brokenwood have continued to write their legacy based on quality and consistency that is undeniable. Wether you are a Hunter fan or not (plus with all their Beechworth you don't need to be) they are undeniably one of the greatest producer this country has seen. PWS

    Ever reliable, but this was a vintage that threw down the gauntlet to the semillons across the Valley (in contrast to the shirazs). There's plenty of flavour, but the structure is slightly loose. Drink up. JAMES HALLIDAY
    2017
    Semillon
    Australia
    353
  2. Fighting Gully Road Mornginton Peninsula Pinot Noir 2020
    Fighting Gully Road Mornginton Peninsula Pinot Noir 2020

    We have always felt like the wines of FGR are a bit of an unsung hero in the region. Mark Walpole, legendary viticulturalist has long seen the incredible potential of Beechworth and it shows in his ever-consistent range. Unfortunately with the devastating fires of 2020, Mark was left with no fruit from his own vineyards so he travelled far and wide to secure quality fruit to keep the winery busy. 

    The 2020 Pinot Noir was sourced from three different vineyard in the Mornington Peninsula. All MV6 the wine was 1/3 100% whole bunch ferment and 2/3 destemmed ferment. The subsequent wine was aged for 12 months in 1/4 new French oak puncheons. The mid palate exhibits ripe berry fruits with a fine line of acidity and tannins running throughout. Fine and delicious with that lovely warm Peninsula mid-palate fruit in a lovely focused but generous style. PWS

    2019
    tempranillo
    Australia
    353
    Special Price $29.00 Regular Price $34.00 As low as $28.00
  3. Sentio Beechworth Blanc 2018
    Sentio Beechworth Blanc 2018

    Chris Catlow established Sentio wines in Beechworth in 2013 after seven vintages on the Mornington Peninsula with Kooyong Estate, Portsea Estate and Paringa Estate. Sandro Mosele was one of a handful of mentors driving Chris Catlow in his early years. Chris' passion is for Chardonnay, starting with his teenage years helping Barry Morey at Sorrenberg, another mentor who inspired Chris to complete a double degree in Viticultural Science and Wine Science, setting him up for a bright future in wine.

    Mostly chard (85%), Savagnin both barrel fermented with a touch of Arneis and Gruner making up the last 5%.

    Chris' winemaking philosophy is to let the site express itself, using a basket press to get maximum control out of this process and to oxidatively handle the juice. Wild yeast fermentation takes place 'on solids', in barrel and the wines spend time on lees. Chris only uses one French Cooper (Chassin), keeping the wines in 15% new barrels for 10 months and has a very strict 'no malo' policy. PWS

    2018
    chardonnay
    Australia
    353
  4. Chai Saint Etienne Tradition Rouge 2016
    Chai Saint Etienne Tradition Rouge 2016
    60% Cabernet Franc, 20% Merlot, 20% Côt
    The Coteaux du Quercy AOC is one of France smallest wine region with only 400 hectares and less than 20 growers. It lies between Cahors & Gaillac. After the Phylloxera, the Quercy, once 50 000 hectares was almost destroyed. Roger Gisbert and his brave mates started their appellation from scratch. With high draining slopes of white clay and limestone soils, Cabernet Franc was chosen to blend with the Merlot, and off course the Cot (aka. Malbec) replanted on the rocky soils. The grapes are harvested and sorted, then fallow slow and gentle traditional fermentation.
    2016
    Cabernet Franc, Merlot
    France
    356
  5. Fighting Gully Road Pinot Noir 2019
    Fighting Gully Road Pinot Noir 2019

    Two-thirds destemmed, one-third whole bunches. Fermented in stainless steel. No punchdowns. 14 days on skins. Matured 12 months in 25% new oak barriques and puncheons. Medium crimson. Fragrant and high-toned florals join forces with alluring forest berries, thyme and sage. Not an easy year for the region, but it's hard to see this in such a confident youngster, full of life and energy. Tight across the palate, with a lilting tomato leafiness, it's assured of developing further. JENI PORT, James Halliday

    We have always felt like the wines of FGR are a bit of an unsung hero in the region. Mark Walpole, legendary viticulturalist has long seen the incredible potential of Beechworth and it shows in his ever-consistent range. This is an especially good Beechworth pinot too so go hard! PWS

    2019
    tempranillo
    Australia
    353
  6. A.Rodda Beechworth Aquila Audax Tempranillo 2018
    A.Rodda Beechworth Aquila Audax Tempranillo 2018

    Coffee grounds, chicory, peppercorns, cola and ripe black cherry. It's attractively fruited but, unlike many a tempranillo, it's not too fruit-sweet and manages to play many savoury cards. There's a positive firmness and dryness to the finish; it feels polished, structured and complete. CAMPBELL MATTINSON, James Halliday

    Tempranillo usually a bit of a ‘blah’ grape in this country, though there are some exceptions.

    GW: Juicy cherry, spicy, ripe raspberry, some perfume here of herbs and flowers. Medium-bodied, some chew to tannin, cola, a bit of citrus zest, acidity even a bit ‘mineral’, and solid finish. 92 points GARY WALSH, The Wine Front

    2018
    tempranillo
    Australia
    353
  7. Mazeris Canon-Fronsac 2016
    Mazeris Canon-Fronsac 2016
    Shows ripeness and power on the nose with ripe dark berries and volcanic salt. Full body, soft and rich tannins and a long, flavorful finish. Drink in 2022. (91) JAMES SUCKLING

    One of the best things agbout the Bordeaux 2016 vintage was the stregth of the satellite appelations - this Canon Fronsac is a freat example - situated on the right bank but with a lot of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon you could easly see this as more left bak in style - it is everything a good claret should be dense dark with chewy tannis and cool clean fruit - absoultly delicous and a great price. ALEX WILCOX


    2016
    Cabernet Blends
    France
    356
  8. Senejac 2018
    Senejac 2018
    36 Bottles available at time of offer

    The 2018 Sénéjac has an attractive bouquet of blackberry and raspberry fruits, touches of graphite and pressed flowers. I admire the precision of this Haut-Médoc. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grained tannins, well-judged new oak (25%) and a touch of dark chocolate toward the finish. This has real panache and class and comes highly recommended. NEAL MARTIN
    2018
    Cabernet Blends
    France
    356
  9. Chateau La Vieille Cure 2017- 375ml
    Chateau La Vieille Cure 2017- 375ml

    Fronsac

     74% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Franc, and 4% Cabernet Sauvignon.

    An utterly delicious red with crushed berries, cappuccino and hints of black olives. Medium-bodied, compact and very soft. Really creamy texture. A blend of 75% merlot, 22% cabernet franc and 3% cabernet sauvignon. Hard not to drink now. So do it! JAMES SUCKLING

    The 2017 La Vieille Cure is deep, fleshy and delicious. In 2017, La Vieille Cure is a bit less dense than it often is, but it still packs a pretty serious punch. Dark red cherry, plum, cinnamon, chocolate and floral notes shape this racy, inviting Fronsac. ANTONIO GALLONI

    The 2017 Vieille Cure has a tightly-packed black cherry and cassis scented bouquet that feels as if it could be more intense once in bottle. The palate is medium-bodied with a candied, pastille-like opening: blackcurrant, crème de cassis and vanilla, lower in acidity than its Fronsac peers but smooth as silk towards the finish. NEAL MARTIN

     

    2017
    Cabernet Blends
    France
    356
  10. A Rodda Willow Lake Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2020
    A Rodda Willow Lake Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2020
    Sophisticated winemaking and indelible vineyard character, that's what makes this thing so special. There is plenty of character derived from the lees and barrel work but the fruit carries it with ease and a sense of confidence, stridently delivering a power packed expression of Yarra Chardonnay that stains the palate with the intensity of fruit and crackling energy as it draws out along the very lengthy palate before, very, slowly tapering off with little twangs and twinges of underripe nectarine and green apple. If you are buying one Australian Chardonnay this year then this is a very serious contender for pride of place, especially when one considers the price. Brilliant effort. ROSCOE
    2020
    chardonnay
    Australia
    353
  11. Savaterre Frere Cadet Pinot Noir 2018
    Savaterre Frere Cadet Pinot Noir 2018

    It’s a better wine for me than its big brother from 2017. Just the way it goes, I guess.

    Dark cherry, roses, a little exotic spice and smokiness. It’s fine-boned in a way, but also presents ample cherry and floral perfumed flavours, some sap and bramble, moving into a bit of red fruit action, gentle earthiness, and a fine red fruited finish, dry and long to close. Really like this. Tastes, curiously, a lot like Gevrey! GARY WALSH, The Wine Front

     

    2018
    Pinot noir
    Australia
    353
  12. Clos Floridene Blanc 2017
    Clos Floridene Blanc 2017

    1 BOTTLES remain at time of offer
    The 2017 Clos Floridène Blanc has a really classy bouquet, very well defined with citrus lemon, lime and light crushed pebble aromas. This is very pure and focused. The palate is well balanced with a twist of sour lemon on the entry, a fine bead of acidity with a very saline finish. This is a really interesting Clos Floridène thanks to the expressive Sémillon (91). NEAL MARTIN

    A wine of real distinction and class, the 2017 Clos Floridène Blanc also shows just how appealing the vintage is for Bordeaux's dry whites. Lemon confit, tangerine oil, pear, spice and a kiss of new French oak all grace this soft, wonderfully expressive white from the Dubourdieu family. The 2017 is pure class. That's all there is to it. Tasted two times. (91) ANTONIO GALLONI

    2017
    Sem/Sauv Blend
    France
    356
  13. Fighting Gully Road Sangiovese La Longa 2017
    Fighting Gully Road Sangiovese La Longa 2017
    The second release in the reserve Black Label range; what sets it apart is the overall restraint, especially in ripeness and the wine's underlying tension. Excellent fruit but more a savoury defined wine: earthy, new leather, oak spice, black cherries and pips, Italian bitter herbs, steely and energetic with precision tannins. This is outstanding Australian sangiovese. (97) JANE FAULKNER, James Halliday's Wine Companion
    2017
    sangiovese
    Australia
    353
  14. Doisy Daene 2010 375ml
    Doisy Daene 2010 375ml

    Sauternes (1st Growth)

    Denis Dubourdieu's Barsac cru has an attractive bouquet with subtle notes of cooking apple, pear and lime-flower, all with very fine delineation. The palate displays good weight and a fine thread of acidity, lending tension and poise that leads to a taut finish, showing good botrytis levels for the vintage. With its trademark minerality in place, this Doisy-Daene comes highly recommended.  NEAL MARTIN

    Slightly less sweet than the 09, but still just as highly-strung with a healthy acidity and above all a very vibrant tone of fresh fruit running through the sweetness. A classic Doisy Daene, all natural and tensile, that will be lovely young and probably great old.  BILL BLATCH

    PLEASE NOTE THIS WINE IS OFFERED EN PRIMEUR AND YOU WILL BE CHARGED THE FINAL (NOW) PRICE LESS 20% WITH THE BALANCE DUE WHEN THE WINE ARRIVES IN 2013.

    2010
    Sem/Sauv Blend
    France
    356
  15. Chateau Montravel Blanc (Semillon) 2016
    Chateau Montravel Blanc (Semillon) 2016
    This is a 100% Sémillon form a 1 hectare vineyard located in Montravel, a sub-region of Bergerac.
    The grapes are hand harvested in small lug boxes, bunches are selected one by one. Pressed in an air tight press, the must is then barrel fermented and the wine aged on fine lees with regular batonnage. Aged for eleven months in 1/3 new, 1/3 one year old and 1/3 in two years old oak barrels.

    I love this wine - Semillion grown on chalk with a minerally intense core. It is opulent and dense yet has great freshness. A slight touch of stuck match reduction adds complexity to a lifted bright nose of citrus and minerally notes. Great power and mouth coating flavour and yet finishes crisp and clean. ALEX WILCOX


    2016
    Semillon
    France
    356
  16. Traviarti Nebbiolo 2019
    Traviarti Nebbiolo 2019

    Had a quick catch up with vigneron Simon Grant earlier in the week. My dog liked him.

    Cherry stone, camphor and old wood, sweet almond, dusty spices, subtle liquorice perfume. Medium-bodied, tight-grained almost rusty tannin, spiced strawberry, but savoury feel, light dusting of pepper, little bit of stony earthiness, very firm on a fairly long finish. Of a place. To an extent it’s structure over flavour at this stage, but some time in bottle should see it loosen up nicely. GARY WALSH, The Wine Front

    2019
    Nebbiolo
    Australia
    353
  17. La Fleur de Bouard 2010 375ml
    La Fleur de Bouard 2010 375ml

    The 2010 La Fleur du Bouard (80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon) is bottled unfined and unfiltered and hit 14.5% natural alcohol. The wine offers up notes of black raspberry and blueberry pie intermixed with incense, lead pencil shavings and plenty of underlying floral notes. Some background oak is also present. The wine is medium to full-bodied, beautifully pure, voluptuously textured, rich, long and hedonistic and satisfying. Drink it over the next 10+ years. The other cuvee, a limited production wine, can be absolutely magnificent with some bottle age, as the 2000 is certainly proving to be.

    The standard of excellence for Lalande de Pomerol is Hubert de Bouard’s 50-acre property, over half of it located on the highly prized Neac plateau, which consists of clay, sand and gravel sub-soils. ROBERT PARKER, 2013

    2010
    Cabernet Merlot
    France
    356
  18. Savaterre Shiraz 2017
    Savaterre Shiraz 2017

    I’ve not much experience with Savaterre Shiraz, but that won’t stop me from trying.

    All the liquorice and sarsaparilla, baking spices, some floral things, dark cherry. Medium-bodied, dark spices biscuits, freshly polished boots, root vegetables, smooth supple tannin, a sort of dried cranberry flavour and bite to acidity, sooty and sweet, and dry and moderately long it goes. It’s a very interesting wine. Smells great, tastes maybe a bit baked, front is good, middle is in the middle, finish not bad. Makes you think though. GARY WALSH, The Wine Front

    2014
    shiraz
    Australia
    353
  19. Sigalas Rabaud 2010 375ml
    Sigalas Rabaud 2010 375ml

    Sauternes (1st Growth)

    This has quite a bit of sulphur on the nose at first, but it clears with aeration. It remains tightly-coiled, with lemon, honey, apricot and limestone, demonstrating fine minerality. The palate has great tension on the entry, quite spicy and nutty in style, with a vibrant, zesty finish. This is an exuberant Sigalas-Rabaud with great potential. NEAL MARTIN

    A very full wine, with good but unobtrusive sweetness and above all a great brightness / freshness to the middle-fruit that, together with the just-enough acidity, take this remarkably full yet pure wine through to a very fine, minty, tight finish. This is clearly about to become the closest recent vintage to this château's golden days of the 60s. It reminds me of a latter day version of the great 67.  BILL BLATCH

     
    2010
    Sem/Sauv Blend
    France
    356
  20. Vray Croix de Gay 2013 375ml
    Vray Croix de Gay 2013 375ml

    This tiny estate’s (less than 12 acres) sensational terroir has never been fully exploited, but that will change now that the owner of Chateau Latour, Francois Pinault, has purchased an approximately 50% interest in Vray Croix de Gay. Made from a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, the dark ruby-hued 2013 exhibits notes of black cherries, loamy soil and underbrush. Consume this medium-bodied effort during its first 4-5 years of life. ROBERT PARKER, 2014

    2012
    Cabernet Blends
    France
    356
  21. Rieussec 2017 375ml
    Rieussec 2017 375ml

    Sauternes 1er Cru Classé
    24 BOTTLES remain at time of offer

    The 2017 Rieussec captures the natural intensity of the year, while also remaining faithful to the house style that is now favored by the estate. A high percentage of Sauvignon Blanc (17%) adds freshness and lift to the passionfruit, pineapple, mint and lemon confit flavors. Beautifully harmonious and persistent in the glass, the 2017 has so much to offer. In this tasting, it is simply tremendous. (94-97) ANTONIO GALLONI

    The 2017 Rieussec was affected by the frost, losing around 15% of the production although, it was more located in parcels that are designated for the dry white R de Rieussec. Eric Kohler told me that it was a relatively rapid picking. It has around 125gm/L residual sugar. It has a clean but slightly distant bouquet, does not really exude the richness that you expect from Sauternes. The palate is medium-bodied and more promising than the nose: a viscous opening, quite spicy and slightly Auslese in style. The acidity is well balanced and it becomes increasingly lively towards the lychee and fennel-tinged finish, as if compensating for the nose. (92-94) NEAL MARTIN

    2017
    Sem/Sauv Blend
    France
    356
  22. Le Petit Ducru 2018 AKA Lalande Borie 2018
    Le Petit Ducru 2018 AKA Lalande Borie 2018

    24 bottles available at time of offer

    Sitting on the western side of St Julien sitting alongside the great classified growths of the appellation. It is owned by the Borie family of Ch Ducru Beaucaillou, another top performer the bears .  -Tom Portet
     
    Andrew Caillard MW 94
    Deep colour. Lovely fresh mulberry cassis fruits with inky cedar complexity. Intensely concentrated and juicy with fresh dark berry fruits, some brambly notes, fine slightly gritty tannins and underlying cedar notes. Very good at this level.

    Antonio Galloni 90-92
    The 2018 Lalande-Borie is pliant, supple and wonderfully inviting. Bright floral notes perk up the red/purplish berry fruit in a silky, succulent Saint-Julien that will drink well right out of the gate. In the glass, the 2018 is heady and alluring, and yet it retains its classic mid-weight personality and structure. Readers will have a hard time keeping their hands off this jewel of a wine. The blend is 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon.


     

    2018
    Cabernet Blends
    France
    356
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