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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. Jules Mediterranean Rose 2019
    Jules Mediterranean Rose 2019
    Hugh and Jane Faulkner fell in love with a vineyard, situated on the foothills of the Masif des Maures, in the centre of the Var, and settled at the property in 1989. Their eldest son Julian would eventually take over the running of the vineyard in 2000. A shrewd wine businessman and talented vigneron, Julian established the Jules label with the mission to craft delicious, accessible, and great value wines with single estate personality.

    Another killer Rose from Jules and one of those wines you ask yourself how they can do it for the money? Hints of citrus peel, fresh cut fennel and cranberry/red currant fruits on the nose follow into a juicy palate of crunchy, bright red fruit with a white pepper finish. Really juicy and bright but perfectly dry and eminently drinkable. Now under screwcap how can you go wrong? You would be crazy to not have a dozen of waiting in the wings for every time someone drops by for a drink on the patio or that last minute BBQ invite. PWS
    2019
    Mourvedre
    France
    460
  2. Baron Leopold Bordeaux Blanc 2018
    Baron Leopold Bordeaux Blanc 2018
    A new producer in the market that has just nailed it for entry level Bordeaux that actually taste like Bordeaux! Blended from vineyards across the appellation this is a superb introduction to the Bordeaux style, delivering a classic expression of the region and delicious to boot.

    Raised in tank and aged on fine lees, an abundance of savoury, grassy grapefruit, tangy and beautifully balanced.Lifted tropical fruit, lime and green apple with subtle herbaceous grassy end notes. Light, fresh and dry the palate with a touch of textural slip that carries it through the zingy close. PWS
    2014
    sauvignon Blanc, Semillon
    France
    460
  3. Chateau du Rouet Cuvee Reserve Cotes de Provence Rose 2019 375ml
    Chateau du Rouet Cuvee Reserve Cotes de Provence Rose 2019 375ml

    The Château du Rouët is situated, at the foot of the red rock mountains, nearby the Roman town of Fréjus. Once a Templière farm, the Château is now settled at the foot of the Rouët mountain range, a volcanic bar of red ochre, at an altitude of 560 metres with five generations of rich history inter-twined though this impressive estate.

    The vines, set between the Gorges de Pennafort and The Gorges du Blavet, are spread out over 70 hectares of preserved area, classed as Natura 2000. Oriented towards the South and they benefit from the Mistral as well as the breeze from the seaside which maintain freshness and acidity from the otherwise warm Mediterranean climate.

    Around 60% Grenache with 30% Cinsault and a touch of the traditional Tibourenc grape the harvests are done at night to maintain freshness and the light maceration’s performed in temperature controlled tanks to help maintain a wonderful lift to the wines. PWS

    Brilliant onion skin color. Fresh red berry and tangerine aromas show good clarity and pick up a subtle floral nuance with air. Juicy and silky in texture, offering subtly sweet strawberry and citrus fruit flavors and a hint of honeysuckle. Finishes smooth and well-focused, leaving a hint of candied orange zest behind. JOSH RAYNOLDS, Vinous.com

    2019
    Carignan, Grenache, Mourvedre
    France
    460
  4. Chateau du Rouet Cuvee Reserve Cotes de Provence Rose 2020
    Chateau du Rouet Cuvee Reserve Cotes de Provence Rose 2020
    Limpid orange. Nervy and sharply focused on the nose, displaying strawberry, white peach and tangerine aromas and a touch of honeysuckle. Vibrant strawberry, tangerine and pit fruit flavors show sharp focus and deepen slowly with air. Sappy and penetrating on the long, spice-tinged finish, which leaves a repeating floral note behind. JOSH RAYNOLDS
    2020
    Carignan, Grenache, Mourvedre
    France
    460
    Special Price $34.00 Regular Price $40.00
  5. 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
  6. Domaine d’Eole Coteaux d’Aix en Provence Rose 2018
    Domaine d’Eole Coteaux d’Aix en Provence Rose 2018
    A blend of 50% Grenache, 20% Cinsault, 15% Syrah and 5% each Carignan, Counoise and Mourvèdre, the 2018 Coteaux d'Aix en Provence Eole Rose performed well in two tastings (one blind). It's a bit richer and earthier than most, with scents of fraises des bois accenting notes of peach and melon. It's medium-bodied and silky in texture yet with a crisp, lively finish. JOE CZWERWINSKI, RobertParker.com

    Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Counoise and Carignan. Importer: FelixR Strawberry, peach, cinnamon, basil, a subtle clay-like earthiness. It's fleshy and glycerol, smooth and flavoursome, with a firm but unobtrusive cut of acidity. Finish is quietly fruity with a chalky edge underlining its satisfying length. Weight with classic styling. Excellent. GARY WALSH, The Wine Front
    2015
    Mourvedre
    France
    460
  7. Chateau Grand Boise Cote de Provence Sainte Victoire Rose 2020
    Chateau Grand Boise Cote de Provence Sainte Victoire Rose 2020

    Containing an unusually high proportion of Syrah for the region (50%), with a blend of Grenache (40%) and Cinsault (10%) making up the balance, Chateau Grand Boise's 2020 Cotes de Provence Sainte-Victoire Rose is a pale, copper-tinged salmon wine offering scents of crushed stone and grated lime zest, accented by just hints of pie cherries. It's light to medium-bodied, crisp and refreshing, with a delicacy and minerality that sets it apart. JOE CZERWINSKI, The Wine Advocate

    2020
    Grenache
    France
    460
    Special Price $43.00 Regular Price $51.00
  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. 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
  11. La Bastide Blanche Bandol Rose 2020
    La Bastide Blanche Bandol Rose 2020
    Limpid orange-pink. Expressive red berry, blood orange and pit fruit aromas are accompanied by building mineral and floral nuances. Taut and energetic in the mouth, offering sappy strawberry, orange zest and lavender flavors braced by a spine of chalky minerality. Finishes silky and impressively long, with repeating mineral and floral notes. JOASH RAYNOLDS, Vinous
    2020
    Mourvedre, shiraz
    France
    460
    Special Price $56.00 Regular Price $66.00
  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. 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
  14. Pibarnon Bandol Rose 2020
    Pibarnon Bandol Rose 2020
    Shimmering salmon skin. Powerful cherry, raspberry, pit fruit and lavender aromas, along with blood orange and succulent herb flourishes. Stains the palate with mineral-accented red berry, bitter cherry, white peach, orange pith and floral pastille flavors that show sharp delineation and spicy lift. In a powerful style, but it comes off lithe and precise. Shows powerful thrust on an impressively long, mineral-tinged finish that echoes the peach and blood orange notes. JOSH RAYNOLDS, Vinous
    2020
    Mourvedre
    France
    460
    Special Price $69.00 Regular Price $82.00
  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. Chateau Riotor Rose Provence 2018 1500ml
    Chateau Riotor Rose Provence 2018 1500ml
    Pale brilliant pink. Lively, mineral-accented orange zest, strawberry and floral scents show very good clarity and pick up a spicy nuance with aeration. Nicely concentrated yet lively on the palate, offering incisive red berry, blood orange and floral pastille flavors underscored by a dusty mineral quality. Shows sharp delineation and cut on the finish, which hangs on with strong tenacity. JOSH RAYNOLDS, Vinous
    2018
    Rose
    France
    460
  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. Domaine Ott Chateau Romassan 2019
    Domaine Ott Chateau Romassan 2019
    Pale, bright-hued orange. Displays an impressive array of citrus and pit fruit, red berry, floral and succulent herb qualities on the mineral-driven nose. Offers palate-staining strawberry, pomegranate, blood orange, white peach and honeysuckle flavors that are at once concentrated and lively. Deftly plays richness off of elegance and pick up a spicy nuance as it opens up. Hangs on with remarkable tenacity, echoing the floral and pit fruit notes. I wish that people, many of whom I suspect have never even tried them, could look past the fact that while the wines made by this impeccably run, no-expense-spared domaine have a reputation for being the rosés of choice in swanky summer locales, they're the real deal. That's not just in the pink wine category. Even if this one is relatively expensive for the Bandol category it's actually a compelling value as world-class wines go. JOSH RAYNOLDS
    2020
    Rose
    France
    460
  19. Domaine Ott Clos Mireille 2020
    Domaine Ott Clos Mireille 2020
    Glistening orange-pink. Vibrant, mineral-accented cherry, peach, and honeydew scents, along with orange pith and floral nuances. Stains the palate with juicy red berry, citrus fruit and lavender flavors that show very good depth as well as liveliness. Shows firm tension and dusty mineral character on the long, penetrating finish, which leaves melon and blood orange notes behind. JOSH RAYNOLDS
    2020
    Rose
    France
    460
  20. 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
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