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Bordeaux

Bordeaux: high prestige, high quality

With a total area of around 115,000 hectares, Bordeaux may not be France’s largest wine-growing region, but it is certainly its most prestigious. The range of wines produced here today is enormous: ranging from red everyday wines with a great relationship between price and quality to exclusive, and accordingly expensive, premier crus. Elegant white wines and noble sweet specialties round out the spectrum.

White wines from Bordeaux

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Baur au Lac Vins 90-91 Points
Blanc de Lynch-Bages 2018

Blanc de Lynch-Bages 2018

AC Pauillac, 750 ml
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Parker (90-92) Points
Château Carbonnieux blanc 2014
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Parker 92 Points
Château Carbonnieux blanc 2015
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Parker 95+ Points
Château Haut-Brion blanc 2007
Only 1 Bottle

Château Haut-Brion blanc 2007

AC Pessac-Léognan, 750 ml

Red wines from Bordeaux

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B de Biac 2014

AC Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux, 750 ml
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Parker 94+ Points
Château Sansonnet 2016
Only 8 Bottles
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Parker 96-98 Points
Château Brane-Cantenac 2016
Only 3 Bottles

Sweet wines from Bordeaux

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Parker 96+ Points
Ch. Climens 2016
Only 5 Bottles

Ch. Climens 2016

AC Sauternes 1er cru classé, 375 ml
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Parker 96+ Points
Ch. Climens 2016
Only 1 Bottle

Ch. Climens 2016

AC Sauternes 1er cru classé, 750 ml
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Parker 92-94 Points
Ch. Raymond-Lafon 2015
Only 14 Bottles

Ch. Raymond-Lafon 2015

AC Sauternes, 750 ml
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Parker 97-99 Points
Château d'Yquem 2017
Only 12 Bottles

The prominent role of Bordeaux wines is based on the particular location of this cultivation area, in the catchment area of three rivers: the Garonne and the Dordogne, which merge into the Gironde estuary, flowing into the Atlantic 60 kilometres northwest of the city of Bordeaux.

The water currents have shaped not only the gently rolling topography of this cultivation area, but the soil structure as well. On the left bank of the river, where the Médoc, Graves, Pessac-Léognan and Sauternes areas are located, soils with a high proportion of gravel and sand generally dominate. Thanks to the excellent heat retention of these soils, Cabernet Sauvignon yields exceptional results here.

Lots of sun, lots of rain

On the right bank, in the Blaye, Côtes de Bordeaux, Côtes de Bourg and Saint-Emilion areas, the soils vary more strongly. In general, higher proportions of clay, lime and sand are found here, while gravel plays a lesser role. The soils have an excellent ability to store water, which the Merlot variety especially enjoys. In Entre-deux-Mers, in turn, it is the calcareous clay soils that lend the dry white wines produced here (from Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon and Muscadelle) their delicate freshness. With around 2,000 hours of sunshine, the climate in Bordeaux is distinctly mild; nonetheless, precipitation is relatively high, at 900 millimetres per year per square metre.

High demand from England

Wine was drunk in Bordeaux before it was even grown there. In the first century BCE, traders from Campania provided the population with wine. Only in the 12th century did Bordeaux become an important wine producer. Through the marriage of Eleanor of Aquitaine and the English King Henry II, Great Britain became the most important importer of Bordeaux wines. Claret became an export hit. The current hierarchy of crus was only established in the 19th century. In 1924, Baron Philippe de Rothschild became the first Château owner to bottle his own wine. This “mis en bouteille au château” first became common in the 1960s.

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