What was the first wine you fell in love with?
When faced with this question, thousands upon thousands of wine drinkers will give the same answer: Bordeaux.
Bordeaux is undeniably an exceptional wine region, and it can be a mysterious one, too. Scroll down to learn more about these incredible wines, or view our entire selection of Bordeaux now.
Red Bordeaux may be made from the following five grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Malbec. Some Bordeaux is made from a single variety, some are made from all five. For white Bordeaux, only three varieties are permitted: Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon, and Muscadelle.
A great vintage for Cabernet Sauvignon can be a terrible vintage for Merlot (and vice versa). For this reason, winemakers may choose to vary the proportions of grape varieties in a wine from vintage to vintage.
Left Bank wines (e.g., Médoc, Paulliac, Margaux, Graves) are usually based on Cabernet Sauvignon, while Right Bank wines (e.g., Côtes de Bordeaux, Pomerol, St.-Émilion) contain more Merlot. So, if you love Cabernet Sauvignon, look on the map above to find some new regions to explore on the Left Bank. If you prefer Merlot, look to the Right Bank.
Left Bank Bordeaux typically matures more slowly – so don’t plan on opening your young Pauillac any time soon. Wines from the Right Bank, on the other hand, generally have higher percentages of Merlot and Cabernet Franc, so they tend to be plush, overtly fruity, and more approachable in their youth.
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Ch. Larrivet-Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan – 2009
Not a shy wine, with peppercorn and exotic spices dominating the nose and palate. Full-bodied, with tobacco and cedarwood bringing up the flavor profile, this red has supple tannins that lend a broad feeling in the mouth. There is much grip towards the finish and acidity is finely balanced. All components playing nicely together make this a fine, classic Bordeaux, with the added value of coming from a warm vintage: this comes through strongly in the intense aromas. Decant and serve this with a rare prime rib roast. The vineyards of Larrivet-Haut-Brion, which face north in the Graves region, are composed of 50% each Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. They are vinified in a straightforward Bordelaise manner: after maceration and fermentation, the wine spends 18 months in oak barriques, 70% of which are new.
Ch. de Bonhoste, Bordeaux Blanc – 2011
Light, crisp, and clean, showing an impressive balance of fruit flavor. This is a great white for sipping with any light cuisine; it goes especially well with fish.
Lune d’Argent, Clos des Lunes Bordeaux Blanc – 2011
A juicy palate of fleshy, white fruit (such as Asian pear) only underscores the striking aromas on this elegant Bordeaux Blanc. Generous tropical notes of kiwi and lychee mingle with honeyed floral tones. A fine, fuller texture aligns with precise acidity, providing a singular experience meant to be enjoyed over a perfect grilled fish and Meyer lemons. From a vineyard of deep gravelly soils located in Sauternes called “Clos des Lunes,” this gift-worthy white is a grand effort form famed Domaine de Chevalier in Pessac-Léognan. It was matured 25% in barrel and 75% in temperature-controlled vats with regular stirring of the lees.
Ch. Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc – 2009
Château Cantemerle is an overperforming 5th growth estate. A blend of at least 50% Cabernet, a generous percentage of Merlot, some Cab Franc, and a little Petit Verdot, this harmonious wine is always attractive in its youth, but the 2009 is particularly spectacular. Suede tannins surround youthful, ripe blackcurrants, with fleshy body and enough acidity to augur pleasure after time in cellar. A Bordeaux worthwhile of a dinner party with classic American steak.
Ch. Peybrun, Cadillac – 2009
Gorgeous blackberry aromas invite one in to sample this terrifically stony Bordeaux Cab. The vines grow on clay soils intermingled with chalk, benefiting from natural drainage on steep south-oriented slopes – all adding up to very expressive fruit. A classic with a dry finish.