You know how much we love Bordeaux! And we’ve greatly enjoyed putting together this selection for you, in the hopes it will help you build a wonderful cellar: these are some of our favourites, from crus classés, unclassified, and unclassifiable bottles, to large formats, nicely priced gems, mature vintages, and organic, biodynamic, and natural wines.
A little reminder, at iDealwine we’re continuing our service during the confinement period: we’re still delivering, as well as offering a free storage service for your wines at our safe warehouse in optimal conditions. So you can explore this sale to your heart’s content!
In Bordeaux, bigger is better
To begin with, let’s take a look at the large formats, since some of you might well be confined with a sizeable family at present…and for those with a smaller entourage, I’m sure you’re already looking forward to hosting a big dinner once this period of precarity is behind us! An imperial of Château Cheval Blanc seems to us like one of the best ways to eventually celebrate, especially in its beautiful 2016 vintage. Unless you’re more of a rive gauche type, in which case we recommend the 1993 imperial from Château Haut-Brion: almost 30 years old, this bottle will be perfect to enjoy. In terms of magnums, the choice is extensive, with for example the premiers crus classés from Château Canon (2015), Léoville Poyferré (1995), La Mission Haut-Brion (2016), Léoville Las Cases (2014) and Lynch Bages (2010). At more accessible prices, you’ll find magnums from Château de Reignac (2014), Château de Carles (2014, 2015, 2016) and Clos Floridène (2017).
The 2017 vintage: good quality and a return to approachable prices
For this sale, we’ve managed to get hold of some of the finest 2017 cuvées. Whilst this wasn’t a legendary year like 2016, 2015, 2010 or 2009, it can be said that this vintage is somewhat underestimated. The 2017 has finally reached a good standard in red, even better in white and dessert wines, despite the conditions having been difficult – heavy frost led to large losses during the harvest. This standard is nonetheless quite heterogenous, we recommend that you go more for the wines that have been scored highest by the press. As well as being a good vintage, this is also an interesting year in terms of price: there is a 20% drop on average compared to the preceding vintage. Essentially, the 2017 vintage is a good opportunity, and this sale is a great place to take advantage of this.
Rive droite, rive gauche – it’s all here
From the left bank, you could opt for some of the finest wines in their best, ready-to-drink vintages – no need to leave these ones for an age in your cellar…some of the iconic bottles are the 1985 and 1990 Haut-Brion, the 1998 Mouton-Rothschild, the 2001 Yquem, the 1986 and 1990 Margaux and the 2009 Lafite-Rothschild. But of course, there is more to life than a premier cru classé – we also have a 2005 Troplong Mondot, a 1995 Léoville Poyferré, a 2010 Lynch Bages, a 2002 Léoville Las Cases, and a 2009 Pontet Canet, all ready to indulge in.
As for the right bank, wines like a 2009 Petrus, a 2010 Angélus, a 1995 Pavie, a 2005 Figeac and a 2003 Ausone are the kind that wine lovers dream of. And this might also be the case for the 2006 Conseillante, the 2014 Clos Fourtet and the 2015 Violette, among others…
Bordeaux is bursting with brilliant deals
Getting a taste of this most famous of wine making regions doesn’t have to break the bank. There are over 150 wines in this selection for less than €30! A 2015 Château Reignac for €12 or a 2015 Fourcas Dupré for example, are fantastic finds. We’d also highlight the 2008 Haut-Carles and the 2014 Domaine de l’A (€24), or the 2005 Maison Blanche for €28. The wines from Pessac-Léognan make up a large part of these more attainable bottles, with appearances from Château Haut-Bergey, Clos Floridène, Fieuzal, and Carbonnieux. We also have a range of vintages from Château Moulin Saint-Georges in Saint-Emilion that are definitely worth considering. Second wines are often a good idea, as well – these bottles are a great way to get a taste of some of Bordeaux’s most prestigious properties for a lower price and without the need to wait for a long aging!
A superb selection of organic, biodynamic and natural wines
We have many properties here that have already achieved the accolade of certification, such as Château Latour and Château Angélus – in a broad range of vintages – but also other crus classés such as Pontet-Canet, Palmer, La Lagune, Dufort-Vivens, Guiraud and Climens. There are some lovely crus from the rive droite – L’Evangile – and from Graves like Château Haut-Bergey (biodynamic), as well as non-classed properties like Clos Puy Arnaud. Finally, we have three natural properties: Château Le Puy, Maison Blanche, and Closerie des Moussis. It’s the moment to encourage them!