Contrary to popular belief, Bordeaux is a region that offers up some of the most interesting and varied wines from the French vineyard and at interesting prices too. Don’t believe us? Our latest fixed-price sale is sure to persuade you.
Welcome to Bordeaux! A region that we hold very dear here at iDealwine and that many of in the team call home. A perfectly balanced, ready to drink grand cru is always a thing of wonder but an astonishing discovery from a special parcel in a lesser known appellation gets us just as excited. We’re talking about those special cuvées that taste like nothing else you’ve ever tried and change your perception of Bordeaux…
Whether it’s the Médoc, the right bank or Sauternes, Bordeaux remains the ultimate cellaring wine. Signatures such as Lafite Rothschild, Haut-Brion or Cheval Blanc make wine lovers over the world swoon. And with good reason! These extraordinary wines become other worldly after some time in the cellar and the second wines are a wonderful opportunity for wine lovers to experience these domains for less. Try, for example, Carruades de Lafite Rothschild, Le Clarence de Haut-Brion, Petit Cheval, Les Tourelles de Longueville or Petit Figeac. Don’t miss the beautiful crus classés from the Médoc (Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, Léoville Poyferré, Prieuré Lichine, Rauzan Ségla, Fombrauge, Lagrange, Cos Labory), Sauternes (Rieussec), Pessac-Léognan (Domaine de Chevalier, Haut-Bailly, Fieuzal) and the right bank (Pavie Macquin, Ferrand, Canon la Gaffelière).
This fixed-price sale also gives you the opportunity to buy some beautiful classic wines at excellent prices from Château du Taillan (Haut-Médoc), Le Sartre (Pessac-Léognan), Belle-Vue (Haut-Médoc), Tour Haut-Caussan (Médoc) and Reignac. They’ll be perfect with your entrecôtes this summer.
The Bordeaux vineyard produces its fair share of unclassifiable wines, often under a less prestigious AOC than those of the Médoc, Saint-Emilion and Pomerol. Stylistically these wines can have a newer style, oriented towards finesse and elegance – a bit more “Burgundian” than the super concentrated, structured and oaked wines that Bordeaux is traditionally known for. This is the case for the wines of Domaine de l’A from Stéphane Derenoncourt (Castillon-Côtes-de-Bordeaux) that have much aromatic finesse and a silky texture; Château Valandraud from Jean-Luc Thunevin, often described as a “garagiste” producer; Château de Francs from Dominique Hébrard (Château Trianon) and Hubert de Boüard (Château Angélus; Château Clarisse and Château Ampélia, whose owner also has Grand Corbin-Despagne. We also highly recommend Clos Manou that produces fresh, elegant and fruit forward wines with a certain structure.
Times are changing in Bordeaux. Respecting the environment is a priority for many producers and more and more domains in this region are obtaining organic, and even biodynamic, certification. We propose a biodynamic domain that, in our humble opinion, produces one of the finest Bordeaux: Château Pontet-Canet. Velvety and with plenty of finesse, this wine boasts wonderful structure and a true expression of terroir that sets it apart. Sticking with the 1855 grands crus, why not try something from Château Latour which this year received its organic certification. Château Climens is a biodynamic grand cru and probably one of the three finest Sauternes (here a Barscac), lauded for its balance and more ethereal qualities.
In addition to these mythic signatures, you’ll also find organic and biodynamic wines at more everyday prices. Take the offerings from Clos Puy Arnaud, an outstanding balance between price and pleasure. This right bank domain (Castillon-Côtes-de-Bordeaux) produces silky and fresh wines with crisp fruit flavours. A top recommendation.
There are plenty of other wines in this fixed-price sale close to organic and biodynamic such as those from Château Haut-Carles. This domain practices organic and biodynamic methods without the certification.
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