10 Things to know about wines from Bordeaux

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If you’d like to learn about Bordeaux, the world’s most famous wine region, read on!

1.It’s France’s largest Appellation Contrôlée region by far. Bordeaux produces twice as much wine as the whole of Australia!

2.Bordeaux is often referred to as ‘claret’ in England. Claret is an Anglicised corruption of ‘Clairet’ which is a light red Bordeaux wine.

3.80% of Bordeaux is red.

4.Red varieties grown there are Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc. There is more Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot planted here than anywhere in the world! You will also find small amounts of Petit Verdot, Malbec, Carmenère.

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5.It’s said that there are 10,000 estates in Bordeaux making wine. Some of the most expensive is Château Lafitte, which can sell for over €1,000 per bottle!

6.Bordeaux wines can be divided into Left Bank (left of the Gironde/Dordogne rivers) – this includes Graves, and the Médoc, and its communes/villages of Margaux, St. Julien, Pauillac, St. Estephe. The best quality wines carry terms like ‘Cru Bourgeois’ and the very best are labelled ‘Cru Classé’.  ‘Cru Artisan’ is a recent quality labelling term, applied to smaller estates.

7.Famous Right Bank wines include St. Émilion and Pomerol. In St. Émilion, ‘Grand Cru’ denotes very good quality, and the most expensive have ‘Grand Cru Classé’ on the label.

8.Good value for money wines are labelled as ‘Bordeaux’, ‘Côtes de Bordeaux’ and ‘Blaye.’ These are mostly Merlot, making them softer and easier to drink.

9.Many of the top Bordeaux wines are aged for up to two years in oak barrels.

10.Vintages vary significantly in Bordeaux. Top wines from the best vintages are highly sought after.

This year, the Bordeaux selection in Molloys is better than ever.   We’ve tasted through dozens of Bordeaux to bring you an amazing selection of good value Bordeaux from petit chateaux, which we know you will love!  Here’s a few to whet your appetite, but visit our French wines online to see more!

l'Arrivet Haut Brion

l'Arrivet Haut Brion Bordeaux Rouge  - medium-bodied, quite firm, with stewed black fruit, spice and a long fruity finish.  Excellent with hard cheeses, red meats, roasts.

Hebrard Bordeaux


Hebrard Bordeaux - fantastic quality Bordeaux, made in a modern fruity style; guaranteed to impress!  Exquisite layers of tobacco-pouch and cedar, mouth-filling ripe damsons & plums, with a hint of chocolate and spice.

Chateau les Graves de Loirac Medoc, Cru Artisan

Ch. les Graves de Loirac Médoc – this Cru Artisan wine does justice to its status - terrific fruit intensity (blackberry, black plum), with campfire smokiness, cloves, pleasant cocoa-like tannin, finishing long & fruity.

Château Vieux Cassan

Ch. Vieux Cassan Medoc is drinking really well; a great example of a mature Bordeaux, with classic vegetal aromas, stewed black fruit and toastiness.

La Cour Fayard Pomerol

Ch. La Cour Fayard Pomerol – a real treat for a Bordeaux buff!  Intense stewed plums, sweet spice, mocha, cedar are perfectly composed in this supremely elegant, lengthy Pomerol.

Château Chante Alouette, St. Émilion Grand Cru

Ch. Chante Alouette St. Émilion Grand Cru 2013 - powerful, with ripe intense fruits, exploding to give great concentration of dark fruit, graphite & toastiness; finishing very long.


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