The word alone conjures up images of grand chateaux and outstanding red wine!
The UK is a nation of claret lovers. It’s taste for Bordeaux’s reds really started back in the 12th century when a marriage between Eleanor of Aquitaine and King Henry II brought the city under British rule. Thanks to some pretty major tax breaks, by the 14th century, the UK was the largest importer of Bordeaux wine.
800 years on and the region still produces some of the most interesting and age-worthy wines in the world. It seems our love affair with Bordeaux and it’s wines are here to stay.
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Chateau Fourcas Dupre Blanc Sec 2016 (Listrac, Bordeaux)
We love the dry whites of Bordeaux here at Butlers. This blend is 60% Sauvignon Blanc and 40% Semillon, the grapes are hand-picked and fermented in oak barriques followed by ageing in wood with regular batonnage (lees stirring) to add real depth of flavour and mouthfeel to the wine. Full of ripe citrus with hints of exotic fruit that is nicely balanced by a firm acidity.
Chateau Noaillac, Cru Bourgeois 2012 (Medoc, Bordeaux)
Winemaker Damien Pages is a bit of a rising star in the region! You’ll find his vineyards in the most northerly part of the Medoc – a part of Bordeaux that is just now being rediscovered for its ability to produce excellent wines. This is a classic claret with a real punch of red and black berry fruits accompanied by cedar and black pepper spice. Well balanced with a good structure. Now drinking seriously well.
Chateau Roudier Montagne St Emilion 2014 (Montagne-St Emillion, France)
The Merlot led blends of the right-bank tend to develop a little faster than the wines of the left-bank so this bound to please those looking for a charming, aged Bordeaux. The wine is matured 1/3 in oak, helping promote an upfront, fruit driven style with a touch of spice. It has dried cherry and berry notes along with leather and earthy notes from that bottle age.
Chateau Jacques de Siran 2014 (Margaux, Bordeaux)
Siran is a little gem in Margaux who’s wines are beautiful. They’ve been practicing environmentally responsible viticulture since the 2000s and only use organic products in the vineyard. It is made from a classic blend for this region, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc blend. It is medium-bodied and fruity, it’s an easy-going red, with a backbone of bramble and plum fruit, and inviting aromas of vanilla.
Chateau de Cardaillan 2014 (Graves, Bordeaux)
Chateau de Cardaillan is based in the Southern part of Graves and is owned by the renowned Sauterne producer Château de Malle. A nose of cassis, black pepper and capsicum is followed by an intense palate of blackberry, liquorice, and toasty oak. This really opens up in the glass.
Chateau Tour de By 2012 (Medoc, Bordeaux)
Château La Tour de By is a large estate located in Bégadan at the viticultural northern extremes of the Médoc. The wine is a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. It is matured in oak barriques for 14 months and is packed with lively and spicy blackcurrant fruit and bolstered by well-integrated toasty oak.