This is one of France’s oldest and largest wine-making regions, anchored by the port city of the same name. A combination of several grapes creates a wine from Bordeaux, not a stand-alone varietal.
Bordeaux, home to the most collectible Châteaux wines in the world, as well as a huge selection of very affordable siblings, is famous for delicious, ruby red blends of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc that bring body and a pleasing dry warmth to pairings with roasted beef, lamb and firm cheeses.
Light and lively whites, usually combining Sémillon with Sauvignon Blanc grapes, are a specialty of this region. Ideal as an aperitif, their fresh, grassy aromas and citrusy fruitiness are perfect with grilled fish, goat cheese and vegetarian dishes.
LOOK OUT FOR THE BOTTLE SHAPE
Most Bordeaux bottles have broad shoulders and straight sides.
TRY THESE CLASSICS
CHÂTEAU TIMBERLAY BORDEAUX SUPÉRIEUR AOC
Full-bodied and firm, this Merlot-Cabernet Sauvignon blend has rich flavours of blackberry and black currant, followed by hints of vanilla. Delicious with rack of lamb.
MOUTON CADET BORDEAUX RED AOC
Dress up a simple barbecued burger with this wonderful blend of classic grape varieties (mostly Merlot, with some Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc), with cherry and currant flavours.
FRANCOIS LURTON SAUVIGNON BLANC BORDEAUX AOC
Light and crisp with aromas of grapefruit, gooseberry and lemon zest, and an acidic finish. Serve well chilled with fresh trout and green salads.
CHÂTEAU CANTELOUP, MEDOC AOC
From Medoc, a commune renowned for its top flight châteaux, this wine has enough structure to stand up to grilled steak, hamburgers and gourmet sausages. Try it, too, with pickerel or grilled Pacific salmon.