For those not in the know, bordeaux has been seen for some time as the kind of wine drunk only in the leather-clad dining rooms of stuffy gentlemen’s clubs, or proffered by your boorish father-in-law at Christmas. It has been viewed as old-fashioned, or even elitist. However, oenophiles are delighted to see that France’s largest wine-growing area is becoming fashionable once again. Recognising the quality of its elegant, full-bodied and distinguished reds, and fresh, crisp whites, and their versatility with food, Bordeaux is back on the consumer’s map.
Master sommelier Mr Xavier Rousset of London’s Blandford Comptoir recently commented to me: “We are seeing more and more customers reconnecting with the region.” Furthermore, for the past two years, the Liv-ex Power 100 – the wine trade’s most comprehensive and revealing annual report – has shown that bordeaux has regained its position as the big hitter. In 2017, of the top 20 most powerful wine brands, no fewer than 18 are estates in Bordeaux. In my work as marketing manager for Wine Source, a global wine services company, I hear clients increasingly request bordeaux to buy and drink. And it is good value. You can pick up an excellent case of mature bordeaux for £1,000, while the same money would get you only a handful of bottles of a similar quality from the other great French wine region, Burgundy. Here are five of the best bottles of bordeaux to buy and drink now.