In Bordeaux, there are not only top wines, but also cheap wines

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Bordeaux is also cheap!

France’s wine region par excellence still stands behind the art of winemaking and innovation like no other. But not all Bordeaux is expensive. In the video, our expert tests a bottle that everyone can afford.

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Bordeaux is the largest contiguous wine region in the world.

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The wine region around Bordeaux is the largest continuous region in the world. The climate here is almost perfect for winemaking. Not only the most internationally successful grape varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot, but also the barrique aging technique or the art of mixing different grape varieties have their origins here. Red, white and sweet wines are produced here, which definitely have their place at the top of the wine Olympus.

Top châteux and astronomical prices

This area represents quality like no other region in the world. Almost a quarter of all French wines come from here. A: 98% of the wines come from controlled and protected origins. The area is inextricably linked with world-famous names such as «Pétrus», «Cheval Blanc», «Mouton-Rothschild», «Château Margaux» or «Latour». For any wine lover, a bottle or at least a glass of top-flight Grand Crus is at the top of the bucket list – as is a sip of famous Burgundy. The 2000 Pétrus, aged in space, is believed to be the most expensive wine in the world, with an auction price of $1 million per bottle.

Quality across the board

And at the same time, Bordeaux is much more than (over)priced top wines. You can always find a good deal here, even in bad vintages, which you can easily store for decades and which are still popular. Although the region has had to contend with droughts, forest fires or too much rainfall in recent years due to climate change, winemakers are constantly adapting and grape varieties such as Portugal’s ‘Touriga Nacional’ are now officially approved. In addition, the region is making significant progress in the area of ​​organic viticulture. Unlike the last century, sustainability is not only a top priority for top wines, but also in the wider segment.

Of course, you will find many wines from Bordeaux in Coop’s wide range of wines. Whether red or white, expensive or cheap, ripe or young: there is something for every taste!

Get inspired!

I focused on lesser known names. And after an intensive tasting phase, I decided on four different wines that offer one thing above all: fun to drink and good value for money.

4 Bordeaux for little money

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Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux AOC Château de Ricaudfor 7.95 CHF instead of 11.95 CHF

The wine comes from areas around the historic root region of Bordeaux, but is still part of it. Already this drop convinces in the nose with a charming aroma of cassis, dark cherries and vanilla. Strong, fleshy on the palate, with present acidity and crisp tannins. For such an attractive price, one can search for homelands for a long time. Combine it with juicy entrecôte or game specialties.

Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux AOC Château de Ricaudfor 7.95 CHF instead of 11.95 CHF

The wine comes from areas around the historic root region of Bordeaux, but is still part of it. Already this drop convinces in the nose with a charming aroma of cassis, dark cherries and vanilla. Strong, fleshy on the palate, with present acidity and crisp tannins. For such an attractive price, one can search for homelands for a long time. Combine it with juicy entrecôte or game specialties.

Fair

Château du Raux Cru Bourgeois Haut-Médoc AOCfor 11.20 instead of 14.95 francs

This Cru Bourgeois offers great drinking fun even in its youthful carefreeness. The aroma shows a ripe fruity aroma of dark berries and a delicate aroma of wood. On the palate, the drop convinces with a good acid structure and surprisingly soft and well-integrated tannins. Nevertheless, it looks very elegant and powerful at the same time. You can keep the wine for several years, but drink it now. Best with lamb chops or hard cheese.

Château du Raux Cru Bourgeois Haut-Médoc AOCfor 11.20 instead of 14.95 francs

This Cru Bourgeois offers great drinking fun even in its youthful carefreeness. The aroma shows a ripe fruity aroma of dark berries and a delicate aroma of wood. On the palate, the drop convinces with a good acid structure and surprisingly soft and well-integrated tannins. Nevertheless, it looks very elegant and powerful at the same time. You can keep the wine for several years, but drink it now. Best with lamb chops or hard cheese.

Insider tip

Château La Cardonne AOC Cru Bourgeois Medocfor 13.50 CHF instead of 19.50 CHF

Although the 2011 vintage is not really remembered as particularly good, the well-made wines represent a classic and elegant Bordeaux style that has been somewhat forgotten in recent years. Still reserved on the nose with cool fruity aromas of dark cherries, cassis and blackberries. On the palate with very precise acidity and a tannic structure that has integrated very nicely thanks to aging. Now this wine is really fun and can be drunk on its own as well as with a grilled piece of meat.

Château La Cardonne AOC Cru Bourgeois Medocfor 13.50 CHF instead of 19.50 CHF

Although the 2011 vintage is not really remembered as particularly good, the well-made wines represent a classic and elegant Bordeaux style that has been somewhat forgotten in recent years. Still reserved on the nose with cool fruity aromas of dark cherries, cassis and blackberries. On the palate with very precise acidity and a tannic structure that has integrated very nicely thanks to aging. Now this wine is really fun and can be drunk on its own as well as with a grilled piece of meat.

Harshly

Clos Châtelet Pauillac PDOfor 15.20 CHF instead of 19.95 CHF

In fact, the wine is still too young to be uncorked. Nevertheless, the nose develops a large bouquet of black berries, some cassis, mint and chocolate. Crisp acidity on the palate and still somewhat bulky tannins that will integrate beautifully with a few years of bottle aging. At this point, you have to compare 2019 with really spicy, spicy food. The best thing to do is to take advantage of the promotional price now and store the wine in the cellar for at least another two years.

Clos Châtelet Pauillac PDOfor 15.20 CHF instead of 19.95 CHF

In fact, the wine is still too young to be uncorked. Nevertheless, the nose develops a large bouquet of black berries, some cassis, mint and chocolate. Crisp acidity on the palate and still somewhat bulky tannins that will integrate beautifully with a few years of bottle aging. At this point, you have to compare 2019 with really spicy, spicy food. The best thing to do is to take advantage of the promotional price now and store the wine in the cellar for at least another two years.

The article comes from Tobias Gysi, wine academic and Swiss wine sommelier.

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