A Taste of Bordeaux

Mark Wrigglesworth

Posted on December 10 2014

We are celebrating the wines of Bordeaux over the weekend of 13 and 14 December. We will have a selection from our favourite Chateaux and vintages open to taste in our shops to demonstrate the variety of styles available from this mighty region.

A Taste of Bordeaux

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The region of Bordeaux is vast! Boasting 120,000 hectares of vineyards in the Gironde it is four times the size of Burgundy. 10,000 wine producers have made their names in 57 different appellation contrôlées. There is enormous variety available in the 9 million bottles produced every year with the proportions of grape used in each wine being the starting point. 99% of the red wine made in Bordeaux is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, the final 1% is made up of the grapes used as ‘seasoning’; Malbec, Petit Verdot and Carmenere. Masterful blending creates a spectrum of styles ranging from the velvety, savoury Merlot-based Pomerols to the cassis rich Cabernet dominant wines of Pauillac.

A Taste of Bordeaux

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Climate and soil also contribute to the indefinable terroir which is unique to each plot of land. Pétrus in Pomerol typifies a sense of place more so than any other wine in the appellation; the ‘buttonhole’ of iron-rich clay on which the vineyard is planted is the highest point in the region, rising above the sandy soils it is surrounded by.

We will be celebrating the diversity of Bordeaux with an informal tasting at Chiswick and Kew from 5 o’clock on Friday 12 December until close on Sunday 14. We will have a great selection of wines open to taste so pop in to taste some of the biggest names and best kept secrets from the region – including a great Bordeaux white.

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