Category: Bordeaux Wine

Has Claret lost its “cool”?

Deep into the much-vaunted Bordeaux 2015 en primeur campaign, Ben Hawkins talks to London’s restaurateurs about the region and its worth on their wine lists. Bordeaux, even within the current dynamic and continually evolving wine scene, is still unquestionably the greatest fine wine region in the world. While it may be the antithesis to the […]

Bordeaux 2015: our best buys

Following on from our list of top-scoring Bordeaux 2015s, as well as those that pulled at our team’s heartstrings, we have put together a wish-list of wines which we think offer the best value, whether Cru Bourgeois or Classed Growth. Ch. Angludet, Margaux – 16.5/20 What a lovely, rich and fresh wine. Ch. Angludet is […]

Bordeaux 2015: picking favourites

Looking beyond the wines that ticked boxes and scored the highest, here we present the wines from Bordeaux 2015 that really set our team’s hearts aflutter, and whose prices we hope will do the same. Ch. Haut-Bailly, Pessac-Léognan – 17.5/20 The nose here is as seductive as ever. With refined, creamy black cherry and redcurrant […]

Bordeaux: classifications and rankings

What is a Cru Classé – a Classed Growth? Why do parts of Bordeaux have a rigid pecking-order, and others not? In an extract from our Wine School’s introductory book Exploring & Tasting Wine, Martin Hudson MW explains. In 1855 the Bordeaux Chamber of Commerce drew up a new classification of the red wines of […]