Explore this much-celebrated region, from dry-white stars to renowned, exceptional reds.
Over the past few decades, Bordeaux has transitioned from being a historic, exclusive wine region to France’s epicentre of modern styles, techniques and sustainable practices, home to some of the world’s finest dry whites, sublime yet approachable reds, sparkling crémants, dry rosés and sweet wines.
Renowned for exceptional quality red wines made from blends of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc, the region is divided by the Garonne and Dordogne rivers. On the 'left bank', the Médoc offers savoury, perfumed reds mainly from Cabernet Sauvignon with small amounts of Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Merlot and Petit Verdot, while across the river, the undulating countryside is home to Saint-Émilion and Pomerol where Merlot dominates the blends
But it is the region’s dry whites that have long been Bordeaux’s best-kept secret. Weighty, yet with refreshing elegance, the white wines can be exceptional. In the regions of Graves and Entre-Deux-Mers, zesty Sauvignon Blanc is given structure by Sémillon. Many Châteaux making wines, labelled as Bordeaux Blanc, have taken to producing fresh mineral Sauvignon Blancs that offer a little more subtlety and minerality than their new world counterparts. With recent excellent vintages, it is now the time for the white wines of Bordeaux to shine.