on the grapevine
SAM WYLIE-HARRIS ON... THE SEASON’S BEST BORDEAUX
ART, food, 18th-century architecture, immaculate vineyards and, of course, some of the finest wines in the world – Bordeaux has a lot to boast about!
Blessed with a rich diversity of climate and soil, winemakers can grow an abundance of grape varieties, some of which form the backbone to its world-class reds (predominantly made from a blend of cabernet sauvignon and merlot), along with fruit for its whites, rosés, sweet and sparkling wines.
Here are seven favourites with everyday drinkability...
1. Calvet Cremant Bordeaux Brut, France (currently reduced to £9.36 from £12.49, Ocado)
A FIZZ with finesse, it’s easy to forget that Bordeaux produces wonderfully fresh tasting cremant – French for ‘creamy’ – made in the same method as champagne. A blend of semillon and cabernet franc, this is soft and fruity with blossomy, citrusy aromas, and an appley, fruity palate with well-balanced acidity on the finish.
Chateau Talmont Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Bordeaux, France (currently reduced to £6 from £6.98, Asda)
A CRISP, tangy sauvignon. Lemony, grapefruit aromas and similar flavours dominate this brisk, dry white, with enough citrusy acidity on the zesty finish to make it a perfect partner with shellfish and grilled fish.
JMS Sauvignon Blanc Bordeaux AOC 2017, France (£12.49, Laithwaites.co.uk)
THE modern face of Bordeaux – with a trendy label, this sleek, creamy sauvignon has some weight to it from the oak influence. Scented with a nice mix of citrus and tropical fruits with concentrated lemony flavours, tangy limey notes balance the richness with a spicy note on the vibrant finish.
Chateau de Seuil Bordeaux Rosé 2017, France (£10.99, Virgin Wines)
WHY not pass on a Provencal pink and invest in this Bordelaise beauty instead? A plush, peachy gold, with strawberry-scented aromas, it’s bursting with bright berry fruits. Deliciously refreshing, it’s a lively, juicy rose that finishes with a fresh minerally streak.
Sainsbury’s Taste The Difference Claret 2015, Bordeaux, France (currently reduced to £6.25 from £7, Sainsbury’s)
AN outstanding example of a best-value Bordeaux, with wonderful depth to the dark, ripe fruits. Rich and expansive, with hints of cassis, violet, liquorice, tobacco and sweet spice, seductive aromatics and a long, intense finish makes this an instant crowd-pleaser. Terrific with a summery Sunday roast.