Af­ford­able claret

Decanter - - LETTERS -

You pub­lished my let­ter in your Au­gust is­sue, lament­ing the lack of good af­ford­able Bordeaux, es­pe­cially in the high street. I was de­spair­ing of ever find­ing a bot­tle that didn’t break the bank or didn’t end up down the sink.

I was pleas­antly sur­prised at the re­sponse from your read­ers, which in­cluded sug­ges­tions that went some way to restor­ing my faith in find­ing an af­ford­able claret that I didn’t find un­drink­able. I par­tic­u­larly sin­gle out Richard South­ern from nearby Hat­field, who rec­om­mended that I visit a lo­cal in­de­pen­dent re­tailer close to me and try a bot­tle of Château Buis­son-Re­don 2016. This was a real wine epiphany and – at an un­be­liev­able £9.95 – bet­ter than most high street bot­tles at two, or even three times the price.

Also a spe­cial men­tion for Andy Howard MW for his ar­ti­cle on Bordeaux reds un­der

£20 (Bordeaux 2020 sup­ple­ment). I’ve tried a couple of his picks and again it’s made me be­lieve that there is in­deed good-value and good-qual­ity Bordeaux out there be­yond the bland su­per­mar­ket of­fer­ings. All this com­ing from a con­firmed Span­ish wine lover who dis­missed Bordeaux in the past. Not any more! Dave Cronin, Hert­ford­shire

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