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DISCOVER THE HIDDEN CRUS
More than Claret
Today’s Bordeaux wines are far more than the traditional Cabernet and Merlot based reds: their white wines are vibrant, versatile and super delicious. Look no further than Château Ferran Blanc 2019 (£18.00 per bottle) for a gloriously refreshing dry white. By the beach, in the garden, at a picnic, with oysters, roast chicken or cheese, this is a go-to white for any occasion.
A new generation of winemakers is bringing a fresh environmentally aware approach to the region. In 2015 Geoff and Marion Cook left their Australian smallholding near Sydney and sought a new life as vineyard owners and wine makers. Since 2018 they have used their agricultural knowhow to start the conversion to organic viticulture. The result is a genuinely delicious, juicy and oh-so-quaffable claret at under £12.00 a bottle.
The Perfect Match
Bordeaux wines aren't just for rich, meat-heavy dishes. Fruit forward, fresher characters dominate in the 'entry level' categories of both white and red Bordeaux, making them brilliantly flexible and a perfect pairing for many dishes and occasions. From fresh bruschetta with a glass of Merlot led Château Maine Gazin, to chargrilled aubergine with a glass of subtly oaked Château Lanessan (£18.75 per bottle), there are so many ways to bring some Bordelais flair to your table.
THE FUTURE IS BRIGHT
Few winemakers better represent the continuous evolution of Bordeaux than Jean Claude Berrouet and his son Jeff at Vieux Château Saint André in Montagne Saint Emilion. Jacques is the former winemaker of iconic Pomerol estate Ch. Pétrus, and took on this new estate to start an exciting, fresh project. Jeff is now at the forefront of the operation and, with his dad's decades of experience informing his innovation, delivers pure, precise deliciousness in every sip of this 2018 (£23.00 per bottle).