Although top properties garner all the headlines and seemingly charge what they want, life can be a struggle for others. We seek out those who don't cut corners but still make wonderful wines that offer a good price/quality ratio.
White Bordeaux is often neglected and undervalued but in Pessac-Léognan there are oak-aged wines of a complexity and minerality rarely seen in France outside Burgundy.
The glorious sweet wines of Sauternes and Barsac are the result of tiny yields, a lot of work in the vineyard and a reliance on nature.
Our generic clarets are sourced from Sichel and Moueix, long established growers and négociants with great reputations. Finally there are the wonderful crus châteaux, where we try and follow properties that we buy en primeur and we know have a proven track record.
Product Code: CP00511A delicious strawberry scented rosé, with great balance. The palate is fresh and succulent, with hints of cassis and strawberry. The finish is long and clean. More »BordeauxCabernet SauvignonRosé - Dry & elegant12.0%Tarragon chicken with roasted tomatoes on the vine
Product Code: CW00212A fresh and lively wine made from Sémillon, Sauvignon and Muscadelle at a property in the Entre-deux-Mers. It has pure, clean fruit flavours. Winemaker Thibault Despagne is one of the most go-ahead young growers in Bordeaux. More »BordeauxSem/Sauv Dry BlendWhite - Dry & crisp12.0%Fillet of halibut with herbes de provence crust and lemon butter
Product Code: CR02811From a vineyard adjoining the Margaux appellation this is a fresh and fruity wine with plum and mulberry fruit character and fine tannins. Luc Thienpont is the former proprietor of Château Labégorce Zédé in Margaux. More »BordeauxMerlotRed - Medium-bodied14.0%Slow cooked lamb shanks with butterbeans
Product Code: CR08607Made by Jean-Louis Trocard near Lalande-de-Pomerol, this has all the pleasing Merlot fruit you associate with the Right Bank together with correct structure and excellent length of flavour. More »BordeauxMerlotRed - Medium-bodied13.0%Steak and kidney pudding
Product Code: CR46810This has lovely, soft Merlot fruit with ripe tannins and red berry fruit flavours on the palate. It sees no oak ageing, thereby retaining all its fresh fruit character. From an estate near Margaux, this is great value. More »Haut-MédocMerlotRed - Medium-bodied14.0%Gourmet beef burger
Product Code: CR01908A good, well-balanced claret showing a plummy nose and a palate filled with excellent juicy fruit. Pascal Sirat is the winemaker and the estate is situated just across the Dordogne from Libourne. More »BordeauxMerlotRed - Medium-bodied14.0%Salad of beef carpaccio, rocket and toasted walnuts
Product Code: CR02509A wine from the well-respected Thienpont/Derenoncourt stable and made at nearby sister property, Château Puygueraud. It has soft, mature fruit and is round and juicy with an attractive herby/spicy character. More »FrancsMerlotRed - Medium-bodied14.0%Braised shin of beef
Product Code: CR00308Libourne-based négociants J-P Moueix are specialists in the wines of that region and their Saint-Emilion, soft and plummy, is one of the very best available. This is superb value so don't be put off by the lack of a château name. More »Saint-EmilionMerlotRed - Medium-bodied13.5%Pan-fried duck breast with a cherry and cocoa sauce
Product Code: CR73008This has a delicious supple red fruit character of plums, blackcurrants and cherries backed up by good structure and ripe tannins. It will age well. More »Montagne-Saint-EmilionMerlotRed - Medium-bodied13.0%Lancashire hotpot with braised red cabbage