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: CP00512A 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: 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: CR73009This has a delicious supple red fruit character of plums, blackcurrants and cherries. More »Montagne-Saint-EmilionMerlotRed - Medium-bodied14.0%Lancashire hotpot with braised red cabbage
Product Code: CS001CThe vineyard source for this wine is a closely guarded secret, but suffice to say it has a very fine pedigree! Full, rich and complex, it has honeyed flavours and good freshness to maintain balance. More »Sauternes & BarsacSémillonDessert - Sweet but fresh14.5%Tarte Tatin with Madagascan vanilla ice-cream and almond flakes
Product Code: CR74408HThis property has attracted considerable favourable coverage for its powerful, full wines. Plenty of new oak is used which compliments the concentrated fruit. Big, rich and long with liquorice, bay leaf and cigarbox notes. More »Saint-EmilionMerlotRed - Medium-bodied13.0%Smoked venison saddle, winter root vegetables, bramble jus