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: CR37710La Réserve de Léoville-Barton is in fact the second wine of both Châteaux Léoville and Langoa Barton. It is elegant and concentrated with lovely fruit and well-balanced tannins. This is classic Saint-Julien at an attractive price. More »Saint-JulienCabernet SauvignonRed - Medium-bodied13.0%Pan-seared ribeye steak with crunchy green salad
Product Code: CR24107This is lovely open wine with fleshy fruit, elegant tannins and good concentration. The fruit lingers well through the length. More »Saint-JulienCabernet SauvignonRed - Medium-bodied13.0%Pigeon breasts, with braised leeks and wild mushrooms
Product Code: CR21006This has lovely, powerful fruit with excellent concentration and ripe red and black fruits. As usual it is a very classy and very typical claret. More »Saint-JulienCabernet SauvignonRed - Medium-bodied12.5%Straight up char-grilled t-bone steak
Product Code: CR24109This is lovely open wine with fleshy fruit, elegant tannins and good concentration. The fruit lingers well through the length. More »Saint-JulienCabernet SauvignonRed - Medium-bodied13.0%Pigeon breasts, with braised leeks and wild mushrooms
Product Code: CR37600Clos du Marquis is the second wine of Léoville-Las-Cases although it generally comes from its own vineyards on the other side of the road to the famous 'clos'. It shares the first wine's long-lived, dense style and is excellent value. More »Saint-JulienCabernet SauvignonRed - Medium-bodied13.0%Canon of lamb with black pudding and pea purée
Product Code: CR21607According to Marc Pages of Château la Tour de By, who was one of the first people to try this wine, this is the wine of the vintage, better than all the First Growths! More »Saint-JulienCabernet SauvignonRed - Medium-bodied13.5%Wild duck with blackcurrant and creamed celeriac