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The Keys To Bordeaux: Choosing The Right Wine

Bordeaux is a wine lover's dream. Whether you have plans to visit the area, or you tend to gravitate to this appellation on wine lists, here are some tips to help you choosing the right wine for you!

By Christabel Brain
2018/01/05, 10:35 AM


Key points to help you choose a great Bordeaux wine.

1. Be wary of wines under €4.
Expensive doesn't always mean good quality, but anything under €4 is unlikely to be of a good standard, no matter what it says on the label.

2. Look for 'Bottled at the Château' on the label
A label can say a lot about a wine, if you know what to look for. Forget the fancy artwork and pretty fonts, what you need to know is if the wine was bottled straight at the Château and hasn't gone through a third party.

3. Choose your recommendations wisely
Every man and his dog has an opinion about which wines are the best. Reviews from critics like Dupont, Parker or Quarin tend to be good indicators. Of course you can always trust our very own sommelier, Jean-Michel Deluc, to give the best wine recommendations!

4. Think about what you're buying for before choosing
Is it for a particular event, or a special meal? Is it to drink now or to keep in your cellar? It's important to know what you're buying for when you choose wine.

5. Go off the beaten track
If you know what to look for, you'll come across fantastic quality wines that are half the price of some of the famous appellations. If you don't have the time to explore for yourself, then you're in luck because that's what our sommelier, Jean-Michel, spends his days doing. He explores wineries and vineyards that don't sell to your nearest supermarket, to find unique treasures.

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