Bordeaux

Bordeaux Wines

What is Bordeaux?

Bordeaux is a specific region within France and is often considered the capital of the wine region.  It arguably has the finest red wines and the finest sweet white wines in the world.  The region is naturally divided by the Gironde River.  The left bank includes the Medoc region and the subregions of St-Estephe, Paulliac, St-Julien, and Margaux while the right bank area includes the subregions of Saint-Emilion, Pomerol, Bourg, and Blaye.  Additional wine regions include the area of Graves which is south east of the Médoc (left bank) and includes the sub regions of Pessac-Leognan, Sauternes and Barsac.  Across from the Graves, on the right bank, is the Entre-Deux-Mers area between the Garonne and Dordogne rivers.  All of these regions have their own appellation and laws which dictate the composition of the vineyards, time of harvest and appropriate yields as well as various winemaking techniques.

The soils on the left bank are made up of gravel, pebbles, and sand.  Cabernet Sauvignon is the dominant grape responsible for the structure, tannins, fruit and ageing potential of the wines.  Cabernet Franc is a secondary grape which gives elegance and finesse to the blends and smaller quantities of Merlot are used to bring roundness, soft fruits and body to the wine.  The soils on the right bank are composed of more clay and limestone; Merlot is the dominant grape and Cabernet Sauvignon would be a secondary grape if blended. 

What are Bordeaux Futures?

A Bordeaux Futures program is a great way to buy top-quality Bordeaux wines before they are released in the retail market. There is such worldwide demand for key wines from Bordeaux that producers sell a portion of their wine as Futures. This means that these wines are sold 12 to 18 months before bottling, while the wines are still ageing in barrels.

Bordeaux Futures offer significant savings; most of the wines are later retailed at substantially higher prices. Futures offerings include everything from up-and-coming chateaux to illustrious producers such as Latour, Margaux, Haut Brion, Lafite Rothschild and Mouton Rothschild.

Many of these wines are produced in very small quantities and are often only available as Futures. Given the growing demand for top-quality Bordeaux wines, especially in Eastern Europe, South Asia and East Asia, buying Futures is the best way to secure these wines.

Map of Bordeaux wine region - http://thewinespot.org/images%20for%20TheWineSpot/bordeaux%20wine%20region.gif

2010 Bordeaux Futures:

2010 - An exceptional year in Bordeaux!

Ideal dry conditions persisted in Bordeaux throughout the key months of August and September. This coupled with the fact that producers maintained low yields has led to a highly concentrated vintage full of finesse and power!

This vintage is being heralded as "historic" and "classic". It features a myriad of wines which all Bordeaux lovers should have in their cellar. The reds are deeply coloured with an incredible density of fruit, elevated acidity, and record breaking levels of both tannin and alcohol. The key to the vintages ultimate success is how well balanced the wines are - with the acidity, alcohol, tannin and fruit tightly woven together, demanding time in the bottle to soften. These wines are built to age, with many of the top growths only to get better over the next four to five decades! The dry whites are rich and unctuous with firm backbones. The botrytis affected sweet whites are wonderfully candied, with the perfect amount of mouth-watering acidity to keep them from seeming heavy or excessive.

A very POWERFUL, but POLISHED year!

Bordeaux Futures 2013 Booklet
Bordeaux Futures 2014