• Burgundy wines are expensive, what about Bordeaux?

    Burgundy wines are expensive because of the wine's quality as well as the small production. In Bordeaux the picture is more complicated. 

    The Bordeaux wine region is is the biggest in France. In proportion Bordeaux produces 5 bottle against 1 in Burgundy. With such large production there is a wide range of prices to choose.

    The appellations of Medoc, Graves, Pomerol and Saint-Emilion are and will always be expensive. The Grand Crus Chateaux classified in 1855 (for Medoc), 1959 (for Graves) and 1996 (for Saint-Emilion) fetch top dollars - names such as Chateau Margaux, Latour, Lafite-Rothschild, Mouton-Rothschild, Haut-Brion, d'Yquem, Petrus, Cheval Blanc, Ausone, et cetera. 

    Yet there are many producers within these appellations but outside of these classifications whose wines would be of high quality but can not fetch the same high prices. Reasonably priced wines can be found if you know where to look. Take Saint-Emilion for example. There are 4 satellites around core Saint-Emilion - Saint-Georges, Lussac, Montagne and Puisseguin - where prices are very affordable.

    Beneath these price ranges look for Bordeaux produced from the 'Cotes' - Cotes-de-Blaye, Cotes-de-Bourg, Cotes-de-Francs, Cotes-de-Castillon. These appellations are great value for money.

    The least expensive Bordeaux wines would be Bordeaux generic - Appellation Bordeaux Controlee (still of AOC quality). Most of these would come from the largest sub-region known as Entre-Deux-Mers situated between the 2 rivers that run through Bordeaux, the Garonne and the Dordogne. Here the wine style is varied - red, white, rose and sweet are all produced and sold at prices everyone can afford.

    Unlike Burgundy, Bordeaux wines have a wide variance in price. Follow the above guideline and you would do well.    

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