Every one knows Bordeaux wines but when it comes to choosing one, we are always lost between Chateaux, appellations or terroirs… So today, let’s find out if you are rather "left bank" or "right bank"?
Médoc is located on the left bank of the Garonne river. It is home of the most prestigious Châteaux on the planet such as Lafite Rothschild, Margaux or Latour. Soils are mostly made of gravel, giving good drainage to Cabernet Sauvignon. As a result, blends are dominated by this grape providing tannins, concentration and complex black fruit aromas. Some Merlot is also added for its roundness and fruity aspect. These wines will generally show more structure and age longer.
In Saint-Emilion, on the right bank, the Merlot grape has perfect conditions thanks to clay soils. Wines are fruity, smooth and easier to drink young - although top wines will also develop very well in the bottle. Cabernet Sauvignon and/or Cabernet Franc complete the blend for structure and body.
You can find a very interesting (and educational!) selection this week on Your Sommelier. All wines are of course worth discovering, but we would especially recommend:
- In Saint-Emilion, the smooth and complex Château Croix Figeac and the prestigious Château Fombrauge.
- On the left bank, the great value of the Haut-Médoc made by well-known Château Haut-Bages Libéral from Pauillac, and the beautiful Château Ferrière (Margaux 3rd Cru Classé).
The selection is mainly focused on the 2011 vintage: being in the shadow of the great 2009 and 2010, it offers really good quality at a more reasonable price, and is generally ready to drink now.