Best bargain wines from Bordeaux | David Williams

best bargain wines from bordeaux david williams

Château de Pitray, Côtes de Castillon, Bordeaux, France 2017 (£13.99, or £9.99 as part of a mixed case of six, One of the explanations for Bordeaux’s leadership of the fine wine world is the carefully managed hoopla that surrounds the launch of the region’s new vintage each spring. In normal times, the world’s fine wine trade and journalists would flock to Bordeaux in their hundreds in April, flitting from château to château to pass judgment on an endless succession of samples of young, still-maturing wines drawn straight from the barrel. Then, as spring moves into summer, the châteaux use those verdicts to decide just how much they can charge when they sell a proportion of their stock “en primeur”: wines that won’t be delivered to their buyers for another couple of years. The whole thing usually keeps Bordeaux at the top of the wine news cycle for months. With France in lockdown for the past two springs, however, the Bordelais have had to think of different ways to spread the word about whether, for example, a wine such as Château de Pitray is as classically stylish as it was in 2017.

Château Cambon La Pelouse, Haut Médoc, Bordeaux, France 2015 (from £23, davywine…

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