At Winerist, we’ve been experiencing a Bordeaux epiphany of late. While we have always adored sipping fine Bordeaux, it’s safe to say that we’ve been a bit sniffy about the more affordable stuff. Perhaps in the past, this might have been for good reason, but not any more! Here’s the first in a series about affordable, everyday Bordeaux by Colin Hampden-white with some great suggestions for white wines....
When Bordeaux is mentioned in conversation about wine, the striking price may be the first thought of many, closely chased by how lovely to drink those wines will be, but not really an opportunity for everyday drinking. On the whole, people also think of red wine when they think of Bordeaux or maybe, the sweet white wines of Sauternes. Certainly, the latter would be assumed to be expensive.
The truth is, this is far from the reality. Outside the traditionally expensive appellations, there is a plethora of wines – red, white and even sparkling – that are not expensive and can be found readily in our shops and online. The marvellous thing about these wines is that, as well as being very affordable, they represent fabulous value for money, giving great quality and are a pleasure to drink. Unlike many of the classed growth wines, that need a good few years to mature before the tannins calm down or the flavours come through a wall of acidity, these more affordable wines are ready to drink from their release and will last well, if stored properly.
These wines don’t always stick to the well-known blends of the left and right banks. Malbec and Carménère can more frequently be found and in white wines, we may see Sauvignon Gris sneaking in there as well as the traditional Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon.