Take a break from the New World and rediscover some old masters
Bordeaux wines often have a bit of a reputation as’difficult’ not to say’expensive’ and that’s true of the big crus of course.
The region is home to some of the finest wines on the planet and at prices to match.But you don’t have to splash out to get a big taste of Bordeaux, your local supermarket is a fine place to start with a Bordeaux for every occasion.
As Spring comes in with an abundance of seasonal vegetables and meats, wines from Bordeaux are the perfect complement. A fruit-forward red from MeÃŒÂdoc or Saint-EÃŒÂmilion with your Easter lamb, or a crisp Bordeaux roseÃŒÂ, made from Merlot, alongside the lighter, vegetarian meals so many people are getting into.
There’s bubbly too and determinedly dry whites, a whole cellar of affordable, quality Bordeaux wines to celebrate with. Here are some picks for Easter.
Made beneath 13th century cloisters in the heart of Saint EÃŒÂmilion, this stylish CreÃŒÂmant de Bordeaux is the perfect drink to start off your Easter celebrations, either as an apeÃŒÂritif, alongside canapeÃŒÂs, or with dessert. With evocative white fruit aromas, this dry sparkling wine is very expressive on the palate, with a fine mousse and a fresh finish.
£14.50 from Department 33
If we’re graced with sunshine this Easter, then this is the wine to open. Full of delicate raspberry and succulent red berry flavours, this lively roseÃŒÂ has a refreshingly crisp finish. Best served with light spring fare such as a fresh watermelon and feta salad.
£8.00 from Sainsbury’s
Sauvignon Blanc, SeÃŒÂmillon, Muscadelle
Herbaceous and savoury, with notes of quince and orange, this spicy blend comes from white Bordeaux specialists the Despagne family, a renowned winemaking family, with a history in Bordeaux spanning 250 years, who have organically farmed their vines for the last 30 years. Light and dry with a fragrant aroma, this wine would pair beautifully with poached salmon for your Good Friday supper.
£9.50 from The Wine Society
Sauvignon Blanc, SeÃŒÂmillon
2016 was a first class vintage for Bordeaux whites and this Sauvignon-based blend is certainly no exception. Intense, honeyed, citrus fruit notes have been rounded out through oak barrel aging, lending this wine a delicious creaminess, complemented by toasty vanilla spice and cut through by fresh lemon and grassy notes. A delightful match for white meat dishes such as chicken chasseur.
£13.99 from Laithwaites
A more structured white from one of the most notable white wine appellations in Bordeaux, Pessac-LeÃŒÂognan, this wine has an elegant nose of white flowers, lime blossom and citrus. With a delicious richness and a subtle lemon finish this can be matched to grilled fish or salads, such as a Mediterranean fig and mozzarella.
£17.99 from Waitrose
Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec
This excellent value red is ripe, rich and juicy, bursting with flavours of red plums, blackberries and sweet damson fruit, with just a touch of spice. A relaxed and balanced wine, ideal for an Easter Sunday roast Ã¢â‚¬â€œ no matter what protein you pair it with.
£9.49 from Waitrose
Merlot, Cabernet Franc
With notes of fresh blackberry and herbs, this soft-textured and elegant claret is a delightful option to share with friends and family alike. Savoury with good grip, it would make a great partner for dishes such as herb-crusted rack of lamb or stuffed mushrooms.
£15.00 from Marks and Spencer
Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot
Classic MeÃŒÂdoc but perhaps a little softer and more enveloping than many, thanks to the level of care put into its hand-harvesting and careful maturation in barrel. Full of intense, ripe, chewy tannins with good concentration and balance, giving shape without ever becoming harsh. Rounded and smooth on the finish, this would be a great partner for any sort of hearty, meaty dish.
£17.95 from Lea & Sandeman
Discover the entire range of Everyday Bordeaux Selection wines, from dry and aromatic white wines, fruity roseÃŒÂs, sparkling CreÃŒÂmants and soft, fruit-forward reds, all between £6 and £20, available from UK retailers: www.bordeaux.com and follow @BordeauxWinesUK on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.