The Bordeaux region holds a particularly special place in our hearts here at SmoothRed. Our history with it goes way back, further even than when we chose it as the destination for our very first wine tour.
Over 100 years ago, previous generations of our family were importing some of the finest Bordeaux to the UK. Indeed, one of our family’s old price lists from 1905 shows a Château Margaux going for a very reasonable two shillings, while a Château Citran nearly broke the bank at two shillings and sixpence! If only prices had stayed that low.
Be it for beginners or connoisseurs, nowadays Bordeaux is one of our most popular destinations. And we love nothing more than helping our guests discover its countless delights and delicious drops.
The wines of Bordeaux
Where to start with the wines of Bordeaux? As they’re invariably made from blends of grapes, you could probably spend a lifetime sampling its seemingly endless varieties and never taste the same wine twice (although for health reasons, we don’t necessarily recommend it).
The grapes permitted for red Bordeaux are Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Merlot. The first is generally used more heavily in the Left Bank of the Gironde river, while the last tends to be favoured on the Right Bank.
For white wines meanwhile, Bordeaux vintners mostly use a mixture of Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc and Muscadelle grapes – exclusively so in the case of Bordeaux’s sweet Sauternes wines.
A foodie’s paradise
Bordeaux is known and loved throughout France as a grand bastion of fine eating and living.
To accompany those sumptuous reds, meat-based dishes like duck-confit and Pauillac lamb are all the rage. While the region’s white wines are best served with seafood selections from the coast, like oysters from Arcachon, and the sweet wines not only a partner for desserts but also blue cheese and foie gras!
Teeming with historic & natural beauty
As well as pleasures for the stomach, Bordeaux also offers plenty of delights for the eyes. The city of Bordeaux itself is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as is the medieval village of Saint Emilion, with both offering plenty of opportunities for idle wandering and architectural marvelling.
Beyond the city and village gates meanwhile, the Bordeaux countryside is well tended to by the region’s maritime climate. With the benefit of the Gulf Stream and the protective, warming effect of the Gironde Estuary, it’s the perfect environment for vines and visitors alike.
As you can see, the region of Bordeaux offers endless possibilities for your wine-tasting trip. We have a range of Bordeaux wine tours available. And we can always tailor trips exactly to your tastes.
Just contact us by phone 020 8877 4940 or email email@example.com and we’ll be more than happy to help.