Bordeaux may be home to some of the most famed—and most expensive—wines in the world, but it also delivers some of the best values in wine today, if you know where to look. We’ve put together a selection of wines from some of the region’s top estates and best producers designed to showcase all the quality Bordeaux has to offer without breaking the bank. Discover, or rediscover, the pleasure of Bordeaux at Jeroboams with up to 20% off selected wines in September.
Comte de Baulieu, Haut-Médoc
Produced by Château Ramage La Batisse just inland from the village of Pauillac, this is a fresh take on claret, with briary fruits and round tannins designed to give pleasure now. Georges Pauli, who worked at the vaunted Château Gruaud-Larose for more than 30 years, looks after the winemaking here.
Château Calvimont Blanc, Graves
Xavier and Caroline Perromat took over Château de Cérons from Xavier’s parents in 2012, but this wine is named after the Marquis de Calvimont, who once owned the château. Soft in style, it shows crunchy red and black fruits, fine tannins and a fresh finish.
Château Marsau, Francs Côtes de Bordeaux
Jean-Marie and Sylvie Chardronnier own this 14-hectare organic estate near the village of Francs in Bordeaux’s Right Bank. Having received many favourable comparisons to their more-famed Right Bank companions, this is a great wine that is elegant and balanced, with soft red and black fruit and some oak spice.
Château Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc
An estate with more than 650 years of winemaking history, Château Cantemerle is regularly considered one the best-value Grand Cru Classé properties. Les Allées de Cantemerle is their second wine, produced from younger vines, which shows all the classic black cherry, cassis and cigar box aromas for which the château is known.
Château Pindefleurs, St-Emilion Grand Cru
Owned by the Lauret-Mestreguilhem family since 2006, this ancient property is located just below the famed Château Angelus to the west of St-Emilion. Generous plum and cherry fruit give way to smoke and spice with hints of leather and tobacco, supported by supple tannins on the palate.
Château de Fonbel, St-Emilion Grand Cru
Owned by Alain Vauthier, proprietor of the celebrated Château Ausone, Fonbel is situated just below its more famous sibling. Alain’s daughter Pauline takes a prominent role in running the château, supported by one of the greatest winemaking teams in Bordeaux. The wine is silky with fragrant aromas of wild strawberry and raspberry.
Château Chantalouette, Pomerol
The Château de Sales has been in the hands of one family since 1464, passing down through generations in what is likely the longest continuous estate ownership in Bordeaux. Its wines are renowned for freshness and elegance, and their Château Chantalouette is no exception, with red fruit, coffee spice, and fresh acidity—classic Pomerol.
Château Gruaud-Larose, St-Julien
With history dating back to 1725, Château Gruaud-Larose is young compared with many other châteaux in the Left Bank. It produces some of the longest-lived and fullest-bodied wines of the Médoc. Sarget de Gruaud-Larose, their second wine, is a great introduction to the Gruaud-Larose style, with a spicy bouquet of blueberry and vanilla supported by full but ripe tannins.
Château Lafon-Rochet, 4th Growth, St-Estèphe
Château Lafon-Rochet traces its history to the 16th century and was classed as a fourth growth in 1855. It is renowned for producing wines of exceptional value, with an attractive nose of black fruits and tobacco. Medium bodied with dense fruit, a touch of cedar and spice appear on the finish.
Château Bélair-Monange, St-Emilion Grand Cru
Château Bélair-Monange—owned by the Moueix family, proprietors of Château Pétrus in Pomerol—joined two historic first growth châteaux in St-Emilion. Annonce de Bélair-Monange, their second wine, points at that pedigree, being both serious and approachable. The bouquet shows red currants, cedar and dried herbs, while good acidity and gently grippy tannins give it exceptional freshness.
Château Coutet, Premier Cru Classé, Barsac
Owned by the Baly family since 1977, Château Coutet vies with Château Climens to produce the finest wines of Barsac. It is a difference of style—not quality—that separates them. The nose is floral, with white peach and grapefruit. Racy acidity matches the sweetness on the palate, while the finish displays orange marmalade and ginger.