To celebrate the addition of our new Bordeaux wine into the range here's eight top tips to start you on your way from Bordeaux Bluff to Bordeaux Buff ....
1. As with most (but not all) French wines they are named after the region they come from and not the grape (the exception is wines from Alsace which are named by grape variety) so Bordeaux is the region where the wine is the produced.
2. Claret is another name for Bordeaux. It is a British nickname and is a general term used to describe Bordeaux wines.
3. Bordeaux wines are blends which can be produced from up to 6 different grapes -Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Carménère.
4. Bordeaux is pronouced "Bor-DOE".
5. The most important and dominant grapes in Bordeaux wines are Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
6. Look on a map and check out the Gironde estuary which divides Bordeaux in half. The west side of the Estuary, also known as the left bank, produces wines dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon. The east side of the estuary, the right bank, produces Merlot dominant wines.
7. Vintages are very important in Bordeaux. The vintage on the label is the year the grapes were harvested. At the most basic level the quality of a vintage depends on the weather in that year. But, Bordeaux is a large and varied region so a good vintage in one appellation was not necessarily a good vintage in the neighbouring one. Check out Decanter's Bordeaux vintage guides here.
8. Typical characteristics of Bordeaux wines include aromas and flavours of blackcurrant, plum, cedar, graphite and earthiness.
To create your wine gift using our fabulous new Bordeaux start here then choose your personalised wine label: www.bottlebazaar.co.uk/wines/bordeaux
To learn more about wine and in the comfort of your own home we recommend checking out The Wine Education Company. Based in Hertfordshire, like us, they can host fun and informative training and wine tasting events. See their website for more info.