While the better-known Bordeaux are indeed going through an identity crisis (being a wine to drink vs being a status symbol to collect and trade), the majority of Bordelaise are going through their own crisis, a crisis of confidence. They have been wrongly grouped with the many Chateaux whose wines are priced out of the reaches of most, not to mention whose styles have veered far from what many a drinker thinks of as classic for the region.
So what is one to do? Look to the so-called “lesser Bordeaux,” where values abound and one can still find fun, affordable wines that deliver an experience that is uniquely Bordeaux!
Photo courtesy Gregory Dal Piaz