France is full of value wines, and in many cases the values come from some of the same regions as the greatest wines in the country!
I think it’s safe to say that no region in France is better known than Bordeaux, so it might be surprising to many that Bordeaux is also a great region for values, but it’s true. Not only Bordeaux, but a huge chunk of France to the south and west of Bordeaux offers some amazing, character-filled wines!
Bordeaux is the land of Cabernet- and Merlot-based blends. As a general rule you’ll find more Cabernet Sauvignon in the Left Bank wines and more Merlot in those from the Right Bank. Some superb wines are coming from what have generally been referred to as the satellite appellations. Regions like Fronsac, Côtes de Blaye, and Côtes de Bourg have always produced interesting wines but today’s producers are finding ways to produce more refined and better balanced wines than ever.