Bordeaux: Yea or nay?

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Bordeaux: Yea or nay?
Bordeaux has had a bit of a rough ride over the past decade or so. With prices for the top growths spiralling out of control, and new consumers perfectly happy to forgo the classic, Bordeaux’s future has seemed dim at times. Of course there are still tremendous values to be found in Bordeaux,  but the popular perception of the region remains driven by the handful of classes growths. We asked our team of illustrious contributors what their view was of Bordeaux. It’s a fascinating peek at what real opinion leaders think of Bordeaux, and shows that while Bordeaux may have lost its dominance over the years it remains an important wine for many of us.
Another curiosity here is that when we asked our contributors “Do you do Bordeaux?” we had red wines in mind. That was not always the case when our experts replied!

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  • Snooth User: vjg6014
    1480272 48

    When I first got into wines,in my early 20's,I drank Bordeaux.I knew nothing about wine.I bought 1970 LaFite Rothschild for 29.95,back in the 1970's.As I progressed in my wine knowledge and improving my palate,I discovered that Bordeaux is highly overrated and way over priced.It is not worth the outrageous price it now commands.Its a boring,one dimensional wine for people who know nothing about wine.I drink great wines every day,never Bordeaux.I know better...

    Oct 01, 2014 at 11:04 PM

  • Snooth User: byrnesey
    1325953 27

    I tend to agree with many that Bordeaux reds are overrated and grossly overpriced. I would add it's child, California Cabernet Sauvignon which has grossly overpriced the good batches. I stick with Syrah(Shiraz) from all over, zinfandel, petite sirah, and other robust reds from Australia, Argentina, Chile, Spain, and Portugal. Throw in some Pinotage from South Africa, and who needs Bordeaux. Italy has some keepers. Love carmenere, malbec, bonarda.

    Oct 03, 2014 at 10:29 AM

  • Snooth User: Guerrilla
    1272739 20

    We used to have the same opinion about Bordeaux. In particular the higher end wines from the 1855 classification are not for drinking but rather for trading. We discounted the region for this reason alone and focused (as our recommendation shows) on bordeaux blends from other areas (we are particularly fond of Washington State). But we just attended a Bordeaux Master Class and were pleasantly surprised by some of the new wines coming out of the region. While they still feature undecipherable labels with pictures of castles on them, many of the newer and less expensive wines are much more approachable than the tannin monsters of yore. In addition the region is producing some outstanding and reasonably priced white wines based on the Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc and Muscadelle varietals. We will be posting our review of the Master Class soon. - the Advice Sisters

    Oct 14, 2014 at 7:00 PM

  • Snooth User: vjg6014
    1480272 48

    It's nice to read about people drinking so many different varietals that are food friendly,delicious,and unique.The quality/price ratio makes these wines fabulous.Its nice to explore different flavors.Good for you.Variety is truly the spice of life,when it comes to wine.Enjoy,there are many more to check out...

    Oct 14, 2014 at 9:11 PM

  • Snooth User: MrWino101
    1501408 89

    You're right Guerrilla. If you consider some of the juice that's reviewed in WS from Bordeaux, rated high and priced as such, are low production products. I see a few in every issue that are in the $400 to $600 range that have a production between 20 to 50 cases, some even less. Those are the wines that you and I will rarely see...if at all. Sometimes I wonder why review these low production juices in the first place, but I guess they (WS) just has to help in setting the pricing for the next hob-nob auction at Meadowood. You're also right about the newbies starting to come into the market. I wonder if we were at the same class!!!

    Oct 30, 2014 at 7:41 PM

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