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Bordeaux Controlée, a.k.a. Bordeaux AOC, is an appellation covering wines produced all over the Bordeaux region of France. These are wines that are not produced from grapes grown exclusively in the specific AOCs such as Margaux or Pomerol, but are either sourced from a variety of different vineyards or use different grape blends and aging methods otherwise not permitted within the other AOCs. These are considered the Bordeaux bargain wines, and in most cases, lack the aging potential and grace of more prestigious appellations. However, in the right hands, these can still be excellent values with good flavor structure. 
 
The grapes consist of all the regional grapes, produced as single varietal releases or in blends. For reds, these are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Carmenère, and Petit Verdot. For whites, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Muscadelle, Ugni Blanc, Colombard, Mauzac, and Ondenc. Styles include dry reds, whites, and rosé and the Read more »

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  • Time to turn the amp up to 11, at least for the wine hype machine, thanks to James Suckling on the 2015 vintage of Chateau Margaux:"The greatest Margaux ever made. More than perfection. Full body, firm and ultra-silky tannins. Black currant, mineral and floral character. It starts slowly and seems almost endless on the palate. Seamless. I want t... Read More

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  • D, the "observed" incidences of doing blinds--not anecdotes of parties someone was at, but controlled tastings with actual reportage--suggest that, yeah, most of us can tell a PN from a Cab, but not much else.  And the "experts" rarely fare better when given a real test.  When wine mags do ratings, they supposedly do them blind, but they aren't ... Read More

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  • Duncan, I'm with Dave on this.  Yes, they have a monitoring agency, but that's also what the TTB is.  (Formerly part of ATF, but alcohol and firearms aren't a good mix.) Adulterating wine is older than regulating it, meaning the Europeans have lots of experience at it and are pretty good at it.  Rumor almost never go away that someone is putting... Read More

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  • Very interesting, DM.  I was always of the opinion, and, of course, ... ... legal to  use them in Bordeaux AOC wine Read More

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  • Chateau Laribiere Bordeaux 2000

    Snoothrank:

    This bottle of wine was part of a lot I bought on the website ... is a simple Bordeaux AOC from Chateau Laribiere. I do not know the exact cepagement but I presume it to be a blend of merlot and one or both of the cabernets. I started it the other evening with my supper of chicken breast. There is some blackcurrant and plum style fruit there bu... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Chateau Haut-Mouleyre Grande Reserve Metal Label 2011

    Snoothrank:

    This modest wine from the right bank of the Garonne is very reflective of the so-called Bordeaux "style" - somewhat taut, a little tart and redolent of deep, black berries. From the "normal" 2011 vintage, flavours harken back to the 1960's or earlier and spell F-R-A-N-C-E. A little thinner than products from the other side of the river, this wi... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • I had a lovely right bank claret from a petit chateau, It was Cuvee La Rose ... ... in the Cadillac Cotes de Bordeaux AOC. It is a classic blend of 85% merlot and 15% cabernet franc and was aged for 12 months in oak barrels.I had it with my supper of lamb chops. There was plenty of blackcurrant and plum style fruit there and the tannins were s... Read More

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  • Château Haut Bernin 2011

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    Wine review by mark


  • I am surprised that EMARK did not like the Mouton Cadet.I have not seen it in ... it one of the better plain Bordeaux AOC's almost on a par with the Dourthe No 1.Perhaps your bottle was badly stored? Meanwhile I have just finished a bottle of Rene Rostaing Cote-Rorie for which I have written up a review. It was lovely by the w Read More

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  • Rudy was more creatively specialized. Chinese Bordeaux scams were a bubble industry. The Brunello scam is a side dish. Meat and potatoes of the fake wine industry are even a bit more plebeian, finessing AOC, DOC, etc. requirements across broader ranges of less-high-profile denominations. Large volume business with often lesser risk. Huge amounts... Read More

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