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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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  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

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  • Sauvignon

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  • Xavier Flouret Red Bordeaux Blend Premières Côtes de Blaye Quai Lumiere 2014


    Oak-driven aroma with blackberry and mild vanilla notes, lots of nuttiness and herbal qualities. The body has a slightly gritty feel that I like, with good supporting tannins that match the alcohol level, which is noticeable but not too hot. Notable cherry fruit on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Chris Carpita

  • Xavier Flouret Red Bordeaux Blend Premières Côtes de Blaye Quai Lumiere 2014


    Rather fruit driven on the nose on the fresh end of the fruit spectrum with attractive notes of red currants and vanilla/strawberry topped with hints of dates, a touch of tarragon, a hint of scorched earth and some well-measured oak spice. Deceptively light on entry, this actually delivers a really nice package of slightly earthy, anise spiced c... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Château Rougier Bordeaux Aoc


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    Wine review by MaxdeFr

  • Château Rougier Bordeaux Aoc


    Tres bon vin, gagnant a Bordeaux en 2011. Jén ai une vingtaine de bouteilles dans ma cave, parfait pour une bonne viande. Read More

    Wine review by MaxdeFr

  • Sirius Rouge Bordeaux Aoc 2007


    After breathing for a bit, the wine has a lovely nose of oak, anise, and some spicy notes. The taste is very Bordeaux, but it also reminds me of a number of the wonderful American Bordeaux blends coming out of the pacific northwest, with ripe fruit at the outset, transitioning into black pepper spice and finishing with some very mellow tannins ... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka

  • Chateau du Grand-Maine Bordeaux 1988


    I bought this wine for £5 when I went to visit a gentleman in Sussex who buys the cellar contents at house clearances.I have not been able to find out very much about this Chateau but it is an Appellation Bordeaux Contolee and my bottle had obviously been well cellared as the cork was so sodden with wine when I opened it that it broke up.It was... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Chateau Morin Sidaine St Estephe 1998


    I bought this bottle of wine for £7.50 when I went to collect some other wine that I had bought on the website.Chateau Morin is a Cru Bourgeois estate on a ridge of clay and limestone overlooking the estuary in the St Estephe appellation in the north of the medoc peninsular.It was inherited by a Madame Jean Sidaine in 1947 a... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Kirkland Bordeaux Superieur 2009


    This bright, fresh style offers racy cherry, plum and spice notes ... Drink now. -JM Read More

    Wine review by Wine Spectator Lists

  • Château Capdet Listrac Médoc 2000


    I bought this bottle of wine a while ago from for the price of six pounds 50 pence.Chateau Capdet is a small property that has been in the Raymond family for about a century and is in the Listrac-Medoc Appellation.At 43 metres above sea level the commune of Listrac is the highest in the Medoc and has the ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Chevalier Daviaud Puisseguin St Emillion 2006


    Last weekend I visited the annual London France Show as I do every year.As usual I visited the Chateau Guillotin stand where I tasted and bought some wine.This year I bought a bottle of his Chevalier Daviaud which is exactly the same as his standard wine[80% merlot] which I reviewed for Snooth last year, except that it spends time in oak barrels... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

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