Never heard of the lovely city of Bordeaux? While it’s true that it is best known because of its famous wine and vineyards -if not the most famous – in the whole wine industry.
Starting from the Roman Empire and growing ever since, the notoriety of Bordeaux’s wine is now familiar to each and every one of us. Names like Yquem, Haut-Brion, Mouton-Rothschild, Lafite, Latour, Margaux will probably ring a bell to you. These legendary wines are very popular on the tables of Michelin-starred restaurants and in auctions. The quality and complexity of Bordeaux wines are largely a result of the geological diversity of the wine-growing region.
Every wine estate (known as ‘châteaux’ in French) has its own specificities and anecdotes throughout history. Lots of them belong to ancient and rich family dynasties such as the Rothschild family.
And now imagine that it’s not any wine, it’s your own wine, taken directly from your vineyards with your name on the label, just imagine the incredible sensation of pride and honour you’d feel!
Moreover, investing in vineyard properties can result in a beneficial operation if you decide to export the wine produced. And the possibility to participate in the grape harvest with the help of local villagers will delight all the family as it is pleasant and instructive.
We currently have several vineyards for sale on our books near Bordeaux:
The production of wine near Bordeaux is predominantly red wine and rosé (9 out of 10 bottles), though there are some exceptional white wines too. Grape varieties include Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc for red wines and Sauvignon, Semillon and Muscadelle for white wines. The region of Bordeaux has around 40 registered and protected designation of origin wines (AOC). Bordeaux is the France’s largest region according to AOC records on volumes sold.
How to find your way round all Bordeaux’s names:
The Bordeaux wine-growing region is divided into 6 main geographical areas along the Gironde River. On the south side of the Gironde estuary, there is the Medoc area, then below, the Graves area and Sauternais areas. On the other side of the river, there are first the Blayais and Bourgeais areas, then Libournais and finally the Entre-Deux-Mers area. These six subdivided areas host 40 registered designation of wines (like Sauterne, Pauillac, Pomerol, Saint-Emilion, and Saint-Julien). These 40 registered designations often takes the name of the town where the grapes are grown. There are over a thousand “châteaux”, or wine estates where the grapes grow. This way, several châteaux located in the same area (usually next to each other) share the same registered designation. For instance, the famous château Latour estate shares production of the Pauillac wine with the château Lafite Rothschild estate and the château Mouton Rothschild estate. These three châteaux are all located in the town of Pauillac.
The best vintages for Bordeaux wines were in 1900, 1929, 1949, 1961, 1982, 1990, 2000, 2005 and 2009. The top of the most expensive Bordeaux wines includes the Pomerol’s Château Pétrus (expect to pay $2,700 for a bottle of the 2005 vintage), the Château Margaux (Margaux wine), the Pauillac’s Château Latour, the Pauillac’s Château Lafite Rothschild and Mouton Rothschild, the Saint-Emilion’s Château Cheval Blanc, the Pessac-Leognan’s Château Haut-Brion, the Pomerol’s Château Le Pin, and finally the Saint-Emilion’s Château Ausone.