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France - Bordeaux Wine Collection

Bordeaux is and always will be the cornerstone of great wine

Bordeaux’s greatness can also be traced to its main grape, the incredible cabernet sauvignon. This prized varietal is favored for its high acidity, which in turn allows for greater wine longevity. Wines that age gently and eventually produce a nectar-like substance are highly valued and command great respect from the wine industry’s top international wine periodicals. Tastings of rare old Bordeaux chateaux are always big news and are eagerly awaited by wine connoisseurs and aficionados alike.

Bordeaux is also a huge growing area and houses just under 9,000 wine estates and wineries, by far the largest accumulation of wine producers in France. About 75% of Bordeaux’s wine production is red, the remainder is white.

A unique classification of quality occurred in 1855 and had remained largely intact since that time. Additional classifications (Graves, actually Pessac-Leognan, in 1953 and St. Emilion in 1954) helped further define quality levels in those interior growing areas.

While prices for the really upper levels of French Bordeaux have soared in recent decades (thanks mostly to buying from the Asian markets), there is still a perceived value for many basic French Bordeaux reds and some of the petite chateaux. Many of these estates have received rave reviews on their wines and have continually scored high in international competitions. Today, it is considered great sport to find and enjoy great French Bordeaux that are hidden within the expanse of Bordeaux’s seemingly endless supply of wine.

When you consider price/value in purchasing Bordeaux, then it becomes a no-brainer to seek out a heretofore unheard of wine for its great value. There continue to be many adventures still available in today’s wine world, and Bordeaux is still a virtual wine sea of possibilities for anyone interested in classically grown and produced wine. A visit to the magical city and its environs is an endearing experience that should not be missed. The City of Bordeaux is charming in itself with a plethora of new restaurants that cater to wine-devotees from all over the world.

  1. Mayne du Cros
    2011 Bordeaux White Blend
    Mayne du Cros


    Exclusive French Import
    id: 2186
    Last Call
  2. Domaine du Vieux Manoir
    2008 Bordeaux Blend
    Domaine du Vieux Manoir
    Lalande De Pomerol


    Exclusive French Import
    id: 2185
  3. Chateau La Tour du Pin Figeac
    2009 Bordeaux Blend
    Chateau La Tour du Pin Figeac
    Saint-Emilion Grand Cru


    Exclusive French Import
    id: 2184

Andre Giraud, Julien Noel,

Andre Giraud is something of a rarity in Bordeaux due to the fact that he is the owner and also winemaker for both wineries featured in this International Wine Club Series selection. He also works the vineyards along with a small staff that includes members of his family. He points to the rewards of his craft, notably the ability to discover new and exciting things when making wines and also the opportunity to travel to meet his customers and share with them the joys of winemaking and wine tasting. His wines are a combination of elegance, flexibility and finesse along with a true respect for what the French term, “the fruit of the barrel.” Andre Giraud also has expressed the fact that his wines are the product of a fragmented culture that truthfully respect the ecosystem that produces them.

Julien Noel is a pleasant young winemaker who handles all the winemaking chores for the Chateau du Cros family of wines. He graduated in winemaking/winegrowing from the highly respected School of Château La Tour Blanche in Sauternes. Noel also has a bachelor’s degree in wine business and marketing from the Bordeaux International Wine Institute, INSEEC, in the City of Bordeaux. Prior to joining Château du Cros, he worked for two years as an assistant winemaker in Bordeaux and went abroad for a year where he held the position of a retail store manager in New Zealand.

Three important, and historic wine regions

If you are interested in very fine Bordeaux with a fascinating pedigree that is often overlooked by many, Chateau La Tour du Pin Figeac is a marvelous opportunity to enjoy first class red Bordeaux. Origin can be traced back to the second century when it was owned by a Roman notable named Figeacus. Over the centuries the Figeac estate grew and shrank, which explains the number of estates that to this day incorporate its name. Chateau La Tour du Pin Figeac came into existence in 1879 and lies between two famed chateaux, Cheval Blanc and Figeac.

When St. Emilion was classified in 1955, La Tour du Pin Figeac was given Grand Cru Classe status, the area’s second highest award. It maintains that status today, only one of a handful of wineries that are in the classified categories. The Château La Tour du Pin Figeac entered the family Belivier when it was purchased in 1923 by Gerard Belivier, uncle of the current master of the house (Stephane Giraud). Mr. Belivier gave it to his brother Lucien Giraud (Stephane’s father) in 1972. The property is planted 80 % merlot and 20% cabernet franc, a normal ratio for vineyards in St. Emilion.The grapes ares hand harvested and the resultant juice is placed in new oak barrels (2/3) and (1/3) in older wood.

Chateau Mayne du Cros, Graves - This historic place traces its origins back as far as King Richard the Lion Heart who ordered its construction in 1196 in the commune of Loupiac. The castle sits south of the village on a plateau overlooking the Garonne River, one of the life bloods of Bordeaux’s vast wine region. Chateau du Cros was originally owned by English lords, but later passed on to the French. The wine chateau dates from the 18th Century and, in 1921, came into the possession of the family of Francois Thevenot. Today, Thevenot’s great grandson, Michel Boyer operates the property at this time for the family. It is the most important vineyard in the commune of Loupiac, and is internationally known for its marvelous white wines. It occupies some 222 acres of vineyards, quite large for a Bordeaux property. Chateau Mayne du Cros is a nearly 25-acre vineyard located in the commune of Cerons, directly in the heart of the Graves appellation that is part of the Chateau du Cros. From the castle, a near perfect view of the City of Bordeaux is available to the South.

Domaine de Vieux Manoir is in another important appellation on the right bank of Bordeaux is Lalande de Pomerol, a cousin to its more famous neighbor Pomerol (home of Chateau Petrus, arguably the most famous wine in the world). Lying just north of Pomerol, it is considered a real emerging top caliber appellation by wine critics. Many property owners have invested heavily in Lalande de Pomerol ‘s estates with excellent initial results. The property that comprises Domaine de Veiux Manior is tiny, just over an acre and a half. It is planted in 100% merlot (most of Lalande de Pomerol and Pomerol is also merlot) and ideally suited to the sandy soils of its location. The wines of Domaine de Vieux Manior are incredibly rich and fruity and pair well with practically any beef selections.

About The Region

Overall, the nautical influence of the Gironde River and its two tributaries, the Garonne and the Dordogne, make Bordeaux a naturally brilliant place to grow grape vines. The weather also cooperates a great deal of the time and there are actually a large number of top growing years compared to the rest of France.

The terroir on Bordeaux’s right bank (or Libournais as the French call it) which Chateau La Tour du Pin Figeac and Domaine du Vieux Manoir sit is considered better suited for the earlier-ripening varieties of cabernet franc and merlot than cabernet sauvignon. The soil here is similar to that of its neighbors, though not quite as gravelly, yielding robust wines.

The actual acreage of Château du Cros (Graves) constitutes a unit of 220 acres overlapping the communes of Loupiac and Sainte-Croix-du-Mont. South of the City of Bordeaux, the lime-clay soils cover a bed-rock of coarse limestone as the banks of fossilized oysters reveal. The limestone base is near perfect for vineyards and is common throughout most of the Graves Appellation. The chief grape here is sauvignon blanc, mainstay of white Bordeaux.