Budget Bordeaux?—

Sometimes in life, keeping a secret can be tough. My wine of the week from Farr Vintners is one of the greatest examples of Bordeaux I’ve tasted in a long time. It’s made by one of the greatest houses in the world, but I’m not permitted to say which one. I recently tasted the 2010 vintage of the same wine and it ages beautifully.

Good recent Bordeaux vintages include 2016 and 2015, but 2010 and 2009 are beautiful and, incredibly, I’ve managed to find an exemplary bottle or two on the high street under ten quid from these superb years.

Another value option is to pick the brilliant 2.25-litre bag in box Château Couronneau Cuvée Clair de Lune 2016 (14.5%) for £35.70 from bibwine.co.uk – it works out around a tenner a bottle and it’s bold and memorable as a plum driving a truck. Budget Bordeaux? The secret is out.


BRIGITTE BORDEAUX: Château Gilet Bordeaux 2017 (13%) £8.50 M&S. Best Bordeaux red under a tenner. Earthy, scented and charming.

BORDEAUX PATROL: Château Brassac 2015 (14.5%) £9.99 Co-op. Power and glory! Sleek, deep and properly good.

BORDEAUX AND LODGING: Moulin de Citran Haut-Medoc 2009 (13%) £13.99 aldi.co.uk* Savoury stunner is magic for the money. *Online only

ALL A BORDEAUX!: La Raisin de Château des Fougères 2009 (14%) £15 Tesco. Aged to perfection – this is filthy in the best way.


Farr Vintners Pauillac 2015 (13.5%) £15* farrvintners.com. A Bentley for the price of a bicycle. Buy it. *Must be purchased in case of 12 x 75cl bottles, price does not include VAT or Duty.

This column was originally published in EVENT Magazine, Mail on Sunday, 1st September 2019