Bordeaux is world famous for its production of fine wine. The city is awash with bars and restaurants serving the finest vintages – there is even a museum dedicated to the history of wine named Cité du Vin.
Across the hospitality scene in Bordeaux there are fantastic wines to sample. In this article, I will reveal three of the best glasses that we tried across the city – and where to find them. You may think that sampling quality wines will hit you hard in the pocket but that is simply not the case.
Bordeaux offers some of the best prices on the best wines. It’s easy to turn up to a cafe, bar or restaurant and enjoy a glass of quality wine for a couple of euros. Pairing the wine with a cheese or charcuterie plate, or as a partner to a great meal, is the perfect way to pass the time in this beautiful city.
So, without further delay, here are the top 3 wines to try in Bordeaux…
#3 AOC Bordeaux – Château Rauzan Despagne – Le Bar a vin
Le Bar a Vin is situated just off the Place de la Comédie and features an ‘Ecole du vin’ – a school of wine. The building is beautiful, almost like a library meets a hotel. A bar sits in the centre and comfortable, relaxed seating creating a casual atmosphere with the smell of wine ever present in the air.
The service is also very friendly and English is spoken should you need it. There is a simple menu featuring small plates of cheese,charcuterie and pate all at a fair price. We opted for two glasses of white and two glasses of red to conduct our ‘mini tasting’ along with a terrine of foie gras.
Incredibly, the cheapest white wine that we chose was the AOC Bordeaux – Château Rauzan Despagne at just €2 per glass. This fruity, acidic and slightly dry wine went superbly with the foie gras to cut that richness of the terrine. A quite unbelievable discovery for the price.
You can read a more detailed review of Le Bar a Vin here
#2 Château La Lande – Restaurant Melodie
Reservations are a must at Restaurant Melodie. This place is a tiny hole-in-the-wall kind of restaurant that features a menu of three courses for just €20. On our visit, many people who turned up on the off chance of securing a table were politely sent on their way.
The wine list at the restaurant is quite a concise one. We opted to step out of Bordeaux’s plethora of vintages and head in the direction of nearby Medoc. A glass of Château La Lande looked most tempting at €6.
From the first gulp you can really detect the intense red fruit flavours that this smooth number possesses. Just enough tannin on the finish makes this a very good partner to food. In particular the fantastic ‘Parmentier de Canard’ – a confit duck shepherd’s pie.
You can read a more detailed review of Restaurant Melodie here
#1 Saint Emilion Grand Cru 2012 – Château Tour Grand Faurie – O P’tit Bahut
O P’tit Bahut is a wine bar tucked away in the backstreets of Bordeaux. In similar style to Restaurant Melodie, this is a tight affair with only a few tables and high stools. Reservations are of course highly recommended.
We loved the offerings from this place, it has to be the most simple and enjoyable place to work. The menu is effectively assorted platters such as The Basque platter featuring chorizo, Basque cheeses and cold cuts plus salad. We chose the Basque and Savoyarde platters, both of which were sublime.
The best part, however, was the wine. A Saint Emilion Grand Cru 2012 – Château Tour Grand Faurie which was hands down the best wine that we were fortunate enough to discover here in Bordeaux. At a price of just €6.50 per glass.
Rich and fruity with a smooth finish, you could really tell the quality of this wine. Normally strong red wine has a tendency to knock you on your backside after a glass or two but this was the exception.
Made from 90% merlot grapes and 10% cabernet, this was a winning formula. A perfect match to our delicious boards – you simply can’t miss an experience at O P’tit Bahut when in Bordeaux.
You can read a more detailed review on O P’tit Bahut here