Wednesday, 18 April 2018 15:56

7 Reasons to Study Bordeaux + Buying Tips

Written by Julien Camus


1) Bordeaux is France’s largest quality wine region and largest producer of AOC wine.

2) The quality of its vintages drives the fine wine market globally.
3) Bordeaux’s rich history, commercial significance, mercantile mindset, size, and quality set it apart from other French wine regions.

4) They are master at crafting wines made from cabernet sauvignon and merlot, and of course cabernet franc. Plus, they now can be drunk sooner!
5) Growing organic in Bordeaux is possible and already embraced by top properties like Pontet-Canet and Palmer.

6) Bordeaux is home to the iconic ‘The Cité du Vin’ museum which renders almost all of the other wine museums in the world obsolete.

7) If you are a serious wine student, you must master the wines of Bordeaux

Are you interested in buying some Bordeaux wines but think they are out of your league?

It is still possible to find terroir-driven wines, around $25!

Here are five examples:

  • Graves - Clos Floridene - $21
  • Graves - Chateau Respide-Medeville - $26
  • Premieres Cotes de Bordeaux - Chateau Reynon - $14
  • Haut-Médoc - Chateau Peyrabon - $16
  • Saint-Emilion - Chateau Tour Saint-Christophe - $29
  • Haut-Médoc - Château Paloumey - $18

To find these wines try here:
Bordeaux was sending out its clarets on the high seas while Champagne was red and still and Hermitage was white. To master the wines of France, it is essential to understand this important region.
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Research vintages before buying. Check out this Bordeaux vintage report on 2001- 2016 vintages in  Médoc, Graves, Pomerol, St. Emilion and Sauternes.

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Julien Camus

Founder & President @ Wine Scholar Guild

Julien worked as Trade Attaché for wines and spirits at the French Embassy in Washington DC (2004-2006). In this role, he recognized the need for French wine education as a means to spur consumer demand and interest in his country’s wines.

To that end, he founded the Wine Scholar Guild in August of 2005,an organization dedicated to the promotion of French wine and culture through education. Julien invited national importers of French wine to join the organization as Industry Members and 25 key French wine importers did so immediately.

After leaving the embassy, he has devoted his energies to developing the Wine Scholar Guild and its network of program providers around the globe. Julien holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration with a major in International Marketing from the Strasbourg Management School.

In 2019, Julien was one of the "Future 50" award winners, an award created by WSET and IWSC to acknowledge professionals under 40 who have made a significant contribution to the industry.

The opinions and views expressed in blog posts are those of the author of the post and do not necessarily represent the views of The Wine Scholar Guild or constitute any part of its educational programs.

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