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DiscoverVin introduces wines from Bordeaux Petits Châteaux-Part One

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“Some of Bordeaux's best wine value is to be found at the most conscientious petits châteaux.”  Jancis Robinson
Petits Châteaux in French means small castles.  In Bordeaux petits châteaux refers to a property not classified in the 1855 Classification System. Notably petits châteaux is a term synonymous with reasonably priced wine.  Their more famous neighbours often eclipse wines from petits châteaux, but if you love good red wine then it is well worth discovering them. Often just a fence separates the petit chateaux from a more expensive classified neighbour.  As the prices of the classified chateaux continue to rise, it is the petit chateaux that offer great value.  It is often said that in good years the best value is found in these petit chateaux as quality is found across the region, not just in the expensive chateaux.

DiscoverVin have sourced the following wines from petits châteaux from appellations throughout Bordeaux:
·Canon Fronsac

Transformation in Bordeaux

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When we lived in Bordeaux in 2009, it was easy to fall in love with the city. It is a city made for strolling and enjoying in its own right- along the broad walkway by the banks of the Garonne, which emphasises the handsome curve of buildings mostly of exquisite 18th century architecture, past the renovated facades, down the maze of small pedestrianised streets in the centre of the city linking a series of small squares filled with cafés. If not strolling, one could jump on and off the handsome glass and steel trams that almost seem to float along the streets. 3 tram lines criss-cross the city enabling easy commuting between the mains sites. Trams filled with the rich, the poor, the young and old but what was obvious was the number of university students, (Bordeaux is home to some 50,000 students), often laughing and talking loudly in impenetrable slang (what was that they were saying "schaypas"? .... Oh "je ne sais pas!"  "dunno" vs "I don't kno…

Château La Fleur Poitou review by Winsor Dobbin

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Well known Australian wine writer (and twittersphere legend)  Winsor Dobbin has published another review of one of the wines imported by DiscoverVin. This easy drinking and good value ($25) Bordeaux red wine from Château La Fleur Poitou is one of our favorites and one of the first wines that we have in stock from the great vintage of 2010. The wine comes from the appellation (region) of Lussac Saint Émilion .
Six satellite villages that once sold their wines under the Saint Émilion AOC surround Saint Émilion.  Of these villages, four now add Saint Émilion to their names to form the Saint Émilion satellites.  They are separated from Saint Émilion by the Barbanne River (more like a creek), an ancient frontier between those in the south who spoke the Langue d’Oc and those in the north who spoke the Langue d’Oil. Wines from these lesser-known regions produce some interesting wines at a fraction of the cost of their more famous neighbours.
Lussac-Saint Emilion’s history dates to Roman times.…