Both the Right and Left Bank have plenty to offer for everyday drinking – if you know where to look.
To distil down the best affordable claret buys in the US, I reached out to numerous US wine merchants to identify their top sellers. Astor Wines, JJ Buckley, K&L Wine Merchants, Wine.com and Zachys were chosen for their broad Bordeaux selections, customer-focused sales and shipping capabilities.
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Along with Jane Anson and Andy Howard MW, I then selected the best buys under $30 from these five American merchants.
I tasted everything from a 2016 biodynamic bottle from Pomerol to a handful of stellar Haut-Médoc ambassadors, and a tiny-production bottling of Vieux Château St André 2016 from St-Emilion’s smallest satellite appellation (and the home estate of Jean-Claude Berrouet, the humble winemaker behind 45 vintages of Petrus).