Bordeaux is a cornerstone of the fine wine world and for many years has been a reference point for others around the world - with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot so widely planted. Here are some alternatives if you like Bordeaux and are wondering what else can compete for your attention...
The structure and complexity of a top Bordeaux wine – whether Left Bank Cabernet Sauvignon or Right Bank Merlot – is still a vanguard of wine quality in the world, whatever your views on the release prices of some high-end growths.
But, the wine world has become more pluralistic in recent decades, symbolised in the early stages by a certain Judgement of Paris, of course.
Decanter’s Tasting team has picked out six impressive Bordeaux alternatives from around the world.
Some are led by Cabernet or Merlot, but others have a varietal twist for Bordeaux lovers looking for something a bit different within a similar stylistic bracket.
Top 50 New World Cabernet Sauvignon in the April 2017 issue of Decanter magazine. Available in print and digital
Six Bordeaux alternatives:
The 2012 Opus is developing nicely in bottle, and some additional complexity has already emerged to complement its Rubenesque fruit...
From the Ornellaia stable comes this beautiful red of impeccable breeding. An annual production of around half a million bottles
This Cabernet is blended with small amounts of Malbec, Petit Verdot and Merlot, giving it a lifted nose of dried
Gimblett Gravels is renowned for the quality of its Bordeaux blends. This example shows the typical freshness of the region,
The Erial Tradicion Familia uses 80 year old vines to perfection, producing a full and concentrated fruit profile...
A blend of 70% Barbera and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, some of which is dried using the appassimento technique to concentrate