Fine Wines from France

Original & Distinctive is the UK exclusive importer for seven Bordeaux Petit Châteaux from eight of the most prestigious Bordeaux AOC wine regions, including:

MÉDOC - Château Tour Haut-Caussan

SAINT-ESTÈPHE - Château Tour De Pez

HAUT-MÉDOC - Château Charmail

MARGAUX - Château Deyrem Valentin (Château Soussans)

LALANDE-DE-POMEROL - Domaine Gonzague Maurice

SAINT-ÉMILION - Château Béard La Chapelle

PUISSEGUIN-SAINT-ÉMILION - Domaine Gonzague Maurice

SAUTERNES - Château Fontaine

  • CHÂTEAU TOUR HAUT CAUSSAN Médoc
    MÉDOC - Château Tour Haut-Caussan
  • CHÂTEAU TOUR DE PEZ L’Éclat de Tour de Pez
    SAINT-ESTÈPHE - Château Tour De Pez
  • CHÂTEAU CHARMAIL Les Allées de Charmail
    HAUT-MÉDOC - Château Charmail
  • CHÂTEAU DEYREM VALENTIN Château Soussans
    MARGAUX - Château Deyrem Valentin (Château Soussans)
  • GONZAGUE MAURICE Le Pavillon de Saint-Jacques
    LALANDE-DE-POMEROL - Domaine Gonzague Maurice
  • CHÂTEAU BEARD La Chapelle
    SAINT-ÉMILION - Château Béard La Chapelle
  • DOMAINE GONZAGUE MAURICE Clos du Pavillon
    PUISSEGUIN-SAINT-ÉMILION - Domaine Gonzague Maurice
  • CHÂTEAU FONTAINE Sauternes
    SAUTERNES - Château Fontaine
  • Fine Wine Bordeaux Château Collection
    Fine Wine Bordeaux Château Collection (6x75cl) Case
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Bordeaux Wines

Bordeaux, in the south-west of France, is home to more than 10,000 producers, who turn out a vast quantity of wine each vintage. These range from inexpensive everyday wines through to some of the world’s most expensive and prestigious labels.

Bordeaux is the spiritual home of both Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot - the majority of Bordeaux wines are the dry, medium-bodied reds that made the region famous.

The finest (and most expensive) of these come from the great chateaux of the Medoc, particularly those in Margaux, and from the "right bank" appellations Saint-Emilion. The legendary reds are complemented by high quality white wines, including the sweet, botrytized nectars of Sauternes.

While most wines produced today are meant to be drunk within a relatively short period after they are bottled, many of the best red Bordeaux wine have the potential to kept for not just years but decades during which time they will continue to improve and develop. Our Bordeaux vintage wines are from 2014 and 2014.

2012 Overview: A cold spring and a sharp frost reduced volumes quite considerably. Lovely weather in August and September brought on the crop nicely and made for some lovely wines.

Verdict: Classic drinking stock.

2014 Overview: There’s no doubt that 2014 marked a real return to form for Bordeaux after the awful 2013. It was a cold, wet start to the year which didn’t fill the Bordelaise with confidence, but an Indian summer did a lot to ‘save’ the vintage in the end.

Verdict: Very good.

A Concise Guide to Bordeaux.” - The Drinks Business, 2017

Médoc Wines (Left Bank)

Renowned for producing a vast array of full bodied, tannic and dry Cabernet Sauvignon driven clarets, particularly from Cru Bourgeois châteaux. The Médoc is the most northerly appellation in Bordeaux and offers far greater value for money than many of the more prestigious appellations further south.

Our producers include:

CHÂTEAU TOUR HAUT-CAUSSAN (Médoc, North-East Bordeaux) is a fine Cru Bourgeois property, located in the northern Médoc, and has been in the ownership of Courrian family since 1877. The Château maintains a very traditional approach to viticulture and wine making, using no chemicals, only compost which they make themselves from grape stalks and cuttings. While in the Médoc mechanical harvesting is common, they believe in hand-picking and use no form of filtration.

Saint-Estèphe Wines (Left Bank)

Renowned for excellent structured and intense clarets with phenomenal ageing potential. For those seeking the most powerful and robust clarets, look no further than Saint-Estèphe as the appellation is dominated by muscular and tannic Cabernet Sauvignon grapes.

Our producers include:

CHÂTEAU TOUR DE PEZ (Saint-Estèphe, North-East Bordeaux) is located at the heart of Saint-Estèphe appellation. The Château’s iconic 18th century tower overlooks an estate of 48 parcels covering 30 hectares laying on limestone-clay, marl and gravel soils. Since Philippe Bouchara took over management in 1989, the property has undergone extensive renovations which resulted in a significant quality upgrading in 2008 when Château Tour de Pez was promoted to Cru Bourgeois.

Haut-Médoc Wines (Left Bank)

Renowned for consistent and reliable clarets from many smaller Cru Bourgeois châteaux making wine in an archetypal Bordeaux style. Although slightly more rustic in style, many of the top Haut-Médoc clarets compare favourably in terms of quality, ageing potential and price to those of the famed ‘big four’ appellations it encompasses.

Our producers include:

CHÂTEAU CHARMAIL (Haut-Médoc, North-East Bordeaux) reputation dates back to the beginning of the 18th century, where the Charmail philosophy has been to produce balanced wines. The technique of cold skin contact, developed on the estate, serves to extract from the grape skins all the components that will ensure an optimal tannic structure in the wines. Ageing lasts 12 months in barrels made of French oak, only one third of which are renewed each year to avoid an overwhelming impact of new wood.

Margaux Wines (Left Bank)

Renowned for perfumed clarets with a finesse unparalleled by any other and a softness that sets it apart from the other ‘Big Four’. A byword for refinement, the best Margaux claret is an expressive wine that combines notes of violets, plum and tobacco with silky tannins. Being the largest of the ‘Big Four’, Margaux is also the most diverse in terms of style.

Our producers include:

CHÂTEAU DEYREM VALENTIN (Margaux, North-East Bordeaux) is an old Bordeaux vineyard with a history that dates its creation all the way back to 1730. The Château, which was constructed that same year, is still in use today. The 14 hectares of vineyards has 12.5 hectares in the commune of Soussans; the remaining 1.5 hectares of vines are in the Haut Médoc appellation. Their best vineyard parcel has vines that are close to 100 years of age, making that one of the oldest parcels of vines in the Médoc.

Lalande-de-Pomerol Wines (Right Bank)

Renowned for its sandier soil, it has a similar history and pedigree to its famous neighbour Pomerol. One of the smallest appellations in Bordeaux in terms of both geography and production, nevertheless produces outstanding, intense Merlot dominated wines.

Our producers include:

DOMAINE GONZAGUE MAURICE (Lalande-de-Pomerol, East Bordeaux) is spread over several hectares of organic farming. Maurice Gonzague gained experience first with several French producers, before buying his own vineyards and winery. Having 3.3 hectares of vineyards in Puisseguin, ideally located on the limestone plateau, Maurice also now operates three hectares in the Néac sector of Lalande-de-Pomerol. His winemaking is a "mix" of concrete tanks and barrels, to give expression to the fruits and the different terroirs.

Saint-Émilion & Puisseguin Saint-Émilion Wines (Right Bank)

Renowned for producing a large and diverse range of Merlot and Cabernet Franc dominated clarets. A familiar name to most, Saint-Émilion is one of the largest and most well known Bordeaux appellations, it is also one of the most unique. 

Our producers include:

CHÂTEAU BÉARD LA CHAPELLE (Saint-Émilion, East Bordeaux) has been in the same family for nine generations. Its 8-hectare estate is an Appellation d’Origine Protégée Saint-Émilion Grand Cru, which stipulates a planting density of only 5,500 vines per hectare and a maximum yield of 49 hectolitres per hectare. This yield is one of the lowest in Bordeaux and enforces producers to reduce the production of each vine making the grapes harvested more concentrated in terms of colour, tannins and aromas.

DOMAINE GONZAGUE MAURICE (Puisseguin Saint-Émilion, East Bordeaux) is spread over several hectares of organic farming. Maurice Gonzague gained experience first with several French producers, before buying his own vineyards and winery. Having 3.3 hectares of vineyards in Puisseguin, ideally located on the limestone plateau, Maurice also now operates three hectares in the Néac sector of Lalande de Pomerol. His winemaking is a "mix" of concrete tanks and barrels, to give expression to the fruits and the different terroirs.

Sauternes Wines (Left Bank)

Renowned for the gravelly soil and for producing equally good sweet white Bordeaux wines. Located south of the city of Bordeaux, Sauternes is part of the Graves region where the wines are characterized by the balance of sweetness with the zest of acidity.

Our producers include:

CHÂTEAU FONTAINE (Sauternes, South-West Bordeaux) is part of Château Brondelle which has produced Sauternes for several decades. The vineyards are mainly planted with Sémillon, with some Sauvignon Blanc. The average age of the vines is 30 years and the harvesting is low. The grapes are harvested by hand to ensure they are affected by ‘noble rot’ (Botrytis Cinerea) which forces the grapes to shrink so that sugar and flavours are concentrated.


Note: We are currently in the process of reviewing additional wines for this portfolio.