Second Wines of Bordeaux

Chateau Canon

The top Bordeaux Chateaux are masters of blending, carefully crafting by grape, age of vines, plots, rows and vats.  Ever stricter selection in the pursuit of excellence means that the Grand Vin may only receive a third to a half of the total production.  This leaves some fantastically good fruit available for their second wines.  

Viewed by the Chateaux as their calling card, a chance to charm, second wines are typically made from the estate's younger vines with the same attention to detail as the Grand Vin but in an earlier-drinking style and at a fraction of the price!

We have chosen some of the finest examples from the top-performing Chateaux in the impressive 2014, 2015 and 2016 vintages.  These are some of our favourite wines in the office and they will all offer delicious drinking now and over the next decade.

 


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Chateau Rauzan Segla

Since his appointment Nicolas Audebert has done stellar work in elevating this Second Growth to the top tier of Margaux once again.  The sumptuous second wine, Segla, is a very fine Margaux in its own right, never truer than in the outstanding 2016 vintage.

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2016Segla (2nd wine of Rauzan Segla)6x75cl19-£150CS(6)[Add to shopping basket]90-9292-93-

"The 2016 Ségla is sexy, racy and inviting, all qualities found in the Grand Vin, but naturally on a smaller scale. Silky tannins and soft, pliant, red-toned fruit all add to the wine's early appeal. There is so much to like in this expressive, open-knit second wine from Rauzan-Ségla."

92 | Antonio Galloni, Vinous

 


Chateau Montrose

The acclaimed 2016 vintage produced brilliant wines in Saint Estephe, where it is widely agreed to be more successful than 2015.

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2016Dame de Montrose (2nd wine of Montrose)12x75cl6-£310CS(12)[Add to shopping basket]-----

"A gorgeous second wine, the 2016 La Dame de Montrose is incredibly expressive today. Supple, radiant and inviting, La Dame has all the potential to be an overachiever in this vintage. Today, it is quite open, and, even more importantly, flat-out delicious. In some moments, La Dame is rather nuanced, while at other times it is a bit more potent. It will be interesting to see what aging in bottle brings, but one thing is certain; the 2016 La Dame is a stellar wine. Don't miss it."

93 | Antonio Galloni, Vinous

 


Chateau Branaire Ducru

Situated opposite Beychevelle and a neighbour of second growth Ducru Beaucaillou.  A beautifully understated elegant St Julien, with a modest price to match.

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2016Duluc (2nd wine of Branaire)6x75cl7-£100CS(6)[Add to shopping basket]--89--

"The 2016 Duluc de Branaire-Ducru is a soft, fruity wine to drink now and over the next few years, while the red/purplish berry fruit and floral notes retain their youthful vibrancy."

89 | Antonio Galloni

 


Chateau Leoville Barton

One of the great names of Bordeaux with a richly deserved reputation for producing consistently excellent Saint Julien at very reasonable prices.  The utterly charming deuxieme vin has an eye catching art deco label that once adorned the Grand Vin.

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2016Reserve de Leoville Barton (2nd wine of Leoville Barton)12x75cl26-£260CS(12)[Add to shopping basket]-----

"Coal smoke and dark, stony minerals create a dramatic, moody aura here, around spicy red berries and black cherries. The palate has great energy and verve with cocoa-dusted,wild berries and an immaculate, fresh and sleek finish."

94 | James Suckling


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2014Reserve de Leoville Barton (2nd wine of Leoville Barton)6x75cl6-£125CS(6)[Add to shopping basket]---92-

"Aromas of currants and berries with flowers and spices. Some balsamic vinegar, too. Medium to full body, firm and compacted tannins and a long and flavorful finish. Solid young wine. Excellent second wine of Léoville Barton. Try in 2021."

92 | James Suckling

 


Chateau Haut Bailly

Smooth and silky Pessac Leognan from the heart of the appellation.  Whilst the quality over the last decade has been in the ascendant pricing here remains reasonable.

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2015Parde de Haut Bailly (2nd wine of Haut Bailly)12x75cl-6£250CS(12)[Add to shopping basket]90-89-9293-

"The 2015 La Parde de Haut-Bailly has a very classic cedar and tobacco-tinged bouquet that is almost the opposite to how precociously it showed in barrel. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, a crisp line of acidity, nicely structured with good density toward the finish... a very impressive deuxième vin."

90 | Neal Martin, Wine Advocate

 


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Chateau Canon

Owners Chanel have invested heavily into this historic St Emilion estate restoring it to its glorious best.  The captivating Canon 2014 was one of the wines of the vintage and the vibrant second wine also impresses.

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2014Croix Canon12x75cl5-£270CS(12)[Add to shopping basket]88-90-89-9292-

"The crushed-berry and lemon-rind character is beautiful on the nose and the palate. Medium-to full-bodied, firm and silky. Lovely texture and length. Refined. Drink in 2020."

92 | James Suckling

 


Chateau La Conseillante

An amazing terroir situated at the heart of the Pomerol plateau, neighbouring Petrus to the north, Evangile to the east and Cheval Blanc to the south.  Since taking over as winemaker for the 2015 vintage, Marielle Cazaux has produced a run of incredible vintages.

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2016Duo de Conseillante (2nd wine of La Conseillante)12x75cl5-£450CS(12)[Add to shopping basket]89-9093-

"This is so perfumed and beautiful with violet, dark-berry and hazelnut aromas. Medium to full body, very fine tannins and a juicy finish. Fresh and vivid... Only 500 cases made."

93 | James Suckling

 


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Chateau Doisy Vedrines

Ever-popular Barsac situated near Climens and Coutet.

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2016Petit Vedrines (2nd wine of Doisy Vedrines)12x37.5cl4-£85CS(12)[Add to shopping basket]---89-

"A light, lemony and smoky wine with medium body, crisp acidity and just a touch of sweetness. Very clean and well made. Drink now as an aperitif."

89 | James Suckling