Brilliant Bordeaux, $50 and Under

Retail Team | September 21, 2022

Few need convincing that Bordeaux is a source of great wine, from Right Bank to Left Bank. But if it’s your own bank you’re more concerned about, then this region can still serve you well.

With this in mind, Sotheby’s Wine brings to you an array of delectable bottles friendly to both wallet and palate. This range showcases impressive versatility and an affinity with food -  just what’s needed to bring a touch of midweek magic to your wine diet. We continue to offer our 10% discount on these wines when ordered in 12-bottle case quantities.

Spoilt for choice? Take a look at the impressions of our team below for inspiration!

Left Bank

Esprit de Chevalier Rouge 2016
Lower left bank enthusiasts will welcome the well-concentrated polish of 2016 Esprit de Chevalier Rouge. This second wine of Domaine de Chevalier features a classic Graves bouquet of mulled cherries, leafy herbs, and loamy earth.

Esprit de Chevalier Blanc 2016
A verdant, glossy white Bordeaux with the typical lift of Sauvignon Blanc (75%) aromatics and zesty verve of Sémillon (25%). The second wine of the Bernard family’s Domaine de Chevalier, this ‘secret garden of the Graves’ rarely fails to deliver.

Marquis de Calon 2018
We can’t resist this luxurious second wine from Château Calon-Ségur in Saint-Estèphe. Close to an even split of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, Marquis de Calon offers marvelous complexity with its luscious array of black cherry and damson fruit. Aromas of tobacco and warm cedar lead this inky full-bodied Bordeaux to a gripping finish.

Right Bank

Franc Couplet 2016
A steadfast standout in terms of quality to price point ratio, this easy-drinking Bordeaux is a fall-friendly delight with its soft and attractive mélange of dark wildberry and cassis.

Saintayme 2017
Saintayme is an elegant entry-level cuvée from the late Denis Durantou of L’Église-Clinet. With plush fruit on a leaner frame, this medium-bodied expression of Merlot offers a juicy core of dark red plum and mulberry, an excellent companion for an array of seasonal fall dishes.

Chenade 2016
With a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Bouchet (Cabernet Franc), this is the great Denis Durantou’s sumptuous Lalande de Pomerol shown in a vintage hailed as a modern great. Think polished and plummy fruit profile, with a soft-edged acidic line and depth of dry spices running throughout.

Fonbel 2018
Owned by the Vauthier family of Ausone, Château de Fonbel is a 16-hectare property in the South of Saint-Emilion that consistently delivers exceptional value by way of Right Bank Bordeaux. This 2018 Merlot-dominant blend features smokey black fruits with subtle hints of dried herbs and earth.

Marsau 2018
A remarkably balanced and poised expression of Merlot from just off the beaten path in Francs Côtes de Bordeaux. Ideal for a fireside on a cool autumn evening, our staff was impressed by the purity of this wine’s cherried fruit and its lifted mineral verve.

Mondot 2018
Hailing from Saint-Emilion, Mondot is a standout in terms of affordable Bordeaux from the 2018 vintage. This second wine of Troplong Mondot is 100% Merlot, delivering an abundance of sun-kissed blackberry and rich cassis. There is a freshness to the fullness here, reflecting the château’s recent move towards a more elegant, lighter style. Expect an array of lifted florals, warm spice, and fine, silky tannins.

Corbin 2018
For those who look for greater richness and generally darker fruit flavour, the 2018 Château Corbin shows you all the might of the ripe 2018 vintage. With the classic mineral framework of its appellation and mid-palate breadth, this will stand up to richer dishes effortlessly.