They are considered the best wines in the world. They can sometimes cost 1000 euros per bottle. You should know one thing: Bordeaux is not the grape variety, there are also cheap wines there – and a red wine in particular deserves attention.

When you think of Bordeaux and wine, the strong, dark red wines come to mind. A Bordeaux should be drunk in life. Bordeaux is not a wine at all, and certainly not a grape variety. Strictly speaking, Bordeaux is a city that is the center of the famous wine region. It is also called Bordeaux or Bordeaux.

Although Bordeaux is the largest wine-growing region with probably the most expensive wines in the world, there are also affordable wines. The vineyards are mostly flat in the catchment area of ​​the Dordogne and Garonne rivers, which eventually unite in the Gironde. The red grape varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit-Verdot have helped Bordeaux wines to become famous. They are strong, durable and so legendary that they are exported all over the world.

You should try this red

It is the white and rosé wines that you should try. Rosé has always been produced in Bordeaux, but it was the cellar masters who drank the rosé themselves. But there is one wine that you should ideally always have in the fridge in summer: the Clairet. It is actually a red wine and was already produced in Bordeaux under the English crown in the 12th century. The wine was so named because it was lighter in color compared to the dark Spanish and Portuguese wines.

Today, Bordeaux even has its own regional appellation, i.e. a protected geographical designation, for the Bordeaux Clairet. It is much darker in color compared to a real rosé. The Clairet is still produced in the traditional way. For this, the grape skins are only fermented for a short time so that they do not release too many pigments.

It is mostly made from Merlot grapes. It tastes fresh, light, tasty and intensely reminiscent of strawberries and black currants. There are of course differences in quality. The Château Penin produces a good Clairet. It is already available online for about eight euros. Or the Bordeaux Clairet from Château Thieuley made from Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon for around seven euros.