Frederic Borderie, Chateaux Les Combes and Les Gravieres de la Brandille, Bordeaux, France

Frederic Borderie, in his late 30s, is one of our stars, making delicious, perfumed whites and a range of reds which he fairly views as the equals - both in quality and longevity - of more expensive wines from grander appellations.

Modestly he ascribes their success to his vineyards being on gravelly river terraces of the Isle river, an underrated terroir with some similarities to the Médoc and Graves. He makes traditionally styled reds, built to last, but through his experience working in the USA and Australia he also has a very modern appreciation of bringing in high quality fruit. The wines are bottled under two domaine names, from land assembled over the generations by his family, but all labels share a Famille Borderie inscription. Fred himself has added land in Lalande de Pomerol.

This kind and gentle man is a master winemaker, whose wines gain rave reviews in the wine press in France and appear in many of the smartest restaurants in Bordeaux: we are pleased to be his sole importer here.

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Chateau Les Combes, Lussac-Saint-Emilion, 2016

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Chateau Les Combes, Lussac-Saint-Emilion, 2016

 From one 4.8 hectare plot with thin soils over limestone, among the highest in the...

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Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionBordeaux

ColourRed

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeGRC416

GrapeMerlot

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Chateau Les Gravieres de la Brandille, Bordeaux Superieur, 2016

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Chateau Les Gravieres de la Brandille, Bordeaux Superieur, 2016

Frédéric Borderie's principal wine, 65% Merlot with 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15%...

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Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionBordeaux

ColourRed

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeGRC116

GrapeMerlot, Cabernet Sauvignon & Cabernet Franc

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Château Les Combes, Bordeaux Blanc - Sauvignon Semillon, 2019

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Château Les Combes, Bordeaux Blanc - Sauvignon Semillon, 2019

The addition of about 20% Sémillon to the ripe Bordeaux Sauvignon adds pleasing fat and...

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Dry > Sweet

OriginFrance

RegionBordeaux

ColourWhite

ABV12.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeGRC619

GrapeSauvignon Semillon Blend

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Les Gravieres de la Brandille, Cuvee Prestige, Bordeaux, 2016

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Les Gravieres de la Brandille, Cuvee Prestige, Bordeaux, 2016

From 88% Merlot and 12% Cabernet Sauvignon, and a selection of older vines on prime gravel and...

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Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionBordeaux

ColourRed

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeGRC316

GrapeMerlot & Cabernet Sauvignon

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Vieille Dynastie, Lalande de Pomerol, 2016

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Vieille Dynastie, Lalande de Pomerol, 2016

Wonderfully ripe - rich and svelte. Brambly fruit tinged with liqueur cherries; luxuriant...

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Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionBordeaux

ColourRed

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeVID116

GrapeMerlot, Cabernet Sauvignon & Cabernet Franc

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MAGNUM Chateau Vieille Dynastie, Lalande de Pomerol, 2016

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MAGNUM Chateau Vieille Dynastie, Lalande de Pomerol, 2016

Wonderfuly ripe - so rich, lush and supple. A sense of liqueur cherries - luxuriant fruit...

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Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionBordeaux

ColourRed

ABV13.5%

Bottle150cl

CodeVID916

GrapeMerlot, Cabernet Sauvignon & Cabernet Franc

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MAGNUM Gravières de la Brandille, Prestige, Bordeaux, 2016

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MAGNUM Gravières de la Brandille, Prestige, Bordeaux, 2016

Cedary aroma; and then a burst of intense red fruit - raspberry coulis. Silky, and so fine,...

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Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionBordeaux

ColourRed

ABV13.5%

Magnum150cl

CodeGRC916

GrapeMerlot & Cabernet Sauvignon

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