Anyone browsing our wine auction this month might notice that one region in particular features more prominently than any other.



So, what is it that makes wines from France’s Bordeaux region so special? Well, it all comes down to geography. Or should that be Terroir? The French term used to explain the effect of the local environment on a particular crop, and one that is often associated with wine production.

Sitting astride the river Gironde on the west coast of central France, Bordeaux enjoys a long growing season courtesy of warm air brought by the Gulf Stream. The quick draining, gravelly soil of the Left Bank lends itself to growing high tannin Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, whereas the clay rich soil of the Right Bank is favoured by Merlot grapes. Although other grapes are also used, these are the two that dominate a red Bordeaux blend.

While most wine is intended to be enjoyed within a few years of being bottled, the high tannin levels and acidity from the Cabernet Sauvignon grapes favoured by wineries from the Left Bank mean that these wines can benefit from additional bottle ageing. Over the course of 10 to 20 years, the vibrant, zesty fruit notes of the young wine mellow out and additional complexity is revealed. Many of the lots in this sale contain red Bordeaux wines ranging in vintage from 2005 to 2010. These have been cellared by The Wine Society of London, and are now hitting ideal drinking age, just in time for the holiday season!



McTear’s is the longest-established auctioneer of whisky in the world. Entries are invited for this international auction. For a complimentary, no-obligation valuation, visit our Glasgow Galleries or contact our specialist on 0141 810 2880 or

Ewan Thomson

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Ewan Thomson

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