Bordeaux is rightly best-known for its ageworthy reds - it does, however, produce the whole range of wines; fizz, white, rosé, red and dessert.
Here are three inexpensive Bordeaux wines that demonstrate the diversity of this region.
Fizz to start
Les Cordeliers Brut, NV, Crémant de Bordeaux Sémillon
(Department 33, £12.83) traditional-method fizz with ripe orchard fruits, citrus, white flowers and yeasty, hazelnutty brioche. Elegant and refreshing with a fine mousse.
Good. Drink as an aperitif or match with light starters.
Red with main
Château du Seuil, 2015, Graves (Virgin £14.99) classic Bordeaux bramble fruit, liquorice pencil shavings and spice with some aged chractaer of dried herbs and earthiness. Fresh, with fine, firm tannins.
Good. Match with roast red meat or stews.
Sweet to finish
Château Roumieu, 2012, Sauternes (The Co-op, £12.99 half-bottle) apricots, honeysuckle blossom, beeswax and candied lemons; sweet tropical fruits, sherbet, acacia honey, Sicilian lemons and overripe peaches with some musky beeswax. Long, sweet-sour-savoury and complex.
Match with crème brûlée or lemon torte.