Bordeaux in Words: 17 Cute Quotes about the Wine Capital

Bordeaux, known as the wine capital of the world, is a place of rich history, exquisite vineyards, and remarkable flavours. It has inspired countless individuals, from writers and poets to sommeliers and connoisseurs, who have sought to capture its essence through the power of words. In this blog post about Bordeaux in Words: Captivating Quotes from the Wine Capital,  I  invite you to embark on a journey through the soul of Bordeaux, as I present a curated collection of captivating captions and quotes that beautifully encapsulate the allure and magnificence of this renowned wine region.

From the poetic musings of famous authors to the insightful reflections of industry experts, these captions and quotes provide a glimpse into the passion, complexity, and sheer beauty that make Bordeaux truly exceptional.

So, grab a glass of your favourite Bordeaux wine, settle into the world of eloquent expressions, and let the words transport you to the heart of this remarkable wine capital. Let’s discover Bordeaux through the influence of quotes!

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Bordeaux, France


Here is my favourite selection of a tapestry of quotes from revered wine experts to the musings of writers and poets that celebrate the beauty, complexity and timeless allure of Bordeaux.

“Why tie to gold? Why not 1982 Bordeaux?” — Richard Thaler, Author.

“The most expensive bottle of wine ever sold — a 1787 Château Lafite Bordeaux, supposedly once the property of Thomas Jefferson… It was sold at Christie’s in London in 1985 for $156,000.00. Like a lot of high-priced art, the bottle is essentially undrinkable.”  Robert Genn, Artist.

“Most of the men regarded Europe as a wine list. In their mental geography Rheims, Rhine, Moselle, Bordeaux, Champagne, or Würzburg were not localities but libations.” — Edna Ferber.

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wine cave at The Cité du Vin Bordeaux

“If you talk about Cabernet and Merlot-based value between $10 and $25, I will tell you that Bordeaux is the best value in the world.” — Gary Vaynerchuk, Author.

“Baseball fans love numbers. They love to swirl them around their mouths like Bordeaux wine.” — Pat Conroy, Author.

“I can certainly see that you know your wine. Most of the guests who stay here wouldn’t know the difference between Bordeaux and Claret.” — John Cleese, Author.

“Burgundy makes you think of silly things; Bordeaux makes you talk about them, and Champagne makes you do them.” — Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, French Lawyer.

“The first famous winemaking consultant was the late professor Emile Peynaud, who reigned over Bordeaux throughout the 1940s, 50s, 60s, and 70s.” — Robert M. Parker, Jr., a retired US wine critic.

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wine barrels at a vineyard in Saint Emilion

“Bordeaux would be naive not to recognize that Robert Parker was driving the brand equity. If the next generation doesn’t care about Château Pichon-Lalande, then you have a problem.” — Gary Vaynerchuk

“Nineteen-eighty-two is a vintage of legendary proportions for all levels of the Bordeaux hierarchy. In short, it is a vintage that has produced the most perfect wines in the post-World War II era.” — Robert M. Parker, Jr. Author.

“Not so much that I wanted to give up rock writing, but I also wanted to try something new. So I moved to a crumbling stately heap on top of a hill in the middle of nowhere in Southwest France, about 60 miles from Bordeaux: wine instead of cocaine.” — Sylvie Simmons, Music Journalist.

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“Cities are about juxtaposition. In Florence , classical buildings sit against medieval buildings. It’s that contrast we like. In Bordeaux, we built law courts right next door to what is effectively a listed historic building, and that makes it exciting.” — Richard Rogers, An Architect.

“Although the French appellation system has its roots in the 1923 system created in Chateauneuf-du-Pape by Baron Le Roy, proprietor of the renowned Château Fortia, Chateauneuf-du-Pape never developed a reputation for quality or achieved the prestige enjoyed by such regions as Burgundy and Bordeaux.” — Robert M. Parker, Jr.

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Bordeaux’s Miroir d Eau or Water Mirror in English is the world’s largest reflecting pool

“With the broad and powerful swing of the hand which Zola in The Earth gave to his ploughman, L’Auto, journal of ideas and action, is going to fling across France today those reckless and uncouth sowers of energy who are the great professional riders of the world… From Paris to the blue waves of the Mediterranean, from Marseille to Bordeaux, passing along the roseate and dreaming roads sleeping under the sun, across the calm of the fields of the Vendée, following the Loire, which flows on still and silent, our men are going to race madly, unflaggingly.” — Henri Desgrange, French Sports Journalist.

“I’m a huge fan of Cabernet and Bordeaux, and am passionate about Pinot Noir and Burgundies.” — Raymond E. Feist, Author.

“When I began visiting Bordeaux in 1979, only a handful of writers were there to taste the wines in the spring (and nearly all were British).” — Robert M. Parker Jr.

“But as I remember it, he looked alternately bored and preoccupied throughout the meal, as if, while one part of him was drinking Bordeaux and cutting his food into bite-sized morsels, the other half was engaged with shepherding a herd of goats across a bone-dry plain.” — Nicole Krauss, Author.

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The Cite du Vin Bordeaux

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finally…about the 17 Cute Bordeaux Captions and Quotes

These 17 Bordeaux captions and quotes reflect the passion, complexity, and timeless elegance found within each bottle. From famous figures to wine enthusiasts, these quotes demonstrate the profound impact that Bordeaux has had on people’s hearts and palates throughout history. Its deep ruby hues, the intoxicating aromas of blackcurrant and cedar, or the velvety textures that caress the tongue, Bordeaux wines continue to captivate and enchant. 

Each quote serves as a testament to Bordeaux’s enduring legacy, reminding us of the region’s dedication to producing wines of exceptional quality and the unwavering appreciation they command. 

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