The Place de Bordeaux spreads its wings

Pierre Lacour's engraving of Bordeaux's Quai des Chartrons

How do the increasing number of non-French wines now being sold in Bordeaux measure up to the wines the Bordeaux négociants are more used to selling?

Pierre Lacour was an artist working in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, specialising in scenes of his native Bordeaux. Here we see the Quai des Chartrons, the quayside where the merchants of Bordeaux clustered then, overseeing their busy trade, dominated by the produce of the vineyards around the city. 

Today the ‘Chartronnais’ are no longer based so close to the Gironde estuary. They are more likely to have modern, temperature-controlled warehouses on...