J&B's mature, affordable bordeaux

Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux

At last – a range of bordeaux that's ready to drink, and includes many a bargain, two of which come from the eastward extension of St-Émilion, Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux, pictured above.

Justerini & Brooks are the envy of their traditional London fine-wine merchant peers in the sense that they are a subsidiary of the Diageo spirits group, and holder of a valuable royal warrant, so are presumed under less financial pressure than some similar, privately owned companies.

Their stockholdings seem to be vast to judge from their website and their generous inventory allowed them at the end of September...