I’ve never been to the Bordeaux region of France. I’ve never been to France. (I have been to the UK and Italy.) But I drink wine from Bordeaux. Quite a bit of it, actually. The bottles I drink sell for between $15 to $25, which means I’m not drinking the best French wine by any measure (I would like to drink a Margeaux or a Haut-Brion before I die.)
I recently ordered a few cases of mixed Bordeaux from the 2009 vintage, which is being mentioned amongst the great vintages of that region. I haven’t drunk enough wine to make a good comparison, but generally they taste great, like French wine. I’m not educated or skilled enough to describe smells and tastes (other than “barnyard” which is a rather obvious smell and taste sometimes found in French wines that I’ve tasted,) but I can identify a complex pattern of chemosensations that appears unique to French wines, and particularly Bordeaux. …and I like it!