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Bordeaux Wine France

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One of the most important wine regions of the world, Bordeaux is a powerhouse producer of wines of all colors, sweetness levels, and price points. Separated from the Atlantic Ocean by a coastal pine forest, this relatively flat region has a mild maritime climate, marked by cool wet winters and warm summers. Annual weather differences create significant vintage variations, making Bordeaux an exciting region to follow.

The Gironde estuary, a defining feature of Bordeaux, separates most of the region into the Left Bank and the Right Bank. Farther inland, where the Gironde splits into the Garonne and Dordogne Rivers, the bucolic, rolling hills of the area in between, called Entre-Deux-Mers, is a source of great quality, approachable reds and whites.

The Left Bank, dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon, contains the Médoc, Graves, and Sauternes, as well as the region’s most famous chateaux. Merlot is important here as the perfect blending grape for Cabernet Sauvignon adding plush fruit and softening Cabernet's sometimes hefty tannins. Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec may also be used in the Left Bank blends.

Merlot is the principal variety of the Right Bank; Cabernet Franc adds structure and complexity to Merlot, creating wines that are concentrated, supple, and more imminently ready for drinking, compared with their Left Bank counterparts. Key appellations of the Right Bank include St. Emilion and Pomerol.

Dry and sweet white wines are produced throughout the region from Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon, and sometimes Muscadelle or Sauvignon Gris. Some of the finest dry whites can be found in the the Graves sub-appellation of Pessac-Léognan, while Sauternes is undisputedly the gold standard for sweet wines. Small amounts of rosé and sparkling wine are made in Bordeaux as well.

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  • Chateau Margaux  1996 Front Label
    Chateau Margaux 1996
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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  • Carruades de Lafite  1996 Front Label
    Carruades de Lafite 1996
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    • Chateau Leoville Barton  1996 Front Label
      Chateau Leoville Barton 1996
      Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau Cos d'Estournel  1996 Front Label
      Chateau Cos d'Estournel 1996
      Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau Lafite Rothschild  1996 Front Label
      Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1996
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau Calon-Segur  1996 Front Label
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    • Chateau Leoville Las Cases  1996 Front Label
      Chateau Leoville Las Cases 1996
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    • Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes 1996 Front Label
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    • Chateau Pontet-Canet  1996 Front Label
      Chateau Pontet-Canet 1996
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau Margaux  1996 Front Label
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    • Chateau Lynch-Bages  1996 Front Label
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    • Chateau Mouton Rothschild  1996 Front Label
      Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1996
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau Climens  1996 Front Label
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    • Chateau Guiraud Sauternes 1996 Front Label
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      • Chateau Angelus  1996 Front Label
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        Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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      • Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron  1996 Front Label
        Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron 1996
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      • Chateau Petrus  1996 Front Label
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        Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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      • Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes (375ML half-bottle) 1996 Front Label
        Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes (375ML half-bottle) 1996
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      • Chateau Leoville Poyferre  1996 Front Label
        Chateau Leoville Poyferre 1996
        Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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      • Chateau Montrose  1996 Front Label
        Chateau Montrose 1996
        Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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      • Chateau Gloria (bin soiled labels) 1996 Front Label
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        • Chateau Lynch-Bages (bin soiled labels) 1996 Front Label
          Chateau Lynch-Bages (bin soiled labels) 1996
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        • Chateau Lafon-Rochet  1996 Front Label
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        • Chateau Latour  1996 Front Label
          Chateau Latour 1996
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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        • Chateau Duhart-Milon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1996  Front Label
          Chateau Duhart-Milon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1996
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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