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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 Lafite Rothschild  1988  Front Bottle Shot
    Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1988
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Rieussec Sauternes 1988  Front Label
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    • Chateau Rabaud Promis Sauternes (375ML half-bottle) 1988 Front Label
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    • Chateau Lynch-Bages  1988 Front Label
      Chateau Lynch-Bages 1988
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau Gruaud Larose  1988  Front Label
      Chateau Gruaud Larose 1988
      Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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      • Chateau Raymond-Lafon Sauternes (375ML half-bottle) 1988  Front Label
        Chateau Raymond-Lafon Sauternes (375ML half-bottle) 1988
        Bordeaux White Blends from Sauternes, Bordeaux, France
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      • Chateau Doisy Vedrines Sauternes 1988 Front Label
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          • Chateau Lagrange  1988 Front Label
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          • Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes (375ML half-bottle) 1988 Front Label
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          • Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron  1988 Front Label
            Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron 1988
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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            • Chateau Latour  1988 Front Label
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              Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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            • Chateau Pontet-Canet 1988
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              • Les Forts de Latour 1988
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                • Chateau Talbot  1988 Front Label
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                • Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1988  Front Label
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                  • Chateau Calon-Segur 1988
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                    • Chateau Grand-Puy-Ducasse  1988  Front Label
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                      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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                      • Chateau Cos d'Estournel  1988 Front Label
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                        Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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                      • Chateau Lafite Rothschild (5 Liter Bottle) 1988  Front Label
                        Chateau Lafite Rothschild (5 Liter Bottle) 1988
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                      • Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes 1988 Front Label
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                      • Chateau Margaux (stained label) 1988 Front Label
                        Chateau Margaux (stained label) 1988
                        Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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                      • Chateau Mouton Rothschild (5 Liter Bottle) 1988 Front Label
                        Chateau Mouton Rothschild (5 Liter Bottle) 1988
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                      • Chateau Mouton Rothschild (top shoulder) 1988 Front Label
                        Chateau Mouton Rothschild (top shoulder) 1988
                        Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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                      • Vieux Chateau Certan  1988 Front Label
                        Vieux Chateau Certan 1988
                        Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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                      • Carruades de Lafite  1988 Front Label
                        Carruades de Lafite 1988
                        Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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