One of the most important wine regions of the world ...
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.
Chateau Guiraud Sauternes 1999Other Dessert from Sauternes, Bordeaux, France
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L'Esprit de Chevalier Pessac Leognan Blanc 1999Bordeaux White Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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Chevalier de Gruaud St. Julien 1999Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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Lauretan Rouge 1999Bordeaux Red Blends from Bordeaux, France
Premius Bordeaux Rouge 1999Bordeaux Red Blends from Bordeaux, France
Marquis de Chasse Bordeaux Blanc Reserve 1999Bordeaux White Blends from Bordeaux, France
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Barons de Rothschild Reserve Speciale Bordeaux Rouge 1999Bordeaux Red Blends from Bordeaux, France
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