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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 Pavie  2005 Front Label
    Chateau Pavie 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Pavie Macquin 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Palmer Alter Ego de Palmer 2005 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Guiraud Sauternes 2005 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Leoville Barton  2005 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Margaux  2005 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Cos d'Estournel  2005 Front Label
    Chateau Cos d'Estournel 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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    • W&S95
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  • Chateau Latour  2005 Front Label
    Chateau Latour 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Leoville Las Cases 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou  2005 Front Label
    Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Kirwan  2005 Front Label
    Chateau Kirwan 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Saint-Pierre  2005 Front Label
    Chateau Saint-Pierre 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Clos Les Lunelles Cotes de Castillon 2005 Front Label
    Clos Les Lunelles Cotes de Castillon 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Cotes de Castillon, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Pipeau  2005 Front Label
    Chateau Pipeau 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Haut-Beausejour Saint-Estephe 2005 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Les Graves de Barrau  2005 Front Label
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    • Chateau Haut-Brion  2005 Front Label
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      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau Destieux  2005 Front Label
      Chateau Destieux 2005
      Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau Clerc Milon  2005 Front Label
      Chateau Clerc Milon 2005
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau Pontet-Canet  2005 Front Label
      Chateau Pontet-Canet 2005
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau Guiraud Sauternes (375ML half-bottle) 2005 Front Label
      Chateau Guiraud Sauternes (375ML half-bottle) 2005
      Other Dessert from Sauternes, Bordeaux, France
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