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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 (stained label) 1988 Front Label
    Chateau Margaux (stained label) 1988
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, 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 Cos d'Estournel  1988 Front Label
    Chateau Cos d'Estournel 1988
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Haut-Brion  1988 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Lynch-Bages  1988 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Mouton Rothschild (top shoulder) 1988 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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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 Talbot  1988 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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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 Lafite Rothschild (5 Liter Bottle) 1988  Front Label
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      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    • Carruades de Lafite  1988 Front Label
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      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    • Vieux Chateau Certan  1988 Front Label
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      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau Lafite Rothschild (3 Liter Bottle) 1988  Front Label
      Chateau Lafite Rothschild (3 Liter Bottle) 1988
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau Petrus  1988 Front Label
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      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion  1988 Front Label
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      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau Leoville Las Cases  1988 Front Label
      Chateau Leoville Las Cases 1988
      Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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