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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 Lafite Rothschild  1996 Front Label
    Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1996
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande  1996 Front Label
    Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 1996
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Calon-Segur  1996 Front Label
    Chateau Calon-Segur 1996
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Margaux  1996 Front Label
    Chateau Margaux 1996
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Lynch-Bages  1996 Front Label
    Chateau Lynch-Bages 1996
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Climens  1996 Front Label
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  • Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron  1996 Front Label
    Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron 1996
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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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 Margaux  1996 Front Label
    Chateau Margaux 1996
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, 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 Mouton Rothschild  1996 Front Label
    Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1996
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Leoville Poyferre  1996 Front Label
    Chateau Leoville Poyferre 1996
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
    • RP93
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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 Cos d'Estournel  1996 Front Label
    Chateau Cos d'Estournel 1996
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Lynch-Bages (bin soiled labels) 1996 Front Label
    Chateau Lynch-Bages (bin soiled labels) 1996
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Grand-Puy-Lacoste  1996 Front Label
    Chateau Grand-Puy-Lacoste 1996
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    • RP91
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  • Chateau Leoville Barton (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1996 Front Label
    Chateau Leoville Barton (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1996
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou  1996 Front Label
    Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou 1996
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Fourcas-Hosten Listrac (375ML half-bottle) 1996 Front Label
    Chateau Fourcas-Hosten Listrac (375ML half-bottle) 1996
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Haut-Batailley  1996 Front Label
    Chateau Haut-Batailley 1996
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Sociando-Mallet 1996
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Haut Medoc, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Fourcas-Hosten Listrac (1.5L) 1996 Front Label
    Chateau Fourcas-Hosten Listrac (1.5L) 1996
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bordeaux, France
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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 Sociando-Mallet (scuffed label) 1996 Front Label
    Chateau Sociando-Mallet (scuffed label) 1996
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Haut Medoc, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Monbousquet  1996 Front Label
    Chateau Monbousquet 1996
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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