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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 Ducru-Beaucaillou  2005 Front Label
    Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Bellevue Mondotte St. Emilion 2005 Front Label
    Chateau Bellevue Mondotte St. Emilion 2005
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  • Chateau Calon-Segur  2005 Front Label
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  • Chateau Pontet-Canet  2005 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Cheval Blanc (slightly stained label) 2005
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  • Chateau Malescot St. Exupery  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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    Chateau Lascombes 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Rauzan-Segla (scuffed label) 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, 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 Margaux  2005 Front Label
    Chateau Margaux 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Faugeres  2005 Front Label
    Chateau Faugeres 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Leoville Las Cases 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Rieussec Sauternes (375ML half-bottle) 2005 Front Label
    Chateau Rieussec Sauternes (375ML half-bottle) 2005
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Kirwan 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Destieux 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Grand-Puy-Lacoste  2005 Front Label
    Chateau Grand-Puy-Lacoste 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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