Bordeaux. The region is one of the largest, if not the largest, in the world. If Bordeaux were a country, it would rank 5th in wine production on its own! That's a lot of wine. And while Bordeaux is often associated with expensive bottles meant for decades in the cellar, the majority of Bordeaux wine is meant to be drunk young and enjoyed with food.

Geography: Located off the Atlantic Ocean in southwest France, Bordeaux is most often separated into two parts –the right bank and the left bank. On the left bank, Cabernet Sauvignon rules, and the Médoc region hugs the west side of the Gironde river. Within the Médoc are the four top communes of (from north to south) St.-Estèphe, Paulliac, St.-Julien and Margaux. These communes make some pretty sought-after red wines from chateaux with big names. Being that the main grape is Cabernet Sauvignon, the wines are fairly tannic and muscular. Below the Médoc, following the river as it turns, lies the Graves region. Named as such for its gravelly soils, Graves is home to some top white wine regions like Pessac-Léognan (for dry whites) and the sweet wine regions of Sauternes and Barsac.

The right bank of Bordeaux is where Merlot and Cabernet Franc shine best. Merlot is typically used more in the blends, which means the wines of the right bank are often slightly softer and rounder than the left bank Cabernet-based wines. The heart of the right bank is the city of St.-Émilion and the wine region that surrounds it. Next door is Pomerol, a small but intense red wine producer. Other areas include Côtes du Bourg & Côtes du Blaye, Fronsac & Canon-Fronsac, and Côtes de Castillon. Bordeaux has other regions that are making wine – some of it great value.

Bordeaux AOC wine information :

Name:Appellation Bordeaux Controlée
Appellation Bordeaux Supérieur Controlée
Location:Gironde department
Places:Too many to mention!
Size:59,000 ha (150,000 acres)

Red: 400 million bottles
White: 75 million bottles

Grapes in Bordeaux:

Red wine: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Malbec, Carmenère, Petit Verdot

White wine: Sauvignon, Sémillon, Muscadelle and Ugni blanc, Colombard, Merlot blanc, Mauzac, Ondenc

Type of Bordeaux AOC wines:Well-balanced red wine to drink young
Nervous and fruity dry white wine
Fresh and fruity rosé wine
Age:2 to 5 years
Red: 2005, 2003
White: 2006, 2003

Red fruits
Grilled Bread

Bordeaux and Food:

Red meat

Onion tart


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