2 minutes read
In the world of wine, some of the most expensive wines are coming from the Bordeaux wine region in France. Around 90% of the wines coming out of this region are red. The region is located in the South-West of France. The famous red Bordeaux blend can consists of the grapes Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec & Petit Verdot, in different portions obviously.
The region is split by two rives, the Garonne & Dordogne. The so called ‘’Left-Bank’’ is situated below the Garonne, as seen on the map. Here, the Cabernet Sauvignon is the main grape in the Bordeaux blends. These wines have characteristics of graphite, earthy, bold & tannic with black fruit. Prestigious names include: Medoc, Graves, Pessac-Leognan, Pauillac, Saint-Julien, Saint-Estephe & Margaux.
The ‘’Right-Bank’’ is situated above the Dordogne river. Merlot is the leading grape in the Bordeaux blend with notes of plums, black berries & softer tannins. Major names in this region are Saint-Emilion & Pomerol.
Between the two rivers Garonne & Dordogne, the region Entre-Deux-Mers (between two tides) is situated. Here, Right-Bank Bordeaux red blends are mainly made with Merlot dominating. Also, fresh & crispy Bordeaux Whites, a blend of Sauvignon Blanc & Semillon are produced here. richer & creamier Bordeaux Whites can be found on the Left-Bank.