FRANCE : Bordeaux

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Bordeaux … Everybody knows what the city of Bordeaux means, right ? : It means World Most Famous Wines …

(And delicious food but it’s not our deal today!)

Let me introduce you to this beautiful region :

REGION : 
The major reason for the success of winemaking in the Bordeaux region is the excellent environment for growing vines. The geological foundation of the region is limestone, leading to a soil structure that is heavy in calcium. The Gironde estuary dominates the regions along with its tributaries, the Garonne and the Dordogne rivers, and together irrigate the land and provide an Atlantic Climate, also known as an oceanic climate, for the region.

These rivers define the main geographical subdivisions of the region:

– “The right bank”, situated on the right bank of Dordogne, in the northern parts of the region, around the city of Libourne.

– “Entre-deux-mers”, French for “between two seas”, the area between the rivers Dordogne and Garonne, in the centre of the region.

– “The left bank”, situated on the left bank of Garonne, in the west and south of the region, around the city of Bordeaux itself. The left bank is further subdivided into: Graves, the area upstream of the city Bordeaux.

– “Médoc” , the area downstream of the city Bordeaux, situated on a peninsula between Gironde and the Atlantic.

SOIL :
The soil of Bordeaux is composed of gravel, sandy stone, and clay. The region’s best vineyards are located on the well-drained gravel soils that are frequently found near the Gironde river. An old adage in Bordeaux is the best estates can “see the river” from their vineyards. The majority of land facing riverward is occupied by classified estates.

GRAPES :

– Red Grapes :

MERLOT
Early-ripening Merlot is the most widely-planted grape variety in Bordeaux. It expresses its full potential on cool soils, producing smooth wines with a great deal of colour, roasted aromas, and flavours reminiscent of red fruit (such as plums) and figs after ageing in bottle for several years.

CABERNET SAUVIGNON
Cabernet Sauvignon is a traditional late-ripening local variety. The gravely soil of the Left Bank provides the necessary warmth for optimum ripening. This grape variety contributes structure to the wines as well as hearty tannins and a flavour profile including liquorice, black fruit (such as blackcurrant), and elegant aromas of forest floor with age.

CABERNET FRANC
Cabernet Franc ripens earlier than Cabernet Sauvignon. It is an excellent complementary grape variety that rarely makes up the majority of the final blend. It adds freshness, finesse, and aromatic complexity as well as hints of raspberry and violet.

– White Grape : 

SAUVIGNON BLANC
Sauvignon Blanc, except in rare instances, is the most important variety for dry white wines. It provides the wines with the necessary acidity as well as minerality, aromatic freshness, and varietal aromas, such as citrus, boxwood, and fig leaves.

SEMILLON
Sémillon is the main grape variety for semi-sweet and sweet white wines and is almost always a component of dry white wines as well. It contributes roundness, richness, and apricot and honey aromas. When affected by «noble rot», it develops an inimitable bouquet.

MUSCADELLE
Muscadelle, which plays a secondary role in the blend for both dry and sweet white wines (generally no more than 10%), is a fragile but very interesting variety with musky floral overtones.

Best Vintages EVER :
2000 – 2005 – 2009 – 2010

LEARN MORE : Read our reviews on those bordeaux wines in our website or in the ” What’s new” category or visit their website for full info http://www.bordeaux.com/uk/wines/selection

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