BORDEAUX


Probably the most famous wine region in the world…located on the West coast of France (kind of Southish), it has the Atlantic Ocean lapping its shores, asserting an influence on the climate of the region. It can be split up into three, divided by the Dordogne & Garonne river, meeting to form the mouth of the Gironde: Left Bank, Right Bank and the central area between the Dordogne & Garonne.

 

The Left Bank

The Médoc and Graves terroirs stretch over 100 miles of soil, on the Garonne’s Left Bank. The appellations of these terroirs produce remarkable red wines that are powerful and complex, with exceptional aromatic persistence. A great number of Bordeaux’s classified wines are produced in the Médoc and Graves. Cabernet Sauvignon is the dominant grape variety here as it prefers the gravelly soils with a limestone base, producing wines of great structure and intensity, with flavours of cassis, blackcurrant, pencil sheaving and gravelly earth. Merlot is still planted here, used to add body and depth of flavour to the overall blend.

In the southern part of the Left bank, south of the city of Bordeaux, are the appelations of Graves, Pessac-Leognan and the famous sweet wine producing appelations of Sauternes, Barsac and Cerons. The latter family of appellations produces sweet wines from Sémillon and Sauvignon grapes that are intentionally allowed to overripen. The resulting concentration of sugar produces golden wines that are extremely elegant and smooth, with a remarkable bouquet.

 

The Right Bank

The better know appelations of Saint-Emillion, Pomerol and Fronsac are located in the eastern part of the Bordeaux region, on the Right Bank of the Dordogne river, close to the city of Libourne. These more feminine red wines, made primarily from Merlot, are aromatic, supple, elegant and velvety. Many classified and prestigious wines are produced on these terroirs.

Not to be forgotten about is the Cotes de Bordeaux appelation. This terroir is located on the east side of the Garonne river, on the slopes that stretch over 60 miles from north to south, with excellent exposure to the sun. These wines are aromatic and pleasant to drink, with notes of ripe fruit and velvety tannins, typical of this terroir

 

Entre-Deux-Mers

Sandwiched between the Garonne and Dordogne rivers is the appelation generally refered to as the Entre-Deux-Mers (between-two-seas) which produces mostly dry white wine and sweet wine, with a spattering of red wine for good measure. Like Graves and Sauternes, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon are widely planted where they give assertive yet delicate wine with flavours of citrus, white flowers and sometimes exotic fruits. Although a lot are drunk in their youth, some can age for decades. Also in this appeltions there are some fantastic examples of sweet wines – Cadillac, Loupiac, Sainte-Croix-du-Mont – that offer great value and loads of flavour.