Ultimate Guide to the Bordeaux Wine Region

Famous Wines of the Bordeaux Wine Region


So sure, there's the Bordeaux of Bordeaux, but what else does the region produce? Chateaus throughout Bordeaux produce hundreds of unique wines, both red and white. From the blend of red wines known simply as Bordeaux to the powerful whites of the region like Barsac, numerous varieties of wine call Bordeaux home.

The Bordeaux is clearly the most well known of the region, named after the area's largest city. And unlike some other French regionals that are made 100 percent from one variety of grape, Bordeaux is actually a blend of at least two varieties of red grapes. It starts with a Cabernet Sauvignon and then might include Cabernet Franc, Merlot or another similar red [source: Wine Intro].

Médoc, a full-bodied red wine, usually contains a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot along with a smaller proportion of other varieties, including Malbec and Petit Verdot. [source: French Wine Guide].

Margaux, much like Médoc, is made from Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot - but the blend relies more on the Cabernet Sauvignon. A small portion of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot grapes may accompany this blend, but usually in very small proportions. Some say these are the most delicate wines of the entire Bordeaux Region.

Saint Emilion, a full bodied, strongly hued red wine, is known for reaching maturity quicker than other red Bordeaus. It is typically made of Merlot and Cabernet Franc grapes, which grow very well in this terrior, especially in the Dordogne Valley [source: French Wine Guide].

Barsac wines are powerful and sweet white wines with a strong fruity flavor. Typically, they are made from Sauvignon, Sémillon and Muscadelle grapes, which are known for masking the taste of the alcohol in the wine.

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