Bordeaux is the most popular wine region in the world.
Located in the district of Nouvelle-Aquitaine in Southwest France.
The river Gironde creates the famous Left Bank and Right Bank where 2 very different blends are produced.
Left Bank: Southwest
: Cabernet Sauvignon
is king (blended with Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Carménère, Petit Verdot).
: rockier, gravel, deposit of limestone.
In the wine world, bad soil means good wine.
The more the roots have to struggle for nutrients, the better the quality.
Rocky soils + hillsides = best drainage: too much water gives a watery berry.
: Yes, please. Best candidates. Tannins become smoothier.
: Margaux, St.Estephe, St.Julien, Pauillac (Latour, Lafite and Mouton Rothschild).
Few chateaux with many hectars (50-80 average).
: spices, earth, tobacco.
: leather, smoke, truffle, herbs, cigar box.
Right Bank: Northeast
is king (blended with Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot).
: less difficult, less gravel, mostly clay + limestone.
Better soil does not mean lack of character.
The wines are smoother, softer tannins with typical Merlot fruity flavor.
: Drink me soon style. But can age.
: St. Emilion (Cheval Blanc), Pomerol (Petrus). Many small chateaux with few hectars (30 average).
: black cherries, red plums, flowers, chocolate, licorice .
: earth, truffle, dark chocolate, tobacco.