Understanding the wines of Bordeaux's Right Bank
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Bordeaux is the undisputed king of red wine. This region has been cultivating vines for more than 2,000 years and has perhaps the highest reputation for fine wines in the entire world.
The Bordeaux vineyard appellation is one of the largest in France. Although the region is best known for its red wines, a variety of both white and red wines are produced here. Unlike many other regions in France, where wines are made from single grape varieties, Bordeaux blends five major varieties in the production of its reds. These are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot.
Style- Red Bordeaux wines are elegantly styled, with firm tannin levels that develop a characteristic softness and subtlety with age. Their age worthiness makes them ideal wines for collecting and cellaring.
Major wine-producing regions - Bordeaux is made up of many wine-producing areas and each has its own soil, climate and drainage. There are two major areas in Bordeaux, the Left Bank and the Right Bank. The names are derived from the location of each area to the left (west) and right (east) of the Gironde River.
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