Bordeaux Wine Region

 Situated in the South West of France, the Bordeaux wine region has, over the years, gained an incredible reputation worldwide.

The Bordeaux wine region can be divided into six distinct sub-regions, with each of them having its specificities:

  • Médoc
  • Bourg et Blaye
  • Libournais
  • Graves
  • Sauternais
  • Entre-deux mers

Bordeaux vineyard is divided by an estuary called Gironde. We then talk about the right bank vineyard (Bourg et Blaye and Libourne) and the left-bank vineyard (Médoc and Graves). It is interesting to note that Entre-deux-mers means “between two seas” in French. The name of this appellation comes from the fact that it is situated between the two rivers formed when the estuary splits: the Dordogne and Garonne rivers.

In Bordeaux, wines are made at an estate, which is called a “Château” and very often a masterpiece of architecture. The designation Château will often be used to label the wine.

Close to the Atlantic Ocean, Dordogne River, Garonne River and the Gironde Estuary, Bordeaux vineyard is subject to a temperate oceanic climate: mild and humid. Summers are hot and stormy whereas autumns are sunny. The vineyard can sometimes experience frost in spring.

Bordeaux mostly produces red wine (80%) but also produces white wine (20%). The main grape varieties planted for red wines are Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Common white varieties are Sémillon, Sauvignon blanc and Muscadelle.

Bordeaux wines offer an appreciable and large range of tastes to delight wine lovers: products influenced by regional terroir, biodynamic and organic wines, grape varieties, and of course our connection with the Bordelaise winemakers who, generation after generation, have created and improved the great wines of Bordeaux.

Did you know?

Bordeaux is very famous for its 1855 classification. This ranking system was put in place by Napoleon III, Emperor of France, for the Universal Exposition in Paris. For this particular event, the Syndicat of Courtiers, an organization of wine merchants, drew up a list of all the red wines in the Gironde region specifying which class they belonged in. This classification is still used to qualify the highest quality Bordeaux wines.