The leading destination of every wine lover, Bordeaux is located in southwest France, in the region of Aquitaine. Carved out along the meandering rivers, it is famed for its rich tradition in winemaking and a fascinating history of exportation. The regions unique terroir; soil, climate, and topography, create the ideal growing conditions for grape varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc. The winemaking techniques used in Bordeaux, such as oak barrel ageing, enhance the flavours and aromas of these prized wines. There are 57 wine producing appellations across Bordeaux, showcasing some of the world's most renowned wine estates.
LEFT BANK V RIGHT BANK
The terms 'Left Bank' and 'Right Bank' refer to the two main regions of Bordeaux that are separated by the Gironde estuary. The Left Bank, also known as the Médoc, is known for producing some of the world's most famous Cabernet Sauvignon-based blends, including those from the appellations of Margaux, Pauillac, and St-Estèphe. The Right Bank, on the other hand, is known for producing Merlot-based blends, such as those from the appellations of Saint-Emilion and Pomerol. The terroir, climate, and soil types on each bank are different, resulting in distinct flavour profiles for the wines produced in each region.
The region is characterised by a different soil type, with more clay and limestone, which allows the Merlot grape to thrive and produces wines that are generally softer and less tannic than those produced on the Left Bank. The Right Bank is also known for its unique appellations, such as Saint-Emilion and Pomerol, which are renowned for their rich and complex wines that are often described as velvety and elegant.
Fun Bordeaux Facts
- Bordeaux was the first wine region to implement a classification system in 1855, which is still in use today.
- Bordeaux has the highest number of restaurants per capita in France, with over 2,000 restaurants in the city.
- The world's first wine theme park, La Cité du Vin, is located in Bordeaux and features interactive exhibits and wine tastings.
- The city of Bordeaux has the highest number of preserved historical buildings in France, with over 350 listed buildings and monuments.