Take a walk with me through the vines of Bordeaux
While traveling around the french vineyards, I passed through Bordeaux. A beautiful city located next to the Atlantic Ocean with two majors river sources passing through: Gironde et Garonne. Those river ways are extremely favorable for the climate and microclimate which is created in this area. A very diverse region Bordeaux produces white dry and sweet wines, red, rosé, clairet (which is a style of red wine but with a short maceration between the grape juice and the grape skins-a little deeper in color than rosé, but pale compared to a red wine) and also cremant de Bordeaux which is a sparkling wine. In total this represents 57 appellation (AOP) just for Bordeaux.
It is amazing how such a region can produce completely different wines depending on the terroir- a way french people call the aspects of the soil and climate combined together. While the only thing you see through the car window are wines, they are all so different depending on the different variety used. The main are:
Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. One might ask what is so different with those varieties which are grown worldwide. The answer is right here, their special terroir in their homeland.
For instance Merlot is the variety which matures the fastest and is harvested first. Its main characteristics are the nose of red fruits such as raspberries and strawberries and also the dark rubis color in which their robe is. Typically Merlot is more suited and grown on the right bank since the soil there is dominant in clay and limestone. A great example from Caviste Authentique is Château Riou de Thaillas 2014, produced and certificated biologically, which is a Grand Cru from the village of Saint Emilion, by the producer Jean Dubech, wine cellar La Maison du Vin Jean Dubech. A 100% Merlot this wine is a great example of the variety and its specificities in the area of Saint Emilion- a magnificent small village, full of history and vines.
Cabernet Franc is also grown in the Pomerol area and the Saint Emilion usually combined in a wine. This grape variety brings a lot of complexity and elegance in the glass. One of the specificities of Bordeaux wines is the blend between the 3 main grape varieties.
On the other hand, Cabernet Sauvignon is typically grown in the area of Graves and Medoc which are situated on the left bank. This grape variety gives a beautiful rich structure, with fine tannins on the palette. A great example is the wine from Château Confidence de Prieure Lichine 2012 from the wine cellar Briau, which is a blend, dominated by the Cabernet Sauvignon.
These 3 grape varieties are generally greatly assembled in Bordeaux. For example the wine from Château Le Baron de Malleret 2011 from our wine cellar Briau. The cabernet franc, cabernet sauvignon and the merlot are complementing each other in the taste and richness of the wine.
The white grape varieties the most commonly used ones are Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc and Muscadelle. The Sémillon is very unique to this region and is usually used for sweet wines giving a bouquet of floral aromas, honey and nuts. For instance, the wine from Château Clos les Remparts en 2014, which is a 100% Sémillon, from our wine cellar Les Trois Pinardiers.
In the meantime, there is something very unique about the south area of Bordeaux, which has its own appellation (AOP). The region is called Sauternes- the most famous one producing sweet wine. Since the boom of healthy eating, the nation has started thinking maybe we shouldn’t drink sweet wines they are not good for our health. Little did they know that those wines are naturally sweet created by a fungus which is particularly special in Sauternes called botrytis. It attacks the vines in a specific moment, when the weather conditions are very foggy and cold in the mornings with a clear sunny afternoons. The sun dries out the grape and transforms the grape juice into being naturally sweet. A great example is the wine from Château de Bieussec 2009 from our wine cellar Cave l’autre Comptoir.
To conclude you can never get enough wine in Bordeaux because the choice is so wide that you wish to taste every exceptional bottle. The differences in vintages, soil type and climate are amazing in this region and can give exceptional wines which are often sold on auctions. For instance Château d’Yquem, a Sauternes sweet wine, sold at over 7 wine cellars on our website: www.cavisteauthentique.com.
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