An introduction to Bordeaux wine

If you have a penchant for the prestigious Bordeaux wine but still can’t tell a California Cabernet from a Médoc then these handy hints will help you sound like you know your stuff even amongst the most discerning wine buffs.

Bordeaux wine is one of the most populare worldwide

There is more than one type of Bordeaux wine

Bordeaux wine is one of the most popular wines, and yet many people know very little about it. When most connoisseurs refer to it, they mean the classic Bordeaux wine. This is a ruby red vino, which is the result of an infusion of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. However, while Bordeaux’s clarets are exceptional, the region also produces some fabulous dry and sweet whites too. The wines of Bordeaux all have their own distinct flavours, aromas and colourings… but one thing all the best Bordeaux wines have in common is that they are produced when some of the region’s finest wine grapes are combined. Without this blend of grapes, the wine would not have such vibrant and multi-faceted flavour or aroma. This marriage of succulent vine fruits and a myriad of tastes has made Bordeaux wine renowned around the world.

In Bordeaux grape varieties are taken very seriously!

The grapes used in Bordeaux wine are very important

Vineyards in this region take the production of wines of Bordeaux very seriously, and only 10 varieties are allowed. In fact, they take it so seriously that there is a law to ensure that no other grapes are used. There are 6 varieties that can be used for red, and 4 for white. Winemakers can grow and use other varieties, but they can only sell it as “Vin de France”. To be considered a Bordeaux blend, a wine must contain at least two of the Bordeaux varieties — Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The resultant wines are a perfect combination of tannins, acidity and alcohol, which helps them get better with age, enhancing their fruity flavour and spiced undertones. No wonder they are so popular!