Home to a lively port city as well as numerous beautiful châteaux, Bordeaux is a vast and vibrant wine
region with plenty of varieties on offer. The region is carpeted with scenic
vineyards, where you can learn how some of the world?s most famous wines are
produced and sample some of the glorious wines on offer. Bordeaux wines are
special in that they are typically made from a blend of two or more grape
varieties to create some striking and unique flavours, rather than a single
Today, the term claret
in the UK applies to any red wine produced in Bordeaux. The typical grapes
blended together to create claret are merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and sometimes Cabernet
Franc. In smaller proportions, claret may also contain the flavours of Malbec, Carménère
and Petit Verdot. To the left of the Garonne river is the Medoc region, where Cabernet
Sauvignon grows better in the ground?s gravelly soils, while on the right side
of the river, Merlot grapes thrive in the clay soils.
Bordeaux was more famous for white wine, today its iconic dry whites only make
up 10% of its wine output. The region has two signature flavours ? elegant and
rich or crisp and fruity, achieved by using different blends of Sauvignon Blanc
and Semillon, though there may also be the addition of Muscadelle or Sauvignon gris
grapes. A natural process on the vine known as noble rot helps to create some
delicious dessert wines by dehydrating the grape. This boosts the sugar
concentration in the grape, sweetening the wine.
The Bordeaux region
also has a great selection of rose wines, made from red grapes such as Cabernet
Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Though the juice runs clear, the pink
blush from the skins gives the wine a wonderful burst of colour, helping to
produce excellent wines such as Clairet. Now made only in limited quantities, Clairet
is a very dark rose, with a refreshing and juicy flavour.
If you?d love to sample some of these delicious and exciting wines in the
heart of one of France?s most beautiful wine regions, visit our website to book
one of our luxury villas in Bordeaux.
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