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Home to many of the world's finest wines, Bordeaux is
regarded as the world capital of wine, famously producing
premium styles for many centuries

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Bordeaux's popular regions

Médoc vineyard

One of the largest wine regions in Bordeaux

The Médoc is one of the largest wine regions in Bordeaux. Located on the left bank of the River Gironde, it produces only red wine, both under the Médoc label and from 16 separate communes. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are the predominate grapes grown here, with a small amount of Petit Verdot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Carménère.

Saint Emilion vineyard

Renowned for its Merlot dominated wines

One of the most famous Bordeaux communes, Saint-Émilion is situated on the right bank of the Dordogne river and is a registered world heritage site. Producing only red wine, Saint-Émilion is renowned for creating Merlot dominated wines which can be drunk young (4-6 years after bottling) with some vintages having the potential to age for over 30 years.

Margaux vineyard

Home to the world famous Château Margaux

Margaux is located within Haut-Médoc, on the left bank of the Gironde. The second largest commune within Haut-Médoc, Margaux boasts the world famous Château Margaux. Like the rest of the Médoc region nearly all wines produced are red, using a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. A few white wines are produced using Sauvignon Blanc.

About Bordeaux

Bordeaux, in south-west France, is home to many of the world’s finest wines. It’s renowned for deep, velvety reds (known by the British as claret), elegant, dry whites and deliciously sweet dessert wines.

The Bordeaux region is divided by the Garonne and Dordogne rivers. On the 'left bank' of the Gironde, the Médoc area grows varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Across the river on the ‘right bank’, the undulating countryside is home to communes such as Saint-Émilion and Pomerol and the larger areas of the Côtes de Blaye, Bourg and Castillon. This area typically enjoys hotter summers than the Médoc, making it ideal for growing Merlot.

Find out more about this world famous region with our guide below, and explore the diverse range of wines the Bordeaux produces.

Bordeaux's wider regions

Côtes de Blaye

Located on the right bank of the River Gironde, Côtes de Blaye consists of two AOC’s; Blaye AOC, producing only red wines, and Côtes de Blaye AOC, exclusively producing white wines. The main red grape varieties, consisting of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc, produce fresh, fruity wines to be drunk young in age. The white wine varieties include Colombard and Ugni Blanc and produce dry, soft and fruity wines.

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This is a small appellation located on the right bank, overlooking the Dordogne River. Canon-Fronsac produces some of the best quality red wines in the region using predominantly Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc.

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Situated in the Haut-Médoc region, Saint-Estèphe is the northernmost of the area's communes, producing only red wines from a combination of grape varieties. Due to the variation of terroir in the regions, wines can differ considerably from estate to estate. Wines from Saint-Estèphe are best left to age before consuming, anything from 10 years upwards to 60 years. Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Carménère, and Petit Verdot all flourish here.

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Situated within the Haut-Médoc, Pauillac is one of the most famous communes in Bordeaux, producing top quality red wines. Three of the five first growth châteaux of Bordeaux are based here: Latour, Lafite Rothschild and Mouton Rothschild. Cabernet Sauvignon is the predominant grape variety, but it is invariably blended with other grapes, including Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec.

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Saint-Julien is another of the better known communes located in the Haut-Médoc region. Though not as famous as its neighbour Pauillac, there are several highly renowned estates in Saint-Julien including Château Ducru-Beaucaillou, Château Léoville-Barton and Château Gruaud-Larose. Like the rest of the Médoc region only red wines are produced, using a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc.

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Nestled between Saint-Émilion and Fronsac is the commune of Pomerol. The smallest of the five major fine wine regions, Pomerol produces wines made predominantly from Merlot and Cabernet Franc. It's famous for producing top quality reds, with possibly the most recognised wines coming from Château Pétrus.

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Unlike the rest of Bordeaux, Pessac-Léognan is equally famous for white wines as it is for red wines, although red wine still dominates. Grape varieties grown here include Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon. The most famous wine from this region comes from Château Haut-Brion.

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Considered the birth place of the claret style of wine, Graves is aptly named due to the gravely soil in the region. Located on the left bank of the Garonne river, it is the only Bordeaux sub-region famed for all three of Bordeaux's main wine types—reds, dry whites and sweet wines. There are five AOC’s located within Graves, these include Pessac-Léognan and the world famous Sauternes, producing some of the best quality sweet wines.

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Famous for its intensely sweet, white dessert wines, Sauternes is located within the region of Graves. Sauternes wine is made from Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc and Muscadelle grapes that have been affected by noble rot. These wine are lush, with flavours of apricots, honey and peaches. The most famous and expensive wines come from Château d'Yquem.

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Meaning ‘between two seas’, Entre-Deux-Mers is situated between the Garonne and the Dordogne rivers. One of the largest wine growing regions in Bordeaux, it produces dry whites and fresh, fruity reds.

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