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Course: Bordeaux

Class 1: Bordeaux


BORDEAUX
Bordeaux is capital city of Gironde department (largest in France)
Atlantic-influenced climate mild with some spring frosts but long summers

Wine Region
More than 280,000 acres
Original plantings from Romans

History
Region once known as Aquitaine
Allied with England 13th - 15th centuries

REGIONAL OVERVIEW

Where is Bordeaux
Southwestern France
Bordeaux wine region shares borders with Gironde department

Key Areas
Three large sub-regions

  • Left Bank
  • Right Bank
  • Entre-Deux-Mers

LEFT BANK
Left bank of Gironde estuary and the Garonne River
Northern section of the Left Bank:

Médoc (Bas - or Lower - Médoc)
Haut-Médoc

St.-Estèphe
Pauillac
St.-Julien
Margaux

Southern section of the Left Bank:

Graves

Pessac-Léognan
Barsac
Sauternes

RIGHT BANK
Right bank of the Dordogne and Gironde rivers
Includes Pomerol and St.-Emilion + lesser appellations

ENTRE-DEUX-MERS
Between the Dordogne and the Garonne
Known for large-production, value blends

WHERE THE VINEYARDS ARE
Most vineyards...

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