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Course: Bordeaux

Class 1: Bordeaux


BORDEAUX'S RED VARIETIES

 
FIVE VARIETIES

The red wines of Bordeaux are blends of two to five different grape varieties. Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon constitute the largest proportion of the blend in many wines.

Merlot is now Bordeaux's most-planted red variety. It accounts for about 90,000 acres or 40,000 hectares. Cabernet Sauvignon occupies some 62,000 acres or 25,000 hectares.

The other red varieties are Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec.

 
Typical Blend

The typical blend for reds from the Left Bank and the Right Bank are:

Médoc Pomerol /
St.-Emilion
CABERNET SAUVIGNON 70% 10%
Merlot 15% 60%
Cabernet Franc 15% 30%

Each variety contributes its own distinct qualities and adds to the wine's complexity.

 

 
CABERNET...

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