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Course: Bordeaux

Class 1: Bordeaux


Wine Styles

Bordeaux makes two styles of white wines. They can be

  1. Crisp and dry
  2. Sweet


White Areas

Although white grapes are grown throughout Bordeaux, top wines tend to come from the Graves area.

  • Pessac-Léognan, to the north, is known for dry wines.
  • Sauternes and Barsac, to the south, are known for sweet wines.



Grape Varieties

Bordeaux has three traditional white varieties

  1. Sauvignon Blanc
  2. Sémillon
  3. Muscadelle


Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon are the most important grapes. And they are usually blended together.

Sauvignon Blanc, with its crisp acidity, adds freshness and structure to the blend. More recently, Sauvignon Blanc is made on it's own, or with smaller amounts of Sémillon.

Sémillon is soft and round, with a rich body and high alcohol. It adds...

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