Did you ever wonder what wines are featured in the beautiful glass shelves in the finest of restaurants? Well chances are good that they are the wines from this amazing wine producing region of France.
Although it is easy to find the expensive French wines, there are also inexpensive French wines. They just may be more challenging to locate. Since wine quality has historically been measured by the Bordeaux wine standard of excellence, any serious wine drinker should seriously consider becoming familiar with this French favorite through a wine tasting.
Unlike the New World wines, Bordelais (the people of Bordeaux), don't put the grape variety on the label but instead just list it as a "Bordeaux".
Cabernet Sauvignon - this grape plays the most important role in this type of wine. Even though it may be blended with other grapes, the heavy tannic qualities and strong black currant flavors of the cabernet sauvignon are very evident in the signature taste of wines from this world renowned wine region.
Merlot - this grape is widely planted in this region. It takes up more vineyard space than the cabernet sauvignon.
Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot - are usually grapes used for blending with cabernet sauvignon and merlot.
All Bordeaux wines are blends of two or more major grapes types, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. The region of France where the grapes are grown and the appellation and specific location in France influence a great deal in the final wine and the way the wine is categorized and labeled.
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