Nothing says out-of-my-price range like a castle. So how do you find great cheap Bordeaux wine? The Bordeaux region is sliced into 38 sub-regions with 57 different appellations.
This article will introduce you to Bordeaux wine including tasting notes, food pairing suggestions, and key details to know. The first Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot vines originated in Bordeaux. Red wines from Bordeaux are medium- to full-bodied with aromas of black currant, plums, and earthy notes of wet gravel or pencil lead.
The red wines of Bordeaux can be divided into overlapping groups by region, quality orientation, wine making philosophy, pricing philosophy, and a host of other factors. And there are other appropriate ways to classify Bordeaux. The classification of the wines of the Medoc and Graves was done entirely on price.
VINTAGE CHART In general — for the best producers — it is almost only the great wines which are most influenced by the effects of vintages and they are usually not produced in weaker vintages, which helps to improve the quality of all the other wines in such yearswhile the majority of the wines usually present a very good consistency in quality, year after year. For everyday wines produced by reputed wineries, the vintage is usually not very relevant. For less reputed producers, however, the difficult vintages in general have a more negative impact.
Left Bank wines are generally dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon, whereas wines from the Right Bank tend to feature more Merlot. Cabernet Sauvignon : Grown in nearly every major wine-producing country across the globe, Cabernet Sauvignon adds tannins and structure, acidity, deep colour, blackcurrant and cassis fruit flavours, and significant ability to age. Merlot: The most widely planted grape in Bordeaux develops faster with age than Cabernet Sauvignon, and adds softness and fleshiness.
Back to French Vintage Chart. The vintage chart and harvest reports provided by the Wine Scholar Guild gives you the ranking for every French wine region and vintage from to today. Andrew Jefford, award-winning wine journalist for Decanter Magazine and author of twelve books on wine including The New France has compiled information and written the vintage charts starting with the vintage.
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Return to All Regions. Vintage ratings:classic;outstanding;very good;good;mediocre;not recommended. Drinkability: "NYR" means the vintage has not yet been released; "drink" means most of the wines of the vintage are ready to drink; "hold" means most of the ageworthy wines have yet to fully mature; "past peak" means most of the wines are declining rather than improving. We've redesigned our site to be more useful, intuitive and enjoyable.
On the following pages are some quick but concise guides to the last 10 Bordeaux vintages covering The rise and fall and rise again, on and on the circle circus? The rollercoaster ride on the secondary market aside, however, what of the wines themselves? What can drinkers expect from the reds and whites of both banks of the Gironde?