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Bordeaux Wines Explained: Bienvenue to this Wonderful World!

Bordeaux is a dream trip but a destination barely explored by tourists. You can do an excellent tour of France's most renowned wine region, perhaps in the world. Some consider Bordeaux as the center of the wine world. 

The name "Bordeaux" comes from "Au Bord de l'eau" (at the water's edge), referring to its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean. This is a region dominated by the Gironde estuary and its tributaries, the Garonne and Dordogne rivers. It has a wide variety of fertile soils conducive to high-quality wines with strength and structure for all tastes, lifestyles, and budgets. The region produces around 700 million bottles a year in almost 9,000 wineries, most known as "châteaux," in approximately 120,000 hectares of wine growing, and 57 dénominations such as Bordeaux Supérieur and Crémant. 

Although most of the production in Bordeaux is red wine, semi-sweet white wines of great worldwide recognition are also produced, mainly in the southern area of Bordeaux (Sauternes), from the combination of Semillon, Muscadelle, and Sauvignon Blanc grape varieties. Generally, the red wines are "blends" of Merlot vines at the east of the Garonne River, where the soil is sandier, and Cabernet Sauvignon at the west of the river where alluvial gravel predominates.  

Wines in which Cabernet Sauvignon predominates have aromas of black fruits such as blackcurrant, violets, and cocoa, with a dense tannin structure. On the other hand, Merlot wines have aromas of strawberries, vanilla, leather, figs, almonds and are more fruity. In both modalities, these vines are blended with Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and other grapes. The selection of grapes varies according to the climatic conditions of each year to create complex and harmonious wines with peculiar personalities. 

Each zone within Bordeaux has its charm and its soils (terroir) that determine the production of wines. From the robust Cabernet Sauvignon of the Médoc châteaux, the elegant Merlot of Saint-Emilion and Pomerol, the accessibility of the wines of Entre Deux Mers, the subtlety of the wines of Graves to the unique sweetness of the wines of Sauternes. The marvel of Bordeaux liest at the variety of quality wines in a context of attractive wine tradition, charming old towns (such as the city of Bordeaux in the heart of the wine region,) great architecture with a renowned culinary offer, and landscapes dominated by beautiful hills, rivers, and castles.         

In La Cava Chahué, we have an exciting variety of French wines from the regions of Burgundy, Rhône Valley, Beaujolais, Alsace, Languedoc, Provence, and of course, Bordeaux wines could not be missing in our French wines offer. We have excellent red wines from the Saint-Emilion region (Château Cotes de Rol) and fantastic white wines from Bordeaux Superior, such as Blason Timberlay. From Sauternes, we have La Collection Sauternes.  Bordeaux red wines go very well with beef, pork, and duck with some fat.  Bordeaux white wines pair especially well with Roquefort cheese. We have our French wine portfolio available in our store here in Chahué. We can also deliver your order to your door for free.

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