La vie en rose: Bordeaux wines Featured

Each Bordeaux wine has a certain je ne sais quoi to it. Visit this famous region and enjoy a glass of some of the very best wines that France has to offer.

by 27 July 2017

Bordeaux produces some of the world’s greatest and most expensive wines. It is also one of the world’s most important wine regions, making it a unique destination for wine lovers. Even if you don’t love wine, you can go for the historical ambience. Before you visit, it is important to know that the Bordeaux region is divided into Left and Right banks. Each bank has different soil types that give wines from the two regions completely different flavours.

Left Bank

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Bordeaux is massive. The Left Bank of Bordeaux is home to all of the official 1855 Classified Bordeaux wines and the First Growth wines. With natural drainage and access to water from the Gironde, this region is ideal for the production of Cabernet Sauvignon. Left Bank wines are prime candidates for ageing; they are mostly Cabernet Sauvignon fleshed out with Merlot, the dominant grape varieties. Famous wines from this region include Chateau Margaux, Lafite, and Mouton Rothschild.

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Right Bank

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The Right Bank is a region you must visit if you want to know more about France’s soil types or terroirs.  Right Bank wines are more Merlot balanced out by a smaller portion of Cabernet due to soil characteristics. This means that Right Bank wines are smoother with softer fruit flavours. Wines from this region are made to drink at a young age. One of the world's most famous wines is Petrus, which is actually the most expensive wine in all of Bordeaux. Other world-renowned wines include Le Pin and Cheval Blanc.

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Maison du Vin

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Many of the chateaux in the region are open to the public for tours and tastings, so make sure you have enough time to visit them all without a rush. LUXOS, however, recommends a wine tasting course before visiting. One great option for a wine tasting course is Maison du Vin de Saint-Emilion, a wine school located in the medieval city. You’ll learn about local wines, the winemaking process and the oil characteristics of the region.

Once you’re ready, you can visit more wineries and vineyards. LUXOS recommends a romantic river cruise through the Bordeaux region. You’ll learn to taste wine from an expert and delight your palate as you enjoy scenic views of the river. 

 

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