Wine 101 - The Wines of Bordeaux (Part 1)

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Wine 101 - The Wines of Bordeaux (Part 1) Bordeaux is the world’s best-known, and largest, wine region, though its diversity makes for a deceptive impression. In most consumers’ minds it’s a land of grand Chateaux and high-priced wines, mostly red with the occasional white and sumptuous dessert wine.

The truth certainly includes this aspect of Bordeaux. There are expensive wines, wine royalty, and a disproportionate number of grand red wines coming from Bordeaux, but the fact of the matter is that Bordeaux is a large, complex region that has something to offer every drinker. All that is required is a bit of a tour, and some of the pertinent information that can help consumers identify where in Bordeaux they should be looking. Something like this tour! It's in two parts, so look out for part two soon. 

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  • Snooth User: miltsmith
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    How can I get high res images of the maps you have listed in the article.

    Nov 03, 2010 at 2:59 PM

  • I'm sorry, just waaaaaay too many emails. About one or two a month would be ample.

    Nov 03, 2010 at 5:06 PM

  • It should be made mention of the fact that Chateau Haut-Brion is a first growth under the 1855 classification. The only wine outside the Medoc to receive such a classification.

    Nov 03, 2010 at 9:00 PM

  • Snooth User: adio nose
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    An excellent brief overview of the Bordeaux region! As a past admirer of Bordeaux wine, I realize that the more favored easy drinking fruit forward reds have shifted my palate and market and for many in search of these easier drinking wines. Whenever I taste decent Bordeaux, I am reminded that not all can or will appreciate the subtleties in bouquet and character of these often great wines. Therefore in respect of Bordeaux's quality for value in great vintages, I am hosting a "Rediscover Bordeaux" tasting party to re-aquaint myself with these dear but older friends that I have in my cellar. For those who are patient with cellaring (Red Bordeaux can age exceptionally well), know a good value wine and merchant, or just a lucky find, Bordeaux can satisfy the most sophisticated palate with lesser Chateau in great vintages, especially in the lesser appelations. It starts to sound all like French to me.
    Good job Greg!

    Nov 04, 2010 at 1:04 AM

  • Snooth User: DirkT
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    I think there's a small mistake in the section covering St-Julien:
    The Léovilles, Gruaud-Larose and Ducru-Beaucaillou are all second growths, not fifth growths.

    Nov 04, 2010 at 3:46 AM

  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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    You are correct Dirk. Thanks for pointing out the error.

    Nov 04, 2010 at 6:19 AM

  • Snooth User: deldred27
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    Hi! Can we get an answer to the first question please? (Hi res def maps.)


    'No' is OK - I am just waiting before I process this info. It is good stuff. (The info that is. We know the wine is good.)

    Nov 08, 2010 at 9:55 AM

  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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    These maps were supplied courtesy of Kobrand Corp. Just visit their site, Google Kobrand Maps, and you'll find them all.

    Nov 08, 2010 at 11:16 AM

  • Snooth User: nigellies
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    very impressed with this look at the left bank, nice to get a great overview, without getting to involved with the far to complicated classifications of the region. In my view, Bordeaux is the greatest wine region of the world. Purely my opinion, but open to debate. Thank you Gregory

    Feb 22, 2011 at 7:11 PM

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