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Posted by ktkat04, May 25, 2011.

I feel like I dont know much beyond my area. What constitutes a Bordeaux wine? Is it a with with Cab Sav Merlot and a touch of Cab Franc or what??


Reply by JonDerry, May 26, 2011.

A true Bordeaux wine is made in the Bordeaux region of France.

A Bordeaux blend can be said about any wine around the world, at least for red wine containing a blend of the following grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Malbec & Carmenere.

The first three grapes on the above list are the primary grapes used, with some small amonts Malbec and Petit Verdot adding color, spice, perfume, complexity, etc.  Carmenere is extremely rare in a Bordeaux wine or blend.

Same goes for the Burgundy and Rhone regions of France.  "Burgundy" (wine) is made in the Burgundy region of France, using the primary grapes Pinot Noir (for red), and Chardonnay (for whites).  Syrah (northern rhone) and Grenache (southern rhone) are the primary grapes used in Rhone red wines, with southern rhone also using a good amount of Mourvedre and Syrah.   

Reply by njhic, May 27, 2011.

[Also, there are Bordeaux whites as well, with Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon in the blend.]

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