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The best of the best from the Left Bank with JJ Buckley!
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The wines of Bordeaux are varied and are produced in a myriad of styles from a divergent range of terroirs and soils.
For simplicity, it’s easy to divide the wines of Bordeaux into 3 main regions. The Left Bank, or Medoc, which consists of Pauillac, St. Julien, Margaux, Saint Estephe and Haut Medoc. The wines of the Medoc are what many consumers think of first when discussing Bordeaux wine. They are Cabernet Sauvignon based and are among the world’s finest red wines built to age. Bordeaux wines from the Left Bank are always blends and depending on the style of wine the producer wants, as well as their terroir, the blends consist of Cabernet Sauvignon with Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec.
The two most popular grapes remain Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Pauillac is home to 3 of the 5 First Growths, Chateau Latour, Chateau Lafite Rothschild and Chateau Mouton Rothschild. Chateau Margaux, located in the Medoc is from Margaux. The wines of the Medoc usually display cassis flavors and when aged, take on tobacco and truffle characteristics.
Pessac Leognan is the home of Chateau Haut Brion, the only First Growth not located in the Medoc. Pessac Leognan produces a diverse array of styles from similar blends found in the Medoc. However, the wines from Pessac Leognan display a smokey, earthy character. Pessac Leognan is the only Bordeaux wine appellation known for producing world class, dry white wines. Pessac Leognan is a relatively new term and appellation. The designation was created in 1987. Prior to that, the entire area was known as Graves.
The Right Bank of Bordeaux consists of Pomerol, Saint Emilion and numerous, smaller satellite appellations with similar terroir and soils. Merlot and Cabernet Franc are the dominant grapes from this region. Petrus, Lafleur, Cheval Blanc and Ausone are the most expensive wines from this region and offer softer textures than what is found in the Medoc.
Yet, in the best vintages, the wines of St. Emilion and Pomerol can age as well as the best Cabernet Sauvignon based wines and offer decadent textures with floral, chocolate and plum aromatics.
Bordeaux is also the home to the world’s finest, sweet, white wines. Sauternes and Barsac, led by Chateau d’Yquem produce sweet wines of stunning quality that are sought all over the world.