Bordeaux Market / Regions
Bordeaux is a port city in the Southwest of France with a population of over one million; it is the sixth largest urban area in France. The Bordeaux region is undoubtedly the global capital of the wine market having produced Bordeaux wine in the area since the 8th century; and to this day still hosts one of the largest wine fairs in the world – the Vinexpo.
Bordeaux is situated near the European Atlantic coast, in the northern part of the Aquitaine region. Many wine critics have claimed that the geographical conditions of Bordeaux are excellent for wine production; hardly a surprise given the volume of high-end fine wine originating therefrom. The city is located on a bend of the river Garonne and is separated into two parts – the left bank and the right bank.
The wine production, rules and regulations differ from region to region, and in Bordeaux it is no different. Most investment grade wines are from the region of Bordeaux; however there are a few select Chateaux situated elsewhere that deliver top fine wines, also used for investment purposes.
Wine Production Regions
Left Bank – Bordeaux
Five major districts on the left bank (from North to South): St. Estephe, Paulliac, St. Julien, Margaux and Graves, also including Pessac-Leognan. Also contained within these esteemed communes are the first growth Chateaux, also referred to as Premier Crus.
Right Bank – Bordeaux
The right bank consists of two major regions, St-Emilion and Pomerol. The wine region of St-Emilion is situated around a commune of the same name, and contains over 900 wine producers. The prestigious Bordeaux region of Pomerol is located to the west of St-Emilion, much smaller in size yet colossal in terms of reputation. Pomerol is world famous for producing some of the richest and most decadent wines in the entire Bordeaux region; Chateaux Petrus and Chateau Le Pin, to name a couple.
Domaine de la Romanee Conti (DRC) – Burgundy
The Domaine de La Romanee Conti is without question the greatest red wine estate in the Burgundy region, if not the world – a sentiment clearly shared by the entire winemaking industry. The philosophy ‘If the winemaker makes the wine, it is the soil that makes a Romanee-Conti’ clearly demonstrates just how crucial the production process is; the soil condition, the heritage of the grape and a host of other factors can be the difference between a very good wine and a top quality wine.
Further reading on the Bordeaux Market
The wine regions in Bordeaux are a composition of districts and subdivisions, each governed by a different set of rules and regulations dictating the production of Bordeaux wine. The Bordeaux wine regions are all of varying shapes and sizes and cover the entire area of the...
Bordeaux wine bottles are available in all sorts of sizes, volumes and shapes. Although there is a standardized scale of measurement when dealing with wine bottles, terminology may differ from region to region. Different types of wine i.e. Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne...
A classification of all Bordeaux wines was suggested as early as the 18th century. France was, and still is one of the leading wine producers in the world, with the Bordeaux region specializing in the production of high quality red wine. Any wine produced in the region of...
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