Bordeaux Grapes & Blends
Bordeaux Grapes & Blends refers to wines made from Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, and blends based on these grapes that may also include Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec, and Carmenere. The city of Bordeaux is perhaps the most important single location in the entire world of wine, and its wines some of the most loved and imitated across the entire world.
In Bordeaux itself, Cabernet Sauvignon tends to dominate the gravelly Left Bank of the river, while Merlot is more common on the clay-filled Right Bank. Each side of the river sports some of the most famous and coveted villages, estates, and single wines in the world. Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot are common in Bordeaux Blends, in smaller volume than the two main grapes. Malbec and Carmenere, once common in the area, now represent a tiny portion of vineyard land in Bordeaux.
Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are very fashionable across the world. In particular, California Cabernet has become one of the most classic examples of new world wine, especially those from Napa Valley. Bordeaux Grapes & Blends are almost universally full-bodied and powerful wines, that often exhibit great aging potential.