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Having many great vintages, Bordeaux is a land of wine! Historic site of Bordeaux wine production, the Gironde department in Aquitaine is known for its internationally renowned vintages.
It groups together many Appellations of Controlled Origin such as Médoc, Graves or Bordeaux Supérieur. Many great wines, including Pomerol (Pétrus), Saint Emilion (Cheval Blanc), Sauternes (Château d’Yquem) ou bien encore (Pauillac par exemple Latour, Lafite, Mouton Rothschild) have built the reputation of Bordeaux wines. In addition to the local appellations, it also includes regional appellations such as Bordeaux Supérieur. The superior Bordeaux, moreover, has the particularity of being composed of grapes from old vines. Its wine is necessarily matured for more than nine months.
Although this is not the only reason for the important viticulture in this area of the South-West, it benefits from climatic conditions and the diversity of soil texture, which make the quality of Bordeaux wines. However, the reason for the establishment of the wine trade in this region is above all very ancient and historical. The origins of the Bordeaux vineyard go back to the 1st century, when the vines began to be planted; but it is mainly in the Middle Ages that trade around Bordeaux wine developed, due to the rise of navigation and rivers facilitating it in this region.
The last notable vintage, 2009 was particularly successful for the Bordeaux wine as a whole. It has left its mark on the minds of amateurs with its quality and taste, whether white or red.
Bordeaux wines are renowned all over the world for their incomparable aromas. Its grands crus are made up of a judicious blend of grape varieties characteristic of the region's wines: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot Noir, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, and Carmenère, for the red; Sauvignon, Muscadelle, and Sémillon for the white. Other accessory grape varieties are also used for white wines, but in limited quantities: Ugni Blanc, Ondenc, Merlot Blanc and Colombard.
Viticulture : Integrated viticulture
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