It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the size of the largest wine region in France— Not to mention the size of its wine output. On average, the region produces around 65 million cases of wine every year! The Nouvelle Aquitaine region primarily produces red wines, with only 5 million cases of white compared to 60 million red.
Bordeaux produces both red and white wine. Bordeaux is known primarily for its reds which are a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot. It also produces a small quantity of white wines which are a blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. Visitors to the region will find that there are two distinct styles of Bordeaux red wine:
On the left bank of the Garonne River, you will find a powerful red wine with aging ability, and strong tannins thanks to a higher percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon. Some popular examples of left-bank Bordeaux wines are Médoc, Graves, and Sauternes.
The left bank produces sweet whites, such as Sauternes and Barsac.
On the right bank, a higher percentage of Merlot lends their red Bordeaux a more fruit-forward, elegant flavor. Popular examples on this side of the river are Saint Emilion, Pomerol, and Blaye.
If you still aren’t sure what to pick, look to the date: Some of the best vintages include wines made in the years 2000, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2015, 2016, 2019, and 2020.
As for where we can take you, we like to choose a mix of iconic wineries, like Margaux, Pavie, and Beychevelle, along with some smaller family wineries. Just give us a few ideas about what you like, and we will create your perfect itinerary.