Bordeaux, located near the Atlantic Coast in the southwest of France, is the largest fine wine producing region in the world. Falling on the 45th Parallel, halfway between the Equator and the North Pole, Bordeaux is blessed with temperate winters and long, warm summers that are ideal for growing grapes. Bordeaux is characterized by its vast diversity - 60 appellations and over 6600 producers.
Over 90% of Bordeaux wine is red, made from various blends of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. The region is divided into several smaller regions by two rivers, the Garonne and Dordogne. Bordeaux wine from the Left Bank of the Garonne (from appellations like Margaux, Pauillac and Pessac-Leognan) tend to be dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon, while Bordeaux wine from the Right Bank (from appellations like Saint-Emilion and Pomerol) contains mostly Merlot. The region of Entre-deux-Mer also produces some white Bordeaux wine, while Sauternes is home to France’s best known dessert wine. Taking advantage of an excellent terroir, unique micro-climates and the rich history of the Aquitaine region, Bordeaux has long set the standard for fine wine around the world, a standard it continues to uphold today.