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The Bordeaux wine region is world renowned with its 60 appellations, cialis and more than 10,000 châteaux producing 700 million bottles of wine each year. It produces an amazing range of wines, from fresh and fruity to structured and complex. Wines from this region vary in ageability: some are destined to age a decade or more, and many are designed for drinking tonight.
But don’t let the numbers intimidate you. Just start at the beginning, with the regional appellations of Planet Bordeaux, and enjoy as you go. The regional wines of Bordeaux, whether white, rosé or red, sweet or sparkling, are well-made, balanced, fruity wines that pair perfectly with food – and are easy on your pocket.
The regional Bordeaux appellation – or AOC (appellation d’origine controlée) covers the entire Bordeaux wine region. It is the largest AOC in France, as well as the most exported. The white wines are generally dry and characterized by their fresh citrus fruit and acidity. The red wines are fruity with delicious aromas of red berries (raspberry, strawberry) black currant or violet, and are made to be enjoyed young.
Bordeaux Supérieur AOC wines are typically produced from selected vineyard plots and older vines, and have more complex fruit (cherry, raspberry, black currant), floral and earthy aromas. They are often more concentrated with structured tannins as a result of aging in oak barrels.
Bordeaux AOC & Bordeaux Supérieur AOC wines are at their best in their youth, and it’s great fun to match the different styles of wines with different dishes. They will also age nicely for a few years, revealing softer tannins and subtle bouquets. Renowned the world over for their quality, Bordeaux and Bordeaux Supérieur AOC wines offer accessible wines at affordable prices.
The vineyard area devoted to the production of regional Bordeaux AOC wines is approximately 56,000 hectares (138,379 acres), of which 50,000 hectares (123,553 acres) are used for red grapes (reds, rosés and clairets) and 6,000 hectares (15,392 acres) for white.
Average yearly production is around 390 million standard-size 750 ml bottles (2,900,000 hectoliters).