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What was the first wine you fell in love with?

When faced with this question, thousands upon thousands of wine drinkers give the same answer: Bordeaux.

It is undeniably a great wine region, but it can be a mysterious one, too. Scroll down to learn more about the incredible wines of Bordeaux, or start shopping now.

Red Bordeaux may be made from the following five grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Malbec. Some Bordeaux is made from a single variety, some are made from all five. For white Bordeaux, only three varieties are permitted: Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon, and Muscadelle.

A great vintage for Cabernet Sauvignon can be a terrible vintage for Merlot (or vice versa). For this reason, winemakers often choose to vary the proportions of grape varieties used in a wine from vintage to vintage.

Left Bank wines (e.g., Médoc, Paulliac, Margaux, Graves) are usually based on Cabernet Sauvignon, while Right Bank wines (e.g., Côtes de Bordeaux, Pomerol, St.-Émilion) contain more Merlot. So, if you love Cabernet Sauvignon, look on the map above to find some new regions to explore on the Left Bank. If you prefer Merlot, look to the Right Bank.

Left Bank Bordeaux typically matures more slowly – so don’t plan on opening your young Pauillac any time soon. Wines from the Right Bank, on the other hand, generally have higher percentages of Merlot and Cabernet Franc, so they tend to be plush, overtly fruity, and more approachable in their youth.

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Staff Pick: Ch. Les Barraillots, Margaux – 2007

Ch. Les Barraillots, Margaux - 2007
2007 in Bordeaux presents us with a great opportunity. Because this vintage was not heralded as one of the seemingly perennial “vintages if the century”. It presents a great opportunity to drink world class Bordeaux in all of its glory without having to cellar it for 20 years! The nose is complex, brimming with notes of forest floor, coffee grounds, dried chilies and dried rose petals this is accompanied on the palate by tobacco, bitter coco, rose petals, cassis, black berries and sour cherry. Chateaux Le Barraillots acquired a large portion of its vineyards from Chateaux Palmer in 1928, and its wines live up to its pedigree. It is a classic old world wine the way it was meant to be. This wine is just what you need with that steak dinner.
– OW