Bordeaux Wines and Wine Appellations: From Pauillac to Puisseguin-St.-Emilion

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Pauillac
The Pauillac AOC is contained within the Haut-Medoc AOC district of Bordeaux. This is great wine country, especially for Cabernet Sauvignon. The soils are gravelly and drain well. Poor soil means deep roots and often, certainly here, great wines. There are lots and lots of crus classés. For a funny quote concerning Pauillac from Ambrose Bierce, a great American humorist, click here and scroll down the page to CONNOISSEUR.

Pauillac Vineyards

Pauillac Vineyards

Pessac-Leognan
The Pessac-Leognan AOC includes all the crus classés in the Graves AOC district of central Bordeaux. The reds are soft and silky and tend to taste of smoke or tobacco. They may be cellared for 6 to 20 years. The whites are tropical and fruity and oaked. They may be cellared for 3 to 8 years, except for the best, which may be cellared for up to 20 years.

Pomerol
Pomerol AOC red wines come from a small area within the Libournais district on the right bank of the Dordogne River. This is a top of the line appellations and you will pay for its quality. The major grape is Merlot. These wines are velvety rich with fine tannins which means that the best may be cellared for 10 to 30 years. The others may be cellared for 5 to 10 years.

Premiere Cotes de Blaye
The Premiere Cotes de Blaye AOC is a red and white appellation in the Bourg and Blaye district on the right bank of the Gironde River. We are mostly talking potential in this area that has supported vineyards since the days of the Romans. The reds may be cellared for 4 to 10 years and the whites for 1 to 2 years.

Premiere Cotes de Bordeaux
The Premiere Cotes de Bordeaux AOC runs for about 40 miles (60 kilometers) along the right bank of the Garonne River. It includes about 30 villages. The soil contains gravel and a lot of chalky clay. These wines are mostly red.

Puisseguin-St.-Emilion
The Puisseguin-St.-Emilion AOC is a small red-wine area within the Libournais district on the right bank of the Dordogne River. Wines here tend to be rich and robust but may lack finesse. They may be cellared for 5 to 10 years.


      
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