Bordeaux Wines and Wine Appellations: From Pauillac to Puisseguin-St.-Emilion
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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.
The Pessac-Leognan AOC
includes all the crus classés in the
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.
red wines come from a small area within the
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.
The Puisseguin-St.-Emilion AOC
is a small red-wine area within the
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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