France: Bordeaux


Easy reach from the city of Bordeaux - and truly excellent wines
By Jane Anson

This Guide was last updated on 12 May 2010
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Main appellations


Appellation for both red and white wines covering 1360ha within the communes of Pessac, Talence, Léognan, Cadaujac, Canéjan, Gradignan, Martillac, St-Médard, Mérignac, and Villenave d’Ornan. Includes all eight Cru Classé châteaux within the Graves region.


Generic appellation for reds, rosés and whites (mostly dry) for the whole region. The only AC that can be used for rosés within the Pessac-Léognan. In addition, some reds may on occasions be declassified to this appellation, or of course, if the château owns vineyards outside the Pessac-Léognan appellation it will use this for the blend.

Bordeaux Supérieur

Covering the same area as the basic Bordeaux AC but with an extra half degree of alcohol and lower yields.

Crémant de Bordeaux

A very small amount of sparkling wine is made under this appellation. The majority of grapes must be from the main Bordeaux varieties and 100% from the Bordeaux AC area. The Traditional Method (bottle fermentation) is used.

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