Bonsoir to all lovers of French wine. Today I want to tell you about how to choose Bordeaux wine if you are sitting at a table in a restaurant and have been looking at the menu for 10 minutes and have no idea what to choose. I want to tell you right away that in Bordeaux your waiter will not ask you "white or red?" like in Paris, he will ask you "Languedoc, Medoc or Pessac-Léognan". Bordeaux wines are very popular today and you can't go wrong if you buy a bottle of red wine from this region of France and you probably can't go wrong. The inscription on the bottle is "Bordeaux" already tells you that you will not regret it. However, if you are in a restaurant, the selection is very different because almost all the wine here will be from Bordeaux. If you are a simple tourist like me and you do not understand anything about wines, then I will give you the simplest advice that will help you get real pleasure from your glass.
- VINS DU MÉDOC
Médoc only produces red wines. Its composition of clay, silica and hard limestone covered with pebbles produces juicy, expressive wines with a wonderful bouquet. The vineyard is divided between AOC Medoc (Haut-Medoc) and the very prestigious appellations of the communes of Margaux, Saint-Estephe, Pauillac, Saint-Julien. This wine is strong in taste. If you love something calm and gentle, then I do not recommend it to you.
Pauillac (Médoc, the wine that was advised to choose)
The wines produced in the Pauillac appellation are marked Cabernet Sauvignon. Thus, the wines are masculine, refined, soft and juicy. They develop aromas of black currant, cedar and spices. They bloom only after a certain guard time.
- VINS DU LIBOURNAIS
This vineyard includes several vineyards, some of which are among the most prestigious in Bordeaux: Canon Fronsac, Côtes de Castillon, Fronsac, Lalande de Pomerol, Lussac Saint-Emilion, Pomerol, Puisseguin Saint-Emilion. Merlot prevails among the used grape varieties, which gives the wines fruit and sophistication. It is usually mixed with Cabernet Franc.
Saint-Emilion (This wine was also advised to choose in order to understand the whole aroma of this region)
It is a famous wine region, the main grape of which is Merlot. This land of hills, located around Saint-Emilion, a city steeped in history, produces a wine that Louis XIV called "Nectar des Dieux". This warm and full-bodied wine has a beautiful dark pomegranate color that often reveals a beautiful truffle aroma.
- PESSAC-LÉOGNAN (MY FAVORITE)
The wines of the region are generally based on the Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc grape varieties. They are best suited to the Pessac-Léognan area. Pessac-Léognan white wines are produced mainly from Sauvignon Blanc grapes (at least 25 percent) and Semillon grapes. This duo grows in the more sandy soils of the appellation and produces strong wines. I recommend red wines that have a sensual and bright taste and you will definitely like them. Most often, French women order this particular wine.
I hope that my simple method and tips will help you make a quick and correct choice. French wine is varied and not all French people are well aware of this issue, but the right choice can always be made thanks to the main and famous wines. I wish you a wonderful evening.