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Welcome to decanter.com‘s comprehensive Bordeaux guide.

Here you will find everything you need to know about Bordeaux, its wine, its gastronomy and all aspects of the world’s second largest wine growing area.

Located halfway between the North pole and the equator, there is more vineyard land planted in Bordeaux than in all of Germany, and ten times the amount planted in New Zealand.

The drive leading up to Chateau Margaux

The major reason for the success of winemaking in the Bordeaux region is the excellent environment for growing vines. The geological foundation of the region is limestone, leading to a soil structure that is heavy in calcium.

These rivers define the main geographical subdivisions of the region:

  • “The right bank”, situated on the right bank of Dordogne, around the city of Libourne.

  • Entre-deux-mers, in the centre of the region.

  • “The left bank”, situated on the left bank of Garonne, around the city of Bordeaux itself. The left bank is divided into:

    >Graves (the area south of the city Bordeaux)

    >Médoc, (the area north of the city Bordeaux)

    In Bordeaux the concept of terroir plays a pivotal role in wine production with the top estates. The soil of Bordeaux is composed of gravel, sandy stone, and clay. The region’s best vineyards are located on the well drained gravel soils that are frequently found near the Gironde river. An old adage in Bordeaux is the best estates can “see the river” from their vineyard.

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