BORDEAUX

THE STYLE These are the aristocrats of wine. The sumptuous French sophisticates. Opulent, multi-faceted and regal in their stately, tall-shouldered bottles. Each is a skillful balance of two to four noble grape varieties. With age, great breeding unfolds to a grand and glorious finish.

THE GRAPES Strictly classical Bordeaux varieties. The reds: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec. The whites: Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Muscadelle.

THE TYPES Red, dry white and sweet white dessert wines.

THE TASTE Elegant flavors are joined by texture, structure and other components that bestow Bordeaux with its character. The fruit is deeper The texture, richer. The finish, longer.

THE PLACE A land of rivers and grand chateaux. Key wine areas (and names found on many labels) are MEDOC. HAUT-MEDOC, GRAVES. ST EMILION. POMEROL, SAUTERNES and BARSAC.

FOOD CUES With red wines: beef, lamb, pork, duck and other game. With dry white: shellfish, fish, creamy French cheeses.

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