France most famous wine region, producing some of the country's best and longest lived wines. The reds from Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot and whites from Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon are classics that are copied worldwide, but rarely equalled!
Bordeaux Wines – Everyday Magnificence
When looking to get a taste of everyday France involved in a meal or just a good wine drinking experience, it is hard to go wrong with Bordeaux. Bordeaux is a delicious wine that encompasses many of the best attributes of red wine. It is a medium bodied wine that feels full in your mouth but not overwhelming. The same is true of the taste of Bordeaux. It is complex and layered, with tannins and mineral undertones, but it is also simpler than some of its relatives such as Petit Syrah or Grenache.
Bordeaux is a dark garnet colour that might tend toward brick, but usually has a more ruby than rust in it. It will have medium to medium-thick legs. It is a good idea to let Bordeaux breathe before drinking it. There are many ways to accomplish this. One is to use a good old-fashioned decanter, carafe, or pitcher. This is when you allow the wine to sit for up to an hour, or more if needed, in a wide bottomed contained with an open mouth. The wine will open up and breathe easier when decanted.
Decanted Bordeaux will be more fragrant and be far more flavourful. This is a wine that is best served in a classic large red wineglass, for the same reason. Bordeaux can breathe in a large wine glass and the drinker is more able to smell the wine, swirl it, and slurp it when using a larger glass. This helps to get the most enjoyment and sensory experience out of the Bordeaux.