Tuesday, March 15, 2022

LeDomduVin: Bordeaux 6 Main Grape Varieties

Bordeaux 6 Main Grape Varieties

by @ledomduvin 2022

Bordeaux wines are mostly made with these 6 predominant grape varieties:

  • Red: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc
  • White: Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc and Muscadelle

Both respectively are complemented by a small percentage of a few other grape varieties authorized in the blend.

Yet, climate change is changing things around, as the vineyards are more frequently impacted by temperatures shifting drastically and rather unpredictable weather patterns (late frost, hail storm, winter storm, summer storm, etc...) and the vine diseases that may come as consequences.

Consequently, a bunch of Bordeaux "pirates", led by influential people, like Jean-Baptiste Duquesne (Château Cazebonne) and Loïc Pasquet (Liber Pater), are leading the way to challenge Bordeaux "establishment", cultures and traditions, by reviving and replanting some of the grape varieties that existed in Bordeaux prior phylloxera, and speaking "franc de pied" and "biodynamie" as a common language.

Creating the future of Bordeaux with ancient grapes and more natural vineyard management methods, and a twist of new techniques and technologies in the cellar. Bordeaux is starting to embrace new ways for the better.

As stated on the slide, QTY, %, values may differ depending on the source and the vintage (of course), as every year, these numbers change ever so slightly, depending on various factors and reasons.

Therefore, these numbers on the slide are just rough averages to be taken for reference only (just to give you an idea basically).

Along with the maps I previously posted, I have created about 15 slides for a Wine Class on Bordeaux. I've tried to make them educational, informative, and easy to understand at first glance.

Hope you'll like them, and maybe even learn something from them, you never know.

Cheers! Santé! Drink responsibly and take good care of yourself. 😁👍🍷


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