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Flashcards in Bordeaux Deck (27):

How would you describe Bordeaux climate?

Moderate Maritime


Which Ocean Current warms Bordeaux?

The Gulf Stream


What are the three major and one minor Red grape varieties grown in Bordeaux?

Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc
Minor - Petit Verdot


What are the two major and one minor White grape varieties grown in Bordeaux?

Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc
Minor - Muscadelle


What is the name of the original classification of the best red and white wines of The Medoc and Sauternes?.
How are wines in this classification referred?

1855 classification
Crus Classé


What term can be applied to wines outside the Crus Classé classification?
What condition is attached to wines having this term?

Cru Bourgeois
Only awarded to wines in a specific vintage, wines from new vintages must be submitted each year to gain classification


Put the following wines in order of price and quality, lowest to highest
St Emilion,
St Emilion Satellites,
St Emilion Grand Cru Classé ,
St Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classé A,
St Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classé B

St Emilion Satellites, St Emilion,
St Emilion Grand Cru Classé,
St Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classé B,
St Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classé A


What is the main difference between Bordeaux and Bordeaux Superior

Superior has slightly stricter appelation rules and has a higher alcohol content than plain Bordeaux


What is 'Clairet'?

A deeper coloured Rose wine with fuller body made by longer maceration


From north to south name the four leading appelations (communes' of Haut-Medoc)

Saint-Estephe, Pauillac, Saint-Julian, Margeaux


Name the most highly rated area in Graves



What type of soil would you expect in Haut-Medoc and Pessac-Leognan?



Name two benefits of Gravel soil

Good drainage, so doesn't hold water
Gravel soils tend to be warming, helping Cabernet Sauvignon to ripen .


Name the two leading appelations of the 'right bank'.

St. Emilion and Pomerol


Name the four regions that make up Côtes de Bordeaux

Blaye, Francs, Castillon, Cadillac


Where are you likely to find the very best white wines in Bordeaux?



Name the two best Sweet Wine appelations.

Sauternes and Barsac


Name the two main and one minor grapes used in Sweet wine production

Semillon, Sauvignan Blanc
Minor - Muscadelle


What is the process of 'Passerillage'?

French term for leaving grapes on the vine past normal harvest so that they dry up and concentrate their flavours


The climate in Bordeaux is maritime. What does that mean?

Low continentality, low diurnal, typically wet through the year


What is the main taste difference of Pomerol Vs Saint Emilion wine?

Pomerol tends to be richer with a spicier blackberry fruit character


Generally speaking what is the main difference between the soils of the left bank and the right bank?

Left bank predominately gravelly
Right bank predominately clay / limestone although there are gravelly outcrops


The Atlantic brings high levels of rainfall and humidity to Bordeaux, what 3 risks does this bring?

Rain can disrupt flowering and fruit set
Dampness can promote rot
Rain at harvest time can dilute flavours


How is Rosé wine labelled in Bordeaux?

Bordeaux Rosé or Bordeaux Clairet


How are the best Bordeaux reds aged?

In 225 ltr Barriques, usually a mix of new and old oak.


In what, and for how long, are the best sweet wines fermented and matured?

In new oak barrels for up to 3 years


Within the context of Bordeaux, what is unique about the classification system in St-Emilion?

It forms part of the appellation system