Bordeaux: Taste and Characteristics

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Rosehill Wine Cellars Toronto for your Bordeaux collection

The taste of Bordeaux wines has been enough to convince many wine lovers to have a custom wine cellar built by Rosehill Wine Cellars Toronto. It is not a surprising fact, when you consider that there are nearly 10,000 types of Bordeaux wine. The Bordeaux region in France is simply an excellent part of the world in which to grow wine grapes. There are more than 120,000 hectares of grapevines in the Bordeaux region. The most pertinent fact is that the quality of wines produced with these grapes is superb.

Red Bordeaux Wines

The grapes that are used to make red Bordeaux wines grow in mineral-rich soil, which gives the wine notes that are earthy. These dry medium to full-bodied wines have bold aromas and dominant notes of plum, black currant, graphite, cedar, and violet with a hint of leather. Types of red Bordeaux wines include:

  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Merlot
  • Cabernet Franc
  • Malbec
  • Petit Verdot

White Bordeaux Wines

White Bordeaux wines are also favorites among oenophiles everywhere. Many renowned connoisseurs claim that Sauternes is the region of Bordeaux that produces the world’s best sweet white wines. Bordeaux white wines tend to be tart and acidic. Dominant flavors include lemon-lime, grapefruit, lemon curd, gooseberry, and chamomile. Types of white Bordeaux include:

  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Sémillon
  • Muscadelle


One of the talents developed by seasoned wine collectors is selecting the best wine vintages. Every vat of wine has its own uniqueness. In general, great vintages of Bordeaux wine are produced in a certain region one or two times every five years. Good vintages of Bordeaux are often affordable.

Bordeaux Blends

The blending of grape varieties produces the various Bordeaux wines. Around the world, no wine is copied more than the red Bordeaux Blend, including all red wines listed above.

See this ongoing series about Bordeaux wine, which will include how to serve the wine and more.

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