Bordeaux - Appelations: Wine Law & Regulations - Graves Appellations

3 important questions on Bordeaux - Appelations: Wine Law & Regulations - Graves Appellations

What style of wines are produced in Graves AOC - Graves Supérieures AOC? Where are they located?

  • Both red and white (85% red)
  • from Brdx southwards
  • white 58 hl/ha
  • red 55 hl/ha
  • 85% = red
  • Supérieures > late picked and/or botrytis sweet wines.
  • acceptable - good
  • inexpensive - mid priced
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Where is Pessac-Léognan AOC located? Describe its growing environment.

  • Subregion within Graves, right south of Brdx
  • Gravel and moderating effect Garonne
  • Red 80% - white 20%
  • both 54 hl/ha
  • one first growth and all cru classé of Graves
  • Whites
    • high quality (often barrel fermented)
    • SB-Sem
    • goodberry, lemon, grapefruit
    • vanilla, clove
    • medium (+) body
    • medium (+) - high acidity and alc
    • very good to outstanding
    • premium -super premium priced
  • Reds
    • similar style-price as the 4 communes
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Which region on the left bank of Bordeaux produces the best white wines of Bordeaux? Describe the style.

  • Pessac-Léognan in the Graves appellations.
    • high quality (often barrel fermented)
    • SB-Sem
    • gooseberry, lemon, grapefruit
    • vanilla, clove of the new oak
  • medium (+) body
  • medium (+) - high acidity and alc
  • very good to outstanding
  • premium -super premium priced
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