What are Bordeaux Wines?
Bordeaux lies on the banks of the Garonne River in France's southwest; it is part of the sixth largest urban area in the country. The city is the top wine producer in the world, home to the most important global wine fair. Wine has been produced in the Bordeaux region for more than a thousand years.
The average Bordeaux vintage produces more than 700 million bottles per year. These vary in quality – they can be simple and everyday table wines, or some of the most prestigious and expensive in the entire world; the vast majority of the Bordeaux wines are red (known as claret wines in the UK), with only Chateau d'Yquem, rosé, sparkling wines and dry whites being the exception.
Wine is a universal symbol, with its own language linking man, the world and the mystery of life. What's more, its history is intimately connected with man, whose existence in Genesis is associated with the vine, the tree of life. From the immortal brew in Greek mythology to the joy and friendship of contemporary rites by way of Christ's blood in the Christian liturgy, the symbol of wine has made its presence felt for thousands of years because its roots are sacred.
To many Bordeaux is the wine-lover's nemesis. In particular claret, the red wine of the region, is the focus of attention, although it is only one of a number of styles produced here. The famous dessert wine, Sauternes, hails from Bordeaux, and dry white Bordeaux may also be top notch. The red wine of Bordeaux may be produced from a number of grapes, mainly Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc, although small amounts of Malbec and Petit Verdot are also used. Cabernet Sauvignon dominates the wines produced on the left bank of the Gironde, whereas those produced on the right bank generally favour Merlot. The dry white wines are produced from the Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon grapes, as are Sauternes and the other sweet wines of the region, although they may also contain small amounts of the Muscadelle grape.
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Wine lovers have for centuries stored and bedded down wine for consumption at a later date. The object of this exercise is to purchase wine whilst modestly priced, before it matures and the prices increase.
The longer one holds onto wine and as the availability decreases, the prices rise and , of course, the better the wine tastes as it reaches its ‘optimum drinking age'
This is a concept we are all familiar with, one that is also used by many investors in alternative markets to achieve financial gain.