Bordeaux: There Will be Blood – and Wine

binNotes leaves for Burgundy next Monday…In the meantime, folks have asked for a re-post of binNotes’ post on Bordeaux…’There Will Be Blood…and Wine’…go figure…?
Anyway, yes – ‘Terroirist Tuesdays’ will resume when binNotes returns from France in November…Santé!.


Welcome to another installment of  binNotes’ Terroirist Tuesday.

Last Week’s Discussion: Part 1 of 3: Bordeaux’s Classification System.

This week: Part 2 of 3: Bordeaux. A wine region steeped in history. A history steeped in war. Lots of war. But first:

Bordeaux: Some Facts

  • Location: SW Quadrant of France
  • Name ‘Bordeaux’ derives from the French au bord de l’eau meaning”along the waters”
  • “Along the waters” refers to the Gironde estuary and tributaries, the Garonne and the Dordogne rivers
  • #1 FrenchWine Producing Region – by volume
  •  297,000 acres of vineyards
  •  1/4 of all French AOC wine
  • Greatest % of Wine Estates in France
  • 2 regional UNESCOHeritage sites:
  • Largest man-made forest in Europe: Les Landes (2.5M acres)
  • Biennial Vinexpo Host – World’s Largest Wine Fair

Bordeaux: Some History

So, about those wars. First the Romans came, saw, conquered, and stayed in Bordeaux. (Pliny mentions Bordeaux’s…

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