8 Things to Know About AOC Bordeaux & Bordeaux Superieur

8 Things to Know About AOC Bordeaux & Bordeaux Superieur

It’s no surprise that the namesake AOC of the world’s most famous wine region accounts for more than 50% of wines produced in area. AOC Bordeaux and Bordeaux Superieur represents the best in value and range that Bordeaux has to offer, from reds to whites, Rosé and Cremant. Here are 8 things to know about Bordeaux’s most convivial, wallet friendly AOCs:1. AOC Bordeaux and Bordeaux Superieur are distributed over the whole of the Bordeaux wine region and covers more than 55% of the Controlled Appellations of Origin territory.2. There are actually 7 designated AOC’s that cover the world of Bordeaux wines, affectionately referred to as Planet Bordeaux. They include AOC Bordeaux Red, AOC Bordeaux (Dry) White, AOC Bordeaux Rosé, AOC Bordeaux Clairet, AOC Bordeaux Superieur Red, AOC Bordeaux Superieur …

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It’s no surprise that the namesake AOC of the world’s most famous wine region accounts for more than 50% of wines produced in area. AOC Bordeaux and Bordeaux Superieur represents the best in value and range that Bordeaux has to offer, from reds to whites, Rosé and Cremant. Here are 8 things to know about Bordeaux’s most convivial, wallet friendly AOCs:

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1. AOC Bordeaux and Bordeaux Superieur are distributed over the whole of the Bordeaux wine region and covers more than 55% of the Controlled Appellations of Origin territory.

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2. There are actually 7 designated AOC’s that cover the world of Bordeaux wines, affectionately referred to as Planet Bordeaux. They include AOC Bordeaux Red, AOC Bordeaux (Dry) White, AOC Bordeaux Rosé, AOC Bordeaux Clairet, AOC Bordeaux Superieur Red, AOC Bordeaux Superieur Sweet White and Crémant de Bordeaux.

3. Red Bordeaux and Bordeaux Superieur wines are made primarily from three grape varieties: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. The red wines of these AOC’s generally contain more Merlot as they tend to be concentrated on the Right Bank. All authorized red grape varietals can be used to make Bordeaux Rosé and Clairet.

4. For whites, the main varieties are Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon and Muscadelle.

5. The British were among the first consumers to appreciate red Bordeaux, which they called Claret. The word is still used in the UK and has become a synonym for red Bordeaux.

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6. Bordeaux Clairet refers to a dark colored rosé or light colored red wine.

7. In order to qualify as AOC Bordeaux Superieur, wines must be aged in oak barrels for a minimum of 12 months, generally contain higher levels of sugar and must naturally reach at least 10% alcohol level compared to the 9.5% requirement of AOC Bordeaux.

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8. Generally, AOC Bordeaux reds are fruity, easy to drink and meant to be enjoyed young while more complex reds can be found within the AOC Bordeaux Superieur umbrella.

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