Country: France  Region: Bordeaux   Grapes: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc

Bordeaux, the largest wine-producing region in France, consists of two areas, the Left Bank and the Right Bank, both in the heart of the Gironde Estuary. Merlot dominates the Right Bank, while Cabernet Sauvignon is the predominant grape in the Left Bank. The region enjoys a cool marine coastal climate with mild weather and no dry season. In general, French wines are best categorized by region and the blend, not about individual grape varieties. Bordeaux wines are known for the terroir, which defines a specific region based upon the soil, climate and viticultural traditions. AOP (Appellation d’Origine Protégée) is the European equivalent of the AOC. The terms mean the same thing, and AOP replaced the AOC designation in 2012.

This garnet red nectar is a blend of 50% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Cabernet Franc grapes. On the nose it shows aromas of red berries which carry through to the taste. The wine has a well-rounded mouth-feel, combined with soft tannins and an agreeable finish. Open the bottle soon, and serve at room temperature with your choice of roast beef, roast lamb, grilled sausages, beef stew or your favorite medium cheeses.

Petit Lixandre Bordeaux:

MERLOT GRAPES — Producing wines soft in fruit, grand in color, and rich in flavor, Merlot grapes are invaluable in fruity lusciousness and velvet quality. These grand reds create perfect “stand-alone” wines, yet blend well with other fruits. With generous density and layered flavors, Merlot grapes are key to wines that are wonderfully proportioned with the ideal touch of acid that keeps the flavor fresh and vibrant.

CABERNET SAUVIGNON — A complimentary grape in this wine, it provides structure. The fruit is small, dark and thick-skinned, late-maturing; needs warmth to mature.

CABERNET FRANC — It’s hard to distinguish any significant differences between Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Franc, however, has a slightly earthy style.

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