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Bordeaux – land of iconic grapes

Bordeaux has long been famed for its great wine and deep-rooted vineyard culture. Read up on four of the grapes most synonymous with this region of France.

The Bordeaux region of France is well-known for its incredible wine. Bordeaux has a long history of winemaking that goes back centuries – wine is a staple of both the agricultural climate and the culture of Bordeaux.

Here in Australia, we have lots of good vino in our wine collection – but most of us wouldn’t say no to an old-world French wine every now and then.
If you’re curious to learn more about the four most iconic Bordeaux grapes, read on.




Malbec may be closely associated with South America these days, but it will never shake its French heritage. Malbec is still grown in certain parts of Bordeaux today, primarily in Blaye, Bourg and Entre-Deux-Mers. It is also often produced in Cahors and exported through Bordeaux.

For many years, the Malbec grape was known as Cot, and it is still sometimes referred to by this name. Another alternative title for the grape is Auxerrois. Often blended with Merlot or Tannat grapes, Malbec from France has a more old-world taste than its counterparts in South America.


Cabernet Sauvignon


Cabernet Sauvignon is currently the most widely planted grape of any colour, according to the Jancis Robinson wine blog. A cross between Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon often boasts a characteristic currant flavour.

In Bordeaux, Cabernet Sauvignon is often grown in the Entre-Deux-Mers, Médoc and Graves regions, and it is often blended with Merlot, Petit Verdot or Cabernet Franc.

Cabernet Franc


Cabernet Franc is genetically similar to Cabernet Sauvignon, but it has a subtler, lighter taste. Cabernet Franc can be more difficult to grow than Cabernet Sauvignon – according to Jancis Robinson, underripe Cabernet Sauvignon can appear remarkably similar to Cabernet Franc. Though the two grapes have many similar characteristics, Cabernet Franc has an appeal all its own.

Sometimes referred to in France as Bouchet, Cabernet Franc is often grown in Medoc, Graves, St-Emilion and Pomerol, as well as in the Loire Valley.




Merlot is a lush, fruit-forward wine that is widely grown throughout France and is often blended with Cabernet Sauvignon or Cabernet Franc. Its rich and flavourful qualities make it a great partner with these other two more serious vinos.

Merlot is one of the most commonly planted grapes in all of France, and it primarily hails from the Pomerol or St-Emilion regions of Bordeaux. When it comes to French Merlot, you can find some truly delicious high-level wines.


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