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Bordeaux - Red

Bordeaux's left bank is responsible for the most famous red wines on the planet. It is dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon plantings, reflected in the full-bodied, long-lived tannic style of wines. Châteaux of the Médoc (Pauillac, Saint-Estephe, Saint-Julien), are rated under the 1855 Bordeaux classification into growths. Other important left bank appellations include the Graves and Margaux.

Bordeaux's right bank refers to the right bank or northern half of the Dordogne. Merlot is the dominant grape variety here, accounting for softer, less tannic wines than Cabernet Sauvignon. Saint-Emilion (which has its own classification system), and Pomerol are the most famous of right bank appellations.

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