Bordeaux is the fourth largest city in France, but it’s more often associated with the largest wine region in the country, featuring more than 10,000 producers. The area is ideal for wine production because of its maritime climate as well as years of tradition and regional knowledge. Bordeaux is especially known for its red wines, of which there are five primary varieties.
Merlot is the most popular, at 60 percent of production, with many bottles coming from St. Emilion and the Pomerol district. Cabernet Sauvignon accounts for 26 percent of Boudreaux’s red wine grapes, with the most acclaimed brands coming from towns such as St. Estephe and Pauillac. Cab Franc, at 12 percent, is another popular red wine grape, followed by Malbec and Petit Verdot, which comprise approximately two percent of the area’s red wine grape production.