Taste Right Bank Bordeaux Blends: Merlot Dominant


Town of Bordeaux with river running through it.
Town of Bordeaux. Photo by: Saiko3p

Merlot is the most planted grape varietal in Bordeaux and the perfect blending partner for Cabernet Sauvignon. This is because Merlot softens the strong tannins found in Cabernet while at the same time Cabernet gives the wine structure that Merlot lacks.

The Right Bank of the region is where Merlot grows the best and where you’ll find blends with Merlot as the dominant grape. That is where we’ll focus our Bordeaux wine selections.

Tasting Right Bank Bordeaux

This line up focuses on the top 2 appellations (regions) on the Right Bank of Bordeaux: Pomerol AOC and St-Émilion AOC. We’ll also look at wine produced from grapes grown throughout Bordeaux, not just a specific appellation: Bordeaux AOC and Bordeaux Supérieur AOC.

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Top 2 Right Bank Appellations

Blason de L'Evangile, Pomerol AOC wine label

Chateau Sansonnet 2014, St-Emilion Grand Cru wine label