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
Pomerol AOC Château L’Evangile Blason de L’Evangile 2014, $80 Rated 92 by James Suckling Blend: 93% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc Drink 2017-2022
St-Émilion Grand Cru AOC Château Sansonnet 2014, $40 Rated 93 by James Suckling Blend: 90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc Drink 2020-2030
Top Regional Classifications
Bordeaux AOC Château Les Pasquets Bordeaux Rouge AOC 2016, $12 Blend: 60% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc Drink now
Bordeaux Supérieur AOC Château de Parenchère 2017 Bordeaux Supérieur, $17 Rated 90 points by Wine Enthusiast Blend: 70% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon Drink from 2021
Right Bank Bordeaux Summary
As you can see, the Bordeaux AOC and Bordeaux Supérieur AOC provide excellent value. It’s the perfect way to explore Bordeaux. You can even compare a Right Bank Bordeaux (Merlot dominant) to a Left Bank Bordeaux (Cabernet Dominant). Or compare a Right Bank Bordeaux to a Merlot single varietal from California. There are so many ways to explore wine. Tell us in the comments how you like to explore a region’s wines.
A votre Santé! To your health!
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