Bordeaux is perhaps the most significant and historical French region in the wine trade. The region has strong ties to England, which has been one of the largest wine markets historically, and was considered part of the British Empire beginning with the marriage of Eleanor of Aquitaine to King Henry II of England until the 15th century. Thus began the English-speaking world’s love affair with France’s largest wine region.
Bordeaux has also served as a model to winemakers in California and around the world, as the pinnacle of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot production. This region is a red wine-lover’s paradise, giving a thirsty public the classic expressions of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, along with minor yet essential blending grapes like Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, and Carmenere. Its white wines are equally intriguing and varied, ranging from crisp and citrusy examples of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon blends to the unctuous, carefully-harvested dessert wines of the world-class Sauternes sub-region.