Bordeaux is a region in France where the red blend known as Bordeaux is grown and made. Traditional Bordeaux wines are made from a combination of these six grape varietals:
  1. Cabernet Sauvignon
    This bad motherfucker is the most well-known Bordeaux varietal. Traditionally full of big tannin, intense fruit, and spicy-minerally flavors. It's super common on its own as a varietal wine. But even then it's commonly balanced with wines like Merlot.
  2. Cabernet Franc
    Good Cab Franc offers dark chocolate, earthy flavors and nice tannin - but bad Cab Franc tastes green and vegetal.
  3. Merlot
    If anyone brings up Sideways I will slap them. Merlot is awesome, with smooth, round mouthfeel and lovely cherry-berry flavors. Sure there's bad Merlot out there, but it's a vital component of great Bordeaux.
  4. Petit Verdot
    My momma calls PV a "bleeding slab of beef" wine. It's pure tannin and backbone, with tons of inky color and intense flavor. I love it as a varietal wine, but it's not for everyone. Straight PVs will age for decades.
  5. Carménère
    Yeah, no one else has heard of this either. It's a very rare traditional component of Bordeaux, recently becoming more popular in Chile. Carménère is a often a blending varietal - used to provide softish tannins and round fruit flavor.
  6. Malbec
    Big, smooth wine with earthy flavors, round mouthfeel and not a ton of acidity. Definitely great when balanced with bigger more acidic wines - but also 😍😍😍😍 on its own.