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Bordeaux Reds and Whites

Bordeaux Reds and Whites

Yes, there are red and white Bordeauxs, however reds make up the vast majority of production. While there are both red and white Bordeauxs, the name Bordeaux is primarily associated with the red wine blend. Red Bordeaux is a red wine that is always made from blending Cabernet Sauvignon wine and Merlot wine together, though the proportion of each depends on the location of the winery that made the wine.

Bordeaux used to have a significant production of white wines, with Entre-deux-Mers, a primarily white wine area. Unlike the style of dry white Bordeaux favored today, with almost 100% Sauvignon Blanc and a heavy influence of new oak, the traditional Entre-deux-Mers whites had a high proportion of Semillion and were made in either old oak barrels or steel tanks.

Today production of white wine has shrunk to about one tenth of Bordeaux's total production, with approximately 10.0% of the vineyard surface used for white wine.