It’s not all grand chateaux and dusty bottles that need 30 years cellar age. This historical region, which has been making wine for centuries, knows what it’s doing and does it well. Some wines are age-worthy collectibles, but the majority are meant to be drunk now and enjoyed with food. Here are some fun facts you may not have known about Bordeaux.
-The region is made up of 57 separate appellations, or AOCs.
-Bordeaux represents 2.3% of total world wine production
-In 2007, the region produced nearly 760 million bottles of wine. That is a LOT of wine.
-Carmenere, the grape now associated with Chilean red wines, was once a common blending grape in Bordeaux. It grew out of fashion in the mid-20th century and is now almost extinct.
-“Cot” is the local name for Malbec, a grape that is waning in importance in the region.
-A half-bottle of Bordeaux is called a “fillette.”
-The 1855 classification stands exactly as it did in 1855, with one exception – Chateau Mouton Rothschild moved from a Deuxieme Cru (second growth) to a Premier Cru (first growth) in 1973.