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Vinoble is proud to list a selection of Bordeaux wines Hong Kong. Nestled along the south-western coast of France and bisected by the Garrone, and Dordogne rivers, the Bordeaux wine region is named for the capital city. Along these rivers, leading into the Gironde Estuary, picturesque Chateau's dating back centuries carefully produce some of the rarest, most expensive, and famous wine in the world. The English may have called it Claret as early as the 13th century, but the world knows it as Bordeaux. While the topography, soil composition, and climate make the region an ideal wine producing area, over a thousand years of viticulture contributes to the world-class quality we find here today. Red wine is the focus in the region producing blends of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Petite Verdot in various proportions, with a rare appearance by Malbec or Carménère. The precise assemblage for each wine varies in each Chateau. The so-called 'Left Bank' of the Gironde is traditionally dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon, while the 'Right Bank' puts the Merlot forward, due to the higher clay content of the terroir. There are 54 AOC designations, including the legendary Pauillac, Pomerol, Sain-Julien and Saint Émilion. The better wines of the region are classified as Bordeaux Supérieur in addition to their particular AOC. In 1855, an association of wine merchants laid down a ranking of all the Chateau in Bordeaux from First to Fifth growth. Only five first growths have been named, Lafite-Rothschild, Latour, Haut-Brion, Margaux, and Mouton Rothschild. The first and second growth Bordeaux have emerged in the 20th century as the most in demand, and well respected class of wines in the world. White wine is also produced from Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, and Muscadelle. The sweet, late harvest, botrytis wines of Sauternes are highly sought after, particularly for their longevity, with hundred year old bottles of Chateau Yqem not unheard of at auction. The Bordeaux blend has spread to nearly every wine region in the world. Many of the best producers in Napa, Tuscany, Washington State, and South America, have made their reputation on a 'proprietary red' that uses Bordeaux grapes. Indeed any wine region that wishes to gain international legitimacy, must first prove themselves to the Bordelaise.

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