Location: In the south west of France, near the Atlantic coast, around the city of Bordeaux Size: 10 725 km2 (size of the Gironde department) Gironde - where Bordeaux is - is the biggest department in France Size of the vineyards: 120,000 hectares (300,000 acres)
Grapes in Bordeaux:
Merlot (50% of Bordeaux wines)
Production: 850 million bottles. 25% of all AOC in France Type of Wine: Full-body red wine (Pomerol); Medium-body red wine (Bordeaux AOC); Dry white wine (Entre deux Mers); Sweet white wine (Barsac and Sauternes) Bordeaux Wine and Food: Red Bordeaux is excellent with beef, lamb, grilled veal, game such as pheasant, poultry such as grilled turkey. Recommended cheese: Camembert, Brie and Roquefort; Dry whites are perfect in an aperitif and go very well with sea-food and chicken; Sweet wines are generally served with a desert. Connoisseurs appreciate the Sauternes as an aperitif or with foie gras.