Waitrose Sauternes Chateau Suduiraut
|Region:||Bordeaux , France|
|Alcohol by vol:||14.0% vol|
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Home to many of the world's finest wines, Bordeaux has a whole range of delicious, affordable and sensational offerings. The vibrant dry whites made from Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon are of consistently high quality and ideal for summer parties.
The Bordeaux region is divided by the Garonne and Dordogne rivers. On the 'left bank' of the Gironde, the Médoc area makes red wines mainly from Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. Usually they're blended with one or two other grape varieties, including Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Merlot and Petit Verdot.
Cabernet Sauvignon makes wines with great structure and ageing potential. The very best wines from the region were classified over 150 years ago and are known as 'Classed Growths'. Across the river, the undulating countryside is home to communes such as Saint-Émilion and Pomerol and the larger areas of the Côtes de Blaye, Bourg and Castillon. This area typically enjoys hotter summers than the Médoc, making it ideal for growing Merlot, which is usually blended with small percentages of the other red grape varieties. Wines from the 'right bank' tend to age sooner, with softer flavours making them easier to drink when young.
This golden-skinned grape is most commonly grown in France and Australia, where it is appreciated for the toasty, honeyed character it adds to a wine as it ages. In Bordeaux, this aging potential is most often seen in the sweet wines of Sauternes, where it is commonly blended with Sauvignon Blanc . Semillon is often used as a blending partner for Chardonnay, where it can contribute a crisp, citrusy edge to the bouquet.