Bordeaux remains the world’s most important producer of fine red wines. The region is split neatly into two distinct styles by varietal and geography. The better known regions of Margaux, Saint Julien, Pauillac and Saint Estèphe to the west of the Gironde river produce Cabernet Sauvignon dominant wines with power, backbone and structure while the communes of Saint Emilion and Pomerol on limestone and clay soils lean more to the Merlot varietal offering often richer and more generous wines.
In between is the Pessac-Leognan region, which technically offers a hybrid between these two styles, pivoting between Cabernet styles of the west and the Merlot of the east.
In addition, there is growing demand for the dry white wines of Bordeaux, where improvements in winemaking techniques have resulted in ever more interesting wines.