Bordeaux AOC wines can be enjoyed young, while Bordeaux Supérieur AOC wines develop charm and fullness as they age.
These wines are always welcome, their lack of pretension expressing the generosity and warmth of the Gironde region.
Bordeaux rosé and Bordeaux clairet are distinguishable by the rosé's pale pink color, and the clairet’s stronger pink. After macerating briefly with the grape skins, these wines are made in the same way as white Bordeaux. Bordeaux clairet wines are, in fact, worthy descendants of "French clarets," the first type of wine to be made in the region.
Dry white Bordeaux are generally pale in color but fruity and gently perfumed. Their natural freshness gives them a strength which goes perfectly with seafood.
Bordeaux Supérieur wines are subject to stricter conditions of production and vinification: the permitted yield is ten percent smaller than for AOC Bordeaux, and they must have matured for at least a year before being put on the market; some even spend time in Bordeaux oak casks. All have the characteristics of a quality wine, with potential for aging, and prices that will not break the bank of wine-lovers. White Bordeaux Supérieur wines are made with blends identical to those of white Bordeaux. However, over-ripe grapes are used, which make them richer in alcohol and in sugar. They are generally sweeter and smoother.
Worth a mention among the best- known crus are Chateaux Seguin, Parenchère, Tour de Mirambeau, Thieuly, and Bonnet.