Rediscovering the value of Bordeaux’s second grapes

Bordeaux second grapes

Bordeaux may be a Merlot-Cabernet-centric region, but a smattering of other red varieties subsist alongside. Look at the figures: Merlot accounts for 66% of the region’s red plantings, Cabernet Sauvignon 22% and Cabernet Franc 9%, leaving a meagre 3% of ‘other red varieties’. For these read: Carmenère, Malbec and Petit Verdot. While not exactly household names – though still officially authorised and very much part of the region’s DNA – these three secondary varieties are belatedly stirring interest as growers rediscover their potential as a single variety or as a component in a blend.

Lawther’s pick: Bordeaux with a different accent

See also: What does Petit Verdot add to a wine? Ask Decanter 

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Source: James Lawther MW