Located in a corner of southwestern France, Bordeaux is where the very notion of wine snobbery was invented. Snob appeal aside, the wines of Bordeaux are some of the greatest in the world; they're the perfect holiday present for the hard-to-please oenophile.
Geography Lesson Bordeaux is divided into two sub-regions: the Médoc, Graves and Sauternes (the Left Bank), and, across the Gironde, Pomerol and St-Émilion (the Right Bank). Left Bank reds are mostly Cabernet Sauvignon, while Right Bank reds are mostly Merlot and/or Cabernet Franc.
Château Count There are 12,000 producers in Bordeauxmost called Château whether they have an actual château or not, though many sell less-than-great wines.