Chateau de Marsan Bordeaux Blanc
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Awards & Ratings
Wine Enthusiast Award 86/100
- Pale Green
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Over the last several hundred years, France has been the most influential country in the wine world. France is the source of more well-known grape varieties (such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and Syrah) and winemaking practices than any other country. The names of many French wine regions such as Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne are well-known throughout the world, and the style of top French wines have long been the benchmark for winemaking in most wine-producing countries of the world.
French law divides wine into 3 categories: VDF (Vin De France) carries with it only the producer and the designation that it is from France. IGP (Indication Géographique Protégée) carries with it a specific region within France (for example IGP Languedoc). AOC (Appellation d'Origine Controlee) Wine from a particular area with many other restrictions, including grape varieties & winemaking methods.
The wine region of Bordeaux is the area around the city of Bordeaux within the Gironde department of Aquitaine. The region is naturally divided by the Gironde River into a Left Bank area, which includes the Medoc, St-Estèphe, Pauillac, St.-Julien, and Margaux appellations, and a Right Bank area that includes the Saint-Emilion, Pomerol, Cotes de Bourg and Côtes de Blaye appellations. Additional wine regions include the area of Graves, which is south east of the Medoc and includes the sub regions of Pessac-Leognan, Sauternes and Barsac. Across from the Graves, on the Right Bank, is the Entre-Deux-Mers area between the Gironde and Dordogne rivers.
All of these regions have their own Appellation d'Origine Controlee laws, which dictate the composition of their vineyards, time of harvest and appropriate yields as well as various winemaking techniques.