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The Bordeaux Supérieur appellation

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The Bordeaux Supérieur appellation

carte AOC Bordeaux supérieur

Along with the l'A.O.C. Bordeaux , Bordeaux Supérieur is the most widespread generic appellation in the Gironde department. It includes wines produced throughout the entire department on all types of soil legally entitled to produce wine (i.e. excluding wetlands and forested areas).

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This area is so vast that it necessarily encompasses a great variety of soils. Winegrowers must cope with this wealth of possibilities by choosing the grape varieties best adapted to each terroir, which can either be totally given over to the A.O.C. Bordeaux Supérieur (presently in excess of 11,730 hectares) or shared with another appellation.

The Bordeaux Supérieur Appellation was created by an official decree dated 14 October1943.  It applies to both red and white wines.  In fact, Bordeaux Supérieur wines are a selection from within the Bordeaux appellation that meet very strict demands and a precise set of specifications..

Specifications for the A.O.C. Bordeaux Supérieur include

  • The following authorised grape varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot (main varieties) as well as Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Carménère and Petit Verdot (to a lesser extent)
  • Maximum authorised yield: less than 50 hl/ha
  • Maximum alcoholic degree: 13°5
  • Obligatory ageing period: at least until the 15 June of the year after the vintage.

Caractéristiques du Bordeaux Supérieur rouge

The hallmarks of Bordeaux Supérieur are great aromatic complexity, showing very ripe fruit as well as floral and spicy overtones and, on occasion, oaky nuances. The tannin is generally more powerful than A.O.C. Bordeaux. Bordeaux Supérieur therefore has good ageing potential, and its rich flavour can be appreciated up to 10 years after the vintage. It goes beautifully with game, spicy duck and cooked mushrooms.

vigne A.O.C. Bordeaux Supérieur