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Bordeaux Overview with Abbie Bennington

This show was published 05 April 2024


Abbie Bennington DipWSET is a Bordeaux Accredited Educator, a senior tutor for ThirtyFifty, teaching the WSET Level 3 wine course, and also runs her own tasting business, ABV Tastings.

In this first interview, Abbie gives an overview of the Bordeaux region, its climate, geography, soils and key grape varieties. The climate is maritime with high rainfall, leading to disease pressures in the vineyard and challenges at harvest time. The region splits into the right bank and left bank, on either side of the River Garonne and the huge Gironde estuary. The right bank is more inland and Merlot dominates, while the left bank is closer to the Atlantic ocean and encompasses the M├ędoc region where Cabernet Sauvignon is king. The four key red grapes are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.


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