Bordeaux Superieur Bordeaux Value Wine Guide, with a history of the Bordeaux Superieur appellation, a look at the character of the wines, Producer and Chateaux Listings with links to pages on every important property in the Bordeaux Superieur region as well as to other value, Bordeaux wine communes like the satellite appellations with wine tasting notes, histories of the best Bordeaux Superieur properties, images, technical information and Bordeaux wine buying tips. For a look at other, important Bordeaux value wine regions: All Bordeaux Value Wine Appellation Guide
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Bordeaux Superieur is a designation granted to chateaux that can be located in specific appellations. Wines classed as Bordeaux Superieur can come from a number of different appellations. While the estate could have the right to be listed as part of that specific appellation, most of the time, but not always, the designation of Bordeaux Superieur is used to signify wines of lesser quality than many appellation wines. But that is not always the case. To be classed a Bordeaux Superieur wine, the product is required to age in oak barrels for a minimum or 12 months and usually have higher sugar levels and come from vineyards with lower yields than is commonly found in generic Bordeaux AOC wines. Bordeaux Superieur wines must reach at least 10% alcohol naturally. All of this denotes a wine that should be markedly better than a wine sold as a Bordeaux AOC wine.
The surface area devoted to the production of wine with the Bordeaux Superieur designation is massive. There are a wide range of terroirs for this classification that range from gravel, clay, sand or limestone, or any combination. Bordeaux Superieur wines can be red, white or even, sweet, white Bordeaux Superieur wine.
The wines covered in The Wine Cellar Insider listed as Bordeaux Superieur are often some of the best candidates in vintage after vintage for the best value Bordeaux wine of the year. Merlot and Cabernet Franc are the most important grape varieties in the production of wines classed as Bordeaux Superieur. However, producers also plant Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Petit Verdot and Carmenere. As a matter of style, the Merlot dominated wines from Bordeaux Superieur are delicious to drink young, they are soft, round and easy to like. One red wine that is consistently strong with the classification of Bordeaux Superieur is Chateau Reignac.
White wines can also earn the classification of Bordeaux Superieur. White Bordeaux Superieur wines are produced from Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Muscadelle and Sauvignon Gris. In fact, the famous dry, white wine of Chateau d’Yquem, “Y” is classed as a Bordeaux Superieur.
There are numerous Bordeaux value wines classed as Bordeaux Superieur that are worth buying. Look for Chateau Bolaire, Domaine du Bouscat, Domaine de Courteillac, Chateau Le Conseiller, Chateau Croix Mouton, Chateau Grand Village, Chateau Gree-Laroque, Chateau Le Pin Beausoleil, Chateau Rauzan Despagne and Chateau Reignac.