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Rive droite

French name (right bank) for the area to the right of the Dordogne river and the Gironde estuary in the Bordeaux region. It includes the AOC areas Blaye - Côtes de Bordeaux, Castillon - Côtes de Bordeaux, Francs - Côtes de Bordeaux, Fronsac, Lalande de Pomerol, Pomerol and Saint-Émilion. In the past, the wines from here were not marketed via Bordeaux, but via the Libourne trading centre. This is why the area is also called Libournais.

Bordeaux - Karte

The soils here are predominantly calcareous and clayey, which are advantageous for certain grape varieties and bring out their potential characteristics particularly concisely and positively. The typical blend of varieties is called a Bordeaux blend (of the right bank). The red wines are usually dominated by Merlot, supplemented with smaller proportions of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. It is often said that there are more subtle and elegant wines on the right bank and more powerful and long-lasting wines on the left bank. Sauvignon Blanc dominates among the white wines. The left bank along the Garonne River and the Gironde estuary is called Rive gauche.

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