French name (left bank) for the entire area to the left of the Garonne river and the Gironde estuary in the Bordeaux region. It includes the AOC areas of Graves, Pessac-Léognan and Sauternes (with Barsac), and the entire Médoc area (Bas-Médoc and Haut-Médoc). Bordeaux wines are dominated by certain grape varieties, which is known as Bordeaux blending. In the red wines of Rive gauche, the dominant variety is usually Cabernet Sauvignon, complemented by Cabernet Franc, Cot (here Malbec), Merlot and Petit Verdot. The right bank along the Dordogne and Gironde rivers is called Rive droite.