The Bordeaux blend has been copied with considerable success in many other wine regions, the ultimate compliment. The Left Bank of the Gironde River boasts the great Chateaux of the Medoc and Graves, whilst on the Right Bank, Saint Emilion (arguably the most beautiful commune) and Pomerol. Bordeaux is synonymous with the finest quality, predominantly in red wines though great dry whites are made in the Pessac Leognan, and most wine lovers will strive to taste the sweet white wines of Chateau Yquem and its neighbouring Chateau in Sauternes and Barsac.
Situated at the heart of Saint Emilion's famous limestone plateau, consisting of just five hectares, the l'Excellence Clos des Menuts is made from a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc.
The second wine of Chateau Lafite is made from the the vines of the plateau called Carruades, a group of plots ajacent to Lafites best vineyards, bought by the family in 1845. The higher Merlot content brings the wines to maturity much earlier than the first wine.
One of the five first growths of Bordeaux, and probably the most famous of them all. Located right at the northern limit of Pauillac, Cabernet Sauvignon dominates the blend with the soil made up of fine deep gravel, mixed with aeolian sand on a subsoil of tertiary limestone. It is well-drained and well-exposed to the sun. The finesse and elegance at Lafite is undeniable.