Bordeaux Map Decanter Magazine, the illustration is of a map of the Left Bank of Bordeaux showing the wine-growing regions Commissioned for Decanter Magazine. As the terms Left and Right Bank clearly imply, what we think of as Bordeaux is, in reality, two different regions separated by the broad river Gironde. It’s not just geography that divides them. The Left Bank is, in its best terroirs, dominated by gravel banks, which Cabernet Sauvignon, in particular, finds accommodating. Across the river, the Right Bank is largely clay and limestone, where Merlot is more at home.
The city of Bordeaux is at the region’s centre. Within the city itself, and for some distance to the south, is the Graves, home to the Left Bank’s oldest properties. On the other hand, to the north lies the Médoc, home to the Left Bank’s most prestigious sub-regions: Margaux, St-Julien, Pauillac, and St-Estèphe.