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Bordeaux Superieur Wine

Bordeaux Superieur wines are, as their name implies, a slightly "superior" form of standard Bordeaux AOC wines. The supérieur appellation is open to both red and white wines from anywhere in the Bordeaux region, which stretches 80 miles (130km) from Sainte-Foy in the east to the very northwestern tip of the Medoc.

Bordeaux Superieur wines are produced from the classic Bordeaux grape varieties. The reds rely heavily on Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc with smaller quantities of Malbec and Petit Verdot. Very occasionally, a splash of Bordeaux's long-lost Carmenere might also find its way into the blend, but only a handful of the region's vineyards are growing the variety.

A Saint-Emilion vineyard in Bordeaux

The white wines are produced mostly from Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon, with smaller quantities of Muscadelle and Sauvignon Gris.

Only two French appellations have adopted the concept of having a "superior" tier for their wines: Bordeaux and Beaujolais. It is true that Bordeaux's Graves district has its Graves Superieures appellation, but this was created specifically for sweet white wines, rather than to represent a refined form of the district's dry wines. The concept is much more widely taken up in Italy, where many DOCs have a superiore form of their wine (e.g. Valtellina Superiore).

There are several things which make Bordeaux Superieur wines "superior". Most obviously, they tend to be a little richer and more complex than regular Bordeaux, and it's the stricter production conditions outlined in the appellation laws that are to thank for this.

The key differences lie in the vineyards, which must meet higher planting densities; the more vines there are the harder each has to fight for survival, resulting in stronger, deeper root systems and healthier vines. Vineyards producing supérieur wines must have at least 4500 plants per hectare with at least 2.2 meters between the rows. Vineyards producing regular Bordeaux wine are required to have only 4000 plants per hectare, separated by a more generous 2.5 meters. Worth noting is that that these restrictions are still relatively relaxed when compared to those of, say, Sauternes, where each hectare must house at least 6500 plants.

The maximum yield per hectare obtained from the vineyards is also 10 percent lower for the supérieur wines, 9000kg for reds and 8000 kg for whites. The grapes must also be measurably riper when it comes to harvest time, with an extra 0.5 percent potential alcohol over those used for regular Bordeaux wines.

About a quarter of the Bordeaux vineyard area is given over to Bordeaux Superieur wines. It is spread across the region, with a bias towards the areas north of Saint-Emilion and Pomerol.

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We found 695 wines produced in this region and all sub-regions, only the first 500 will be shown.
Wine Name
Grape 
Popularity
Chateau de Reignac, Bordeaux Superieur, France Bordeaux Blend Red $34 243
Chateau d'Yquem 'Y' Ygrec, Bordeaux Superieur, France Sauvignon Blanc - Semillon $198 289
Chateau de Seguin, Bordeaux Superieur, France Bordeaux Blend Red $15 594
Jean-Philippe Janoueix Chateau Croix-Mouton, Bordeaux Superieur, France Bordeaux Blend Red $17 834
Chateau Pas de Rauzan, Bordeaux Superieur, France Bordeaux Blend Red $6 1848
Chateau de Macard, Bordeaux Superieur, France Bordeaux Blend Red $15 1949
Chateau de Terrefort-Quancard, Bordeaux Superieur, France Bordeaux Blend Red $15 2018
Chateau Recougne, Bordeaux Superieur, France Bordeaux Blend Red $13 2126
Chateau d'Argadens, Bordeaux Superieur, France Bordeaux Blend Red $15 2205
Robert Giraud Chateau Timberlay, Bordeaux Superieur, France Bordeaux Blend Red $18 2495
Dominique Meneret Domaine de Courteillac, Bordeaux Superieur, France Bordeaux Blend Red $17 3320
Chateau Grand Village, Bordeaux Superieur, France Bordeaux Blend Red $20 3902
Chateau de L'Abbaye de Saint-Ferme, Bordeaux Superieur, France Bordeaux Blend Red $8 3913
Jean-Philippe Janoueix Chateau Le Conseiller, Bordeaux Superieur, France Bordeaux Blend Red $22 3972
Chateau Lescalle, Bordeaux Superieur, France Bordeaux Blend Red $13 4575
Grand Vin de Reignac - Cuvee Speciale, Bordeaux Superieur, France Cabernet Sauvignon - Merlot $27 4606
Chateau de Parenchere, Bordeaux Superieur, France Bordeaux Blend Red $15 5050
Moulin d'Issan, Bordeaux Superieur, France Bordeaux Blend Red $22 5071
Chateau Couronneau, Bordeaux Superieur, France Bordeaux Blend Red $13 5239
Jean-Louis Trocard Chateau Trocard, Bordeaux Superieur, France Bordeaux Blend Red $13 5302
Chateau Ducla Rouge, Bordeaux Superieur, France Bordeaux Blend Red $15 6033
Chateau Lavergne-Dulong 'L du Chateau Lavergne-Dulong', Bordeaux Superieur, France Bordeaux Blend Red $18 6040
Chateau Latour Laguens, Bordeaux Superieur, France Bordeaux Blend Red $1,703 6748
Chateau Bolaire, Bordeaux Superieur, France Bordeaux Blend Red $17 6891
Chateau de Brondeau, Bordeaux Superieur, France Bordeaux Blend Red $15 7119
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