- The bigger the region listed on the bottle, the lower the quality (and the price). Listing an appellation is much more expensive than the entire region of Bordeaux.
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Wines are classified by these regions (there are 57 in Bordeaux alone), as well as the estate, and the ranking of the estate. This information, along with whether the wine was bottled by a Chateau or by a negociant (an aggregator of grapes from various vineyards), the year or “vintage”, and the alcohol content, are all listed on the bottle’s label.
- Chateau Latour (Pauillac)
Medoc - The name refers to the general region on the left bank, but it’s also the name for the appelation located the farthest north. Unlike the rest of the region, the soil is rich in clay so there’s more Merlot grown here. La Lagune, La Tour Carnet, Belgrave, Camensac, Cantermerle are some famous names to remember.
Margaux - Chateau Margaux is the most famous estate as it’s the only premier grand crus of the region. These are Cabernet Sauvignon based as well.
Although I do have to point out one more because the manga references a 2001 Chateau Mont-Perat and likens it to Queen. Yes, the Freddie Mercury-We Are the Champions-Queen. These bottles supposedly are not too expensive so many I’ll go seek out a bottle soon. Anyway, the appelation this one is from is called Premieres Cotes de Bordeaux. It’s across from the Graves section, on the right bank.