Bordeaux is one of the world's most prolific wine regions.  It also manages to rank among the most famous and prestigious. The secrets of Bordeaux's wine success (other than magical Bordeaux Blend) are its three trump cards: diversity, quality and quantity.

The majority of Bordeaux wines are the dry, medium-bodied reds that made the region famous. The finest (and most expensive) of these come from the great chateaux of the Medoc, particularly those in Pauillac and Margaux, and from the "right bank" appellations Saint-Emilion and Pomerol.  The legendary reds are complemented by high quality white wines, both the dry styles of Pessac-Leognan and the sweet, botrytized nectars of Sauternes. 

The official Bordeaux viticultural region stretches for 80 miles (130km) inland from the Atlantic coast.  It is home to more than 10,000 producers, who turn out a vast quantity of wine each vintage.  These range from inexpensive everyday wines, through to some of the world’s most expensive and prestigious labels. Bottles of dry red wine produced under the region's generic Bordeaux appellation can be bought for just a few dollars.  Those from the top chateaux are regularly traded for several thousand dollars.