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Château La Tulipe de la Garde
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Rotwein 2012 Bordeaux Superieur AOC Merlot Limited Edition, Bordeaux, France

Type: Rotwein (Red wine)
Quantity: 0.75 L
Alcohol content: 13.5%
Bottle closure: Natural cork
Variety: Merlot
Registration number: #LTG-L131014T03

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Last reviewed: 6 May, 2015
A large part of the wines in the French region of Bordeaux are produced under the comprehensive appellation designation "Bordeaux" (alcohol content of at least 10% vol. for red wine, 10.5% vol. for white wine) or "Bordeaux-Supérieur" (higher alcohol content with at least 10.5% vol. for red wine and 11.5% vol. for white wine). This applies to all wines that come from the official Bordeaux region but do not have a defined place name. They must comply with all AC rules regarding grape varieties, yield, vinification etc. according to the region of origin and are also controlled.

Together with Burgundy, the Bordeaux region is probably one of the best-known French wine-growing regions vying for first place among the qualitatively "best wines". The city of the same name is the capital of the Gironde département with its eponymous estuary in southwest France and is considered one of the most beautiful wine cities in the world. The Greek historian Strabo (63 B.C.-28 A.D.) writes that when he visited "Burdigala" in about 20 A.D., he found no viticulture. However, this is not attested by Pliny the Elder (23-79) a few decades later. This means that the Romans established viticulture here around 50 AD....

France is a relatively young wine-growing country compared to Greece and Italy. The first vines were brought to France in the 6th century BC by the Greeks, who founded Massalia (Latin Massillia = Marseille) in the southwest on the Mediterranean coast. At this time, the land that was only later called Gaul by the Romans was inhabited by the Celts. A lively trade developed and the Greeks covered the demand. When the Greeks migrated to the Po Valley in the 5th century, they got to know Italian wine and began to import it. The later French had been consuming wine for a long time before they began to cultivate it themselves on a large scale. The...

This red grape variety comes from France. The name is probably derived from the French word for blackbird (merle), because these birds like to nibble the berries, which are very sweet when fully ripe. However, the name may also be an allusion to the black-blue colouring of the berries similar to the bird. There are over 60 synonyms, which testify to its worldwide distribution. The most important are Alicante Noir, Begney, Bigney, Bigney Rouge, Bini, Black Alicante, Blue Merlot, Bordò, Cabernet del Cleto, Crabutet, Crabutet Noir, Crabutet Noir Merlau, Hebigney, Higney, Médoc Noir, Merlau, Merlot Black, Merlot Blue, Merlot Crni, Merlot...

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