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Rotwein 2004 Graves de Vayres AOC, Bordeaux, France

Type: Rotwein (Red wine)
Quantity: 0.75 L
Alcohol content: 12%
Bottle closure: Natural cork
Registration number: #TO-L0604

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Last reviewed: 30 November, 2006
Named after the historic town of Vayres, this appellation is located in the north of the large Entre-deux-Mers area (Bordeaux). However, it has nothing to do with the Graves area. The area covers 600 hectares of vineyards on gravelly and sandy soil on the left bank of the Dordogne. It applies to dry and sweet white wines from Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Muscadelle and Merlot Blanc, as well as dry red wines from Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Carmenère, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot

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...

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