Ready to find out the skinny on big Bordeaux wines?
Which of the red Bordeaux grape varieties represents the largest percentage of grapes grown in the region?
- Cabernet Franc
- Cabernet Sauvignon
Answer: There are far more double the number of acres of Merlot (shown right) planted than Cabernet Sauvignon: 170,000 acres of Merlot compared to the 72,000 devoted to Cabernet Sauvignon. Cabernet Franc makes up 12% of the red plantings, while Malbec, Petit Verdot and Carmenere comprise only 2% of the red plantings.
How many red AOCs are there in the Medoc region of Bordeaux?
Answer: There are eight AOCs in the Medoc region. Six communes: St Estephe, Pauillac, St Julien, Margaux (now isn't that a beautiful chateaux?), Moulis en Medoc, and Listrac -Medoc. There are also Medoc and Haut Medoc which cover the broader region for a total of eight. All of the AOCs in the Medoc are red only.
FYI: These are actual practice questions from Frank’s WSET and ISG studies. Let us know how you’re enjoying them and using them.