For the fifth year, Bordeaux Appellations d’Origine Contrôlée (AOC) and Bordeaux Supérieur AOC wines are participating in the Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition. Sponsored by the Bordeaux AOC & Bordeaux Supérieur AOC Vintners’ Association (Maison des Bordeaux), and coordinated by Bordeaux-based Vin’Animus, more than 170 red wines are expected to be entered into a category devoted exclusively to the two AOCs.
In its 74th year, the Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition – named by USA Today as “one of the Top Five wine competitions in the United States” – brings together more than 75 international judges to taste nearly 4,000 wines from 800 vineyards all over the world in blind tastings.
American wine lovers get the opportunity to taste the award-winning wines at Cheers: L.A.'s Wine, Spirits, Beer & Food Festival at Fairplex June 22. The event benefits the educational programs of The Learning Centers at Fairplex.
What Makes Bordeaux So Special?
Beginning with the Romans more than 2,000 years ago, vineyards have been cultivated in the Bordeaux region, knowledge has been transferred from generation to generation, and new techniques have continually been discovered through centuries of trial and error and innovative experimentation. Through this constant search for excellence was created the world-famous “Bordeaux Blend,” which allows any combination of the five red grape varietals traditionally grown in the Bordeaux wine region – Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Carmenère, and Petit Verdot.
Many other wine regions may use the formula, however, Merlot- and Cabernet Sauvignon-dominant blended wines have their best expression with the soils, oceanic micro-climate, and know-how – the terroir – of the Bordeaux region. Using both tradition and innovation, the Bordeaux AOC & Bordeaux Supérieur AOC winemakers strive first and foremost to make wines that express their terroir, wines that are balanced with a harmony of fruit, acidity and tannins.
Producing red (88% of the wines produced), white, rosé, sweet and sparkling wines, the Bordeaux & Bordeaux Supérieur AOCs represent more than half of the vineyards in the prestigious Bordeaux wine region, and form the largest fine wine region in the world. Bordeaux AOC & Bordeaux Supérieur AOC wines are at their best in their youth, when their exceptionally fruity qualities delight the palate. They will also age nicely for a few years, revealing all the subtleties of their bouquet. Recognized worldwide for their quality, Bordeaux & Bordeaux Supérieur AOCs offer elegant, accessible wines at affordable prices, perfect for any occasion.