Bordeaux is a very big wine region, located in the Gironde department, in South-West of France. One of the most important wine regions in Europe, the name of Bordeaux is worldly known as the largest fine wine-producing vineyard in the world. Bordeaux produces 25% of the AOC in France. It also produces all of the three main types of wine: red wines, dry white wines, and sweet white wines.
All the appellations of Bordeaux wines are not classified in a single ranking (see the 1855 Classification). Sauternes, Médoc, Graves, and Saint-Emilion districts have their own classification systems. Pomerol, one of Bordeaux’s greatest wines, was not included in this 1855 classification, and remains unclassified to this day.
"Premiers Crus" (First Growths) is the top ranking for a French winery. The First Growths of Bordeaux are: Château Lafite-Rothschild, Château Margaux, Château Latour, Château Haut-Brion, Château Mouton-Rothschild, Château Pichon-Lalande, Château Cos d’Estournel, Château Montrose and Cheval Blanc.
Bordeaux wines taste better older. A ranking of the quality of the vintages would be 1961, 1962, 1964, 1966, and 1967.