Ask the Winemaker - Bordeaux vs. Rhone Blends?

Ask the Winemaker - Bordeaux vs. Rhone Blends?

Q: What’s the difference between Bordeaux and Rhone style blends?

A: We get this question a lot at Burnt Bridge Cellars because we make (and love!) both. And our blends tend to be some of our most popular wines. At Burnt Bridge, Pont Brûlé is our Rhone style blend and Blend X is our Bordeaux style. I like to say “style” because the only way to make a “true” Bordeaux or Rhone blend is to get the grapes from France and make it in France. And while we like those wines, we are happy to be making wine right here in Washington state. To me,  the cool thing is that we can make some pretty amazing wines with local grapes that rival those in France. Plus, we’re not constrained by a lot of archaic French restrictions on what can be planted where, and what can be blended with what. We are free, as American winemakers, to explore different combinations of grapes in our wines, from vineyards in different parts of the state. In France, this sort of experimentation is prohibited. (This may be a topic for another blog post…)

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