Bordeaux – Left Bank, Right Bank

By Paige Donner

For most of us wine lovers, the word Bordeaux evokes Mecca-like dreams and memories of some of the world’s best and most prestigious wines.

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For the Bordelais, there is a pronounced distinction between “Left Bank” and “Right Bank,” each with their own Bordeaux sub-cultures and each laying claim to world-renowned chateaux.  The Left Bank and its famous Médoc region boasts Mouton Rothschild, Margaux and Pichon Comtesse Lalande, while the Right Bank with its idyllic St. Emilion and Pomerol lays claim to Petrus and Cheval Blanc.

As a Californian, I thoroughly understand this West Coast/ East Coast kind of cultural divide. Californians and New Yorkers…

Chérie Du Vin

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rarely have much in common except that they both, technically, belong to the United States. But rather than try to explain what the difference between Left Bank and Right Bank Bordeaux is, I captured these two back-to-back events in photos.

Left Bank (Médoc and Haut Médoc) has the Marathon du Medoc;  

Right Bank (St. Emilion, Pomerol, Fronsac) has the Jurade Celebrations.

Well, have a look for yourself…  ♥Chérie Du Vin 

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All photos Marathon du Medoc courtesy Paige Donner and Sebastien Aubert. c. 2011 Local Food And Wine 

Eglise Monolithe, St. Emilion, Jurade 2011 - photo by Paige Donner, Local Food And Wine c.

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All photos Jurade St. Emilion 2011 by Paige Donner c. Local Food And Wine




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