Monday, December 31, 2012

The relative sizes of the appellations of Bordeaux

All too often people talk about the top chateaux of Bordeaux - the Crus Classés, Pomerols and a few Crus Bourgeois - as though they were synonymous with Bordeaux as a wine region. These infographics reveal just how small a part those estates really play - in terms of their size at least.

(The source figures appear below, for those who prefer their data in more traditional format)

The top 25 Bordeaux appellations (The invisibility of the smaller appellations is unavoidable)

The top 23 Bordeaux appellations (excluding Bordeaux Rouge, Bordeaux Superieur and Bordeaux Blanc). Pauillac is just above Montagne St Emilion, if you're looking for it)

ha under vine   bottles
Sauternes    1669 4300000
Puisseguin St. Emilion      745 4500000
Graves Blanc      802 4700000
St. Julien      909 4800000
Red Pessac-Léognan    1263 6000000
Lalande de Pomerol    1131 6300000
Pauillac    1209 6500000
St. Estèphe    1254 7000000
Margaux    1403 7100000
Lussac-St. Emilion    1447 8700000
Montagne St. Emilion    1590 9300000
St. Emilion    1773 10900000
Entre-Deux-Mers    1571 11800000
Graves Rouge    2568 16200000
Côtes de Castillon    3044 17500000
St. Emilion Grand Cru    3719 18100000
Premières Côtes de Bordeaux    3496 20000000
Côtes de Bourg    3951 24200000
Haut-Médoc    4600 28000000
Premières Côtes de Blaye    5773 35700000
Médoc    5300 37100000
Bordeaux Blanc    6721 45800000
Bordeaux Supérieur 11317 67000000
Red Bordeaux 41775 282300000
Source:Berry Bros & Rudd


  1. Anonymous9:38 pm

    Interesting way to compare but it doesn't seem correct. If you compare number of bottles Bordeux Rouge is 7,6 times bigger than Médoc but in the graphics it seems to be at least a 100 times bigger.

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