Bordeaux Supérieur is a designation within the Bordeaux wine region of France that is reserved for wines produced from specific vineyards that are considered to be of higher quality than the regular Bordeaux AOC. To be able to use this designation, the wines must be made from certain grape varieties that are authorised for Bordeaux Supérieur, grown in these specific vineyards, and must meet certain quality standards set by the Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée (AOC) regulations. These standards include higher minimum alcohol levels and longer ageing requirements than regular Bordeaux AOC wines.
Bordeaux Supérieur wines are typically made from a blend of grape varieties, such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot. These wines are known for their rich, complex flavours and ageing potential. They are typically aged for several years in oak barrels before being released, which gives them a characteristic woody, tannic taste. Bordeaux Supérieur wines can be found in both red and white styles, and are typically considered to be of higher quality and more expensive than regular Bordeaux AOC wines.