Bordeaux: A Land Time Has Definitely Not Forgotten Bordeaux is the world’s largest fine wine producing region, encompassing some 600,000 acres spread over dozens and dozens of communes, many of which produce the world’s most collectible and expensive wines. This renowned viticultural area is also the traditional home of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc, "the three musketeers" of vines responsible for nearly all the red wine of Bordeaux (the illusive Malbec and Petit Verdot still play very minor roles in the cepage at some top estates.) Bordeaux, meaning beside the waters, refers to the region’s proximity to the Atlantic Ocean and its estuary, the Gironde, for which this viticultural department (the American equivalent of county or state) is named. Bordeaux, is also at the center of the confluence of the Dordogne and Garonne Rivers which flow into the Gironde, redoubling this ancient land’s effort to live up to its name. Furthermore, it is Bordeaux’s proximity to the sea which provides a stable, moderate climate so favorable to the production of great wine. Since the first century BC, when the Romans referred to this viticultural paradise as "Biturigiaca", Bordeaux has been a source of fine wine. Known to Roman Emperors, poets and Popes, Bordeaux has enjoyed the envy of the wine producing world longer than any other wine region on earth. From Pliny to modern critics, Bordeaux wines, particularly the reds, have never gone out of favor. Although seemingly bucolic, the ancient towns and communes that comprise Bordeaux have known more than their share of turmoil. Indeed, it was Bordeaux that was at the center of the conflict between England and France during the Hundred Years War. And, throughout history, the nearly incessant hostilities and economic sanctions imposed by feuding European monarchs, has caused Bordeaux fortunes to rise and fall, though its wines have remained highly sought after commodities and prized collectibles notwithstanding. Presently, Bordeaux wines are enjoying perhaps their greatest popularity ever, sparked by peacetime stability, the world-wide demand for fine red wine and a young coterie of dedicated growers who are bent on pushing the envelope on quality. No greater evidence exists of this renaissance than the great work being done at the lesser know appellations most notably by the Milhade family at Chateau Recougne and Chateau Des Annereaux, which are located in the Bordeaux Superieur and Lalande de Pomerol appellations, respectively. Fortunately, Bordeaux is not a land that time forgot. It is alive and well in its third millennia, supplying the world with millions of bottles of top-notch red wine. Long may this "red tide" rise.