Have you ever heard someone refer to a wine as "Left Bank Bordeaux" or "Right Bank Bordeaux" and have no idea what they mean?
I have, and I had absolutely no idea what they were talking about. As far as I was concerned it was all "Bordeaux" and the good stuff had a name that I had heard like "Château Latour" or "Château Mouton Rothschild".
I'm not ashamed to admit that as soon as I started showing an interest in wine I heard those phrases all the time but couldn't figure out how to understand it. Left bank? Right Bank? Which way were they looking at the map?
I'll get into the map bit in a minute but suffice to say, I did figure it out and it's pretty simple to explain and remember.
There are a lot of differences between the two sides and it's a good idea to know so that when you're buying a bottle of Bordeaux you can at least have an idea of what should be in the bottle.