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A Bordeaux wine is any wine produced in the Bordeaux region of France which meets the French AOC standards for Bordeaux. The Bordeaux region is what is known as an appellation, and as such it is regulated by the French government's Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) system. This system closely defines which grape varieties and winemaking practices are allowed in each of France's several hundred geographically defined appellations, which can cover entire regions, individual villages or even specific vineyards. As prescribed by the AOC, a white Bordeaux wine is a blend of the grape varieties . The AOC also prescribes the percentage of each variety which are permitted. Wines not meeting the AOC requirements may not be labeled as Bordeaux wines.

A white Bordeaux "style" wine is a wine made from these Bordeaux grape-varieties but which is not produced in the Bordeaux region of France. Bordeaux "style" wines may also use percentage of these varieties that do not meet the AOC standard. So, in general you could say that white Bordeaux "style" wines are made to be similar to white Bordeaux wines, but do not meet the AOC requirements that would all them to label the wine as Bodeaux. A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.