Bordeaux Wine

Located around the Gironde estuary and along the Dordogne and Garonne rivers, Bordeaux is one of France’s most important wine-producing regions. The groundwork was laid when the Dutch drained the marshes of the Medoc in the 17th century. Then climate is maritime and as humid as it was when the land was covered in marshes instead of vineyards, leading to a variety of viticultural problems, such as rot and mildew.


Bordeaux can be divided into four major regions. The Medoc is the area west of the Gironde and downstream (north) of the city of Bordeaux. It includes the major communes (roughly north to south) of St-Estephe, Pauillac, Saint-Julien, and Margaux. The “right bank” refers to the area east of the Dordogne. It includes the communes of St-Emilion and Pomerol. Graves comprises the area upstream (south) of the city of Bordeaux. The first growth Haut-Brion is located here. This area is also well-known for the sweet wines of Sauternes. Finally, the Entre-Deux-Mers is the area between Read more »

Mentor for Bordeaux Wines

Justin Christoph

I enjoy trying wines from around the world, but Bordeaux was my first love, now eclipsed by Riesling. I have worked in the wine business for 10 years, mostly auction, now importing/consulting.

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Varietals Produced in Bordeaux View all

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Burger Grape

  • Sémillon

    History of the grape: Little is documented about the early years of this grape, which is surprising due to its distin...

  • Mission

    The Mission or Pais grape was the first Vitis vinifera vine planted in North America. From 1697 until well into the 1...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

Subregions of Bordeaux

  • Fronsac

    Fronsac Fronsac is a good-sized appellation in Bordeaux, on the right bank of the Dordogne...

  • Graves

    Graves Graves is a very important part of Bordeaux, located downstream (south) of the city...

  • Graves Supérieures

    Created in 1937, the Graves Supérieures AOC produces sweet white wines in the same growing region...

  • Margaux

    Margaux Margaux is a commune in the Medoc, which is part of Bordeaux. First growth Ch. Mar...

  • Médoc

      The Medoc is probably the best-known part of Bordeaux. It is located west of the Gironde, ...

  • Pauillac

    Pauillac Pauillac is a commune in Bordeaux which is situated in the Medoc. Cabernet Sauvig...

  • Pomerol

      Pomerol is a commune on the right bank of the Dordogne, in Bordeaux. Most of the producers...

  • Sainte-Croix-du-Mont

    A small appellation located in the area around the picturesque little town of Sainte-Croix-du-Mon...

  • Saint-Emilion

    St-Emilion is a commune in Bordeaux which is located along the right (northeast) bank of the Do...

Popular Wineries in Bordeaux View all

  • Château De Seguin

    Château de Seguin in Bordeaux is part of the CHRIS-WINE Group. An indenpendent and family owned w...

  • Alexis Lichine

    Alexis Lichine was a Russian-born wine writer and entrepreneur, who made many important contrib...

  • Château Tour de Ségur

    Area : 28 hectares of red varietals Soil : Majority clay-limestone on limestone shelf with clay-s...

  • Baron Philippe De Rothschild

    Since 1933, Baron Philippe de Rothschild SA, located at Pauillac in the Médoc, has been motivated...

  • Château Haute Brande

    The château Haute-Brande has been a family property for several generations. The property was cr...

  • Château Maison Blanche

    Les terres de Maison Blanche sont foulées par l’homme depuis longtemps, fort longtemps, bien avan...

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Bordeaux on Snooth

  • Following on JD's adventures in Bordeaux, we had burgers on Monday with '05 Cuvee Divinus from Chateau Bonnet, a Lurton property.  Not at all bad, tannic enough that I think it could have gone another 5 years, easy.  Like a better version of Artemis or something, oaky but not too much, and I think the tannins were more a product of that vintage.... Read More

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  • Both Leoville and Langoa Barton are owned (and operated from the same, single ... ... Guestier, wine shippers, Bordeaux. The Straffan Estate was sold by Captain Frederick Bertram Barton ("Derick") in 1949, a father to Anthony Frederick and brother to Ronald. He lived in Blackrock, County Dublin thereafter." I'm out the door to work right now s... Read More

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  • JD, was it quality of fruit, or just zin vs. bordeaux blend? Plus '75 wasn't the greatest vintage, either. Plus it's a winery that never overpowers with fruit in the first place (though it does tend to show more fruit upfront than Langoa, and thus garner higher prices). Bummer about the decant. Almost always a mistake in such instances.Does B&G ... Read More

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  • Neighbor scored a bunch at an estate sale. 70's Bordeaux, CA, White Burg, Champers, a few Alsace, etc. Read More

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  • Chateau Clarendelle Rose Bordeaux 2012

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  • Chateau Clarendelle Rose Bordeaux 2012

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    ANSWER TO A SOMMELIER'S PRAYER !When Clarence Dillon bid for the best venerable Bordeaux wine fields "by the river" that the town of Bordeaux had turned down as a gift in 1934 because the "upkeep was too costly", and astutely closed the deal to his family's lasting advantage in 1935, he renamed the vignoble Chateau Haut-Brion, a tongue-in-cheek... Read More

    Wine review by Yossel


  • Chateau Ferrand Lartigue Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 1997

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    I bought two bottles of this wine from the website ... on the right bank in the Bordeaux region.Chateau Ferrand-Lartigue is a small [ 5 hectare ] estate funded by a Pierre Ferrand in 1993 although he sold out to the Vitis Vintage group,who also own other Bordeaux properties. The wine consists of 80% merlot and 10% each of cabernet sauvignon an... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Hahaha..Greg.  This guy isn't a putz either.  he drinks $40 BC ... BC ... this guy did say the Bordeaux was a 2009.  A decent year for most Bordeau Read More

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  • Emark - as far as whether it's a good buy or not, you should get a ride ... with and taste some of that Bordeaux. My hunch is that you'd figure it out pretty quickly after tasting whatever he could have possibly picked up at WalMart!&nbs Read More

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  • Welcome,I'm guessing that we can find you something that you'll say, ... ... probably love a 1982 Bordeaux that's been open for a while.  Or a Brunello.  Of course, you'll have to unzip the wallet a bit more than you want.Greg,A guy on my ride last night told me he'd been down in California somewhere and was at a WalMart and bought a $13 Bord... Read More

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  • I have been drinking Bordeaux wines since the 1978 vintage and had bought several highly rated 2009 and 2010 wines to hold. I decided to open several to see if they were worth holding. I was more than a bit disappointed. I did not find much in the way of fruit or body compared with past vintages, nor did I believe that there was any value in my ...

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  • I am having a Grand Vin Bordeaux tasting with these 2005 wines: Pontet Canet, Lynch Bages, Pichon Baron, Pichon Lalande, Cos d'Esttournel, Rauzan-Segla, Leoville Barton, Cannon la Gaffeliere and last a 2000 Leoville-las-cases. How much time should I allow the wines to be opened in advance prior to tasting? I will be bringing them up from my 55...

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  • chateau du bedat 2000 bordeaux how is this wine and how much does it cost

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  • A month ago, bought with my husband the Chateau Mazeris Canon Fronsac 2005 and we are crazy to find it again!!! I kept the bottle but seems useless. Anybody knows where can I get this beautiful wine. Tastes the best ever!!!! (Of course from Bordeaux)

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  • LES HAUTS DE GOELANE 1998

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  • I boughta bottle of 1998 15/16 years ago B/027130 I was lead to believe it would be matured when my daughter is 21.???????????????????? is this correct

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  • sichel ?

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