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 »

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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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Merlot

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Burger Grape

  • Mission

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

  • Sémillon

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

Subregions of Bordeaux

  • Entre-Deux-Mers

      The region’s name, which means “between two seas,” refers to its location between the Dord...

  • 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 Bordeaux appellation created in 1936,although there has been viticu...

  • 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...

  • Sauternes

      Sauternes is a region in the Graves part of Bordeaux, south of the Garonne river which is ...

  • Barsac

    Barsac is a Bordelais commune devoted to the creation of botrytized dessert wines like those of...

  • Blaye

      The Côtes de Bordeaux Blaye is a catch-all appellation in the Bordeaux region of France th...

  • Bordeaux AOC

      Bordeaux Controlée, a.k.a. Bordeaux AOC, is an appellation covering wines produced all ove...

Popular Wineries in Bordeaux View all

  • Château Grand-Jean

    The DULON family have been wine-makers from father to son for more than 250 years, although there...

  • Alexis Lichine

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

  • Château Timberlay

    Château Timberlay (appellation Bordeaux Supérieur) is located in Saint-Andre-de-Cubzac. It symbol...

  • Château Haute Brande

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

  • Château Franc Cardinal

    This estate was originally owned by Jean-Louis Lacour but he sent most of his production to a n...

  • Château Tour de Ségur

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

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Bordeaux on Snooth

  • Chateau Bonnet Bordeaux Rouge 2014

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    The Bonnet Rouge (Lurton stable, as Hugh Johnson might put it) is a very decent, mass produced Bordeaux A. C. - there is spicy blackberry and perhaps sweet plum on the nose, and following entry, the wine has sweet cherry, cedar plank and mild lignin (oak). Rich and quite satisfying for regular A. C. - one of the best for the price, methinks. Ig... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Chateau la Pervenche Lalande de Pomerol 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Like the above I drink reds 90%of the time, my decision is usually based on ... on ... Rhône’s ,Bordeaux average price $ Read More

    Forum post in the topic What's your Every Day Wine?


  • Albarino is indeed a very nice white with a peach or perhaps apricot aroma - ... to my mind more like white Bordeaux - but not, of course, with the same flavour or scent profile... those are completely different.  I also know that this grape goes into a  lot of Portuguese Vinho Verde, and that could be a good thing too.A nice choice.  I may pl... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What's your Choice of Wine...


  • I'd have to admit that I don't really have an everyday wine as such - ... Pinot Noir or any number of Bordeaux A. C. such as Chateau Bonnet, Pey la Tour (reserve, non reserve), or La Gorc Read More

    Forum post in the topic What's your Every Day Wine?


  • Don't be shy now... I don't always drink classified growths, the best ... (but modestly priced) A. C. Bordeaux will do nicely for me... even a Prosecco over something more dignified like Veuve Clicquot. How about yo Read More

    Forum post in the topic What's your Every Day Wine?


  • About 3 cases of 2015 Bordeaux of varying provenance within the district.  I happen to be a fan of white Bordeaux as well, and you can assume about a case of that divine liquid in this mix.  I have been avoiding most wines above 100 dollars US because (a) they are usually, if not almost always, overhyped and over-scored - as well as sold too soo... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • I have just finished a bottle of Chateau Jordi of the small Moulis-en-Medoc ... ... appellation in the Bordeaux region.In fact I had never heard of Chateau Jordi until I bought my two bottle.What a pleasant surpris Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Chateau Jordi Moulis-En-Medoc 1989

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    I bought two bottles of this wine for £20 from the website ... miles north of the City of Bordeaux.My bottle comes from a small [7 hectare ] family concern and consists of 73% merlot,25% cabernet sauvignon and 2% petit verdot.This is an estate of old vines,over half of them being pre-war,and where the wine spends time in oak barrels 50% new.I s... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Chateau Picard 2003

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £5 from the website ... is a Bordeaux Supeurior from Vignobles Pierre de Hontas. I have not been able to find out much about them or this particular bottle of wine.However,I started it last night with my supper of lamb chops.There was some blackcurrant and black cherry style fruit,there was some structure andthe... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • 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 ...

    Comment by 540750Zuiko 540750 Zuiko


  • 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...

    Comment by 132989mbhes 132989 mbhes


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

    Comment by 928175pork4e15 928175 pork4e15


  • 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)

    Comment by 791708MEmma 791708 MEmma


  • 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

    Comment by 738689TigZ 738689 TigZ


  • sichel ?

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