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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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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Burger Grape

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

  • Lamothe

    We had this wine while in the Bahamas and loved it. Would like to know where we can purchase it...

  • Château Maison Blanche

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

  • Château Peyredoulle

    All of our wines come from vineyards that are farmed with a sustainable management style. This me...

  • Château De Seguin

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

  • Château Haute Brande

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

  • 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

  • Another leftover auction bottle. 'Cabeca de Burro' (too much and you ... you ... heading south from Bordeaux. Rounded tannins, enough acid to maintain interest but not for long aging. Light cedarbox, even a hint of leather, a little Chinese dark spice (without the anise), with a hint of a sweet edge that keeps away the bitterness that those m... Read More

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  • Château Dutruch Grand Poujeaux Red Bordeaux Blend Moulis En Médoc 2009

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    Very good aromas of cooked blackberries, leather, and vanilla. Well balanced fruit and tannins. Strong bouquet of strawberries and smoke. Read More

    Wine review by ivine


  • Msr. Touton Sauvignon Bordeaux White Bordeaux Superior France Bordeaux Dry 2007

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    Wine review by thehaze


  • Jaillance Cuvee de l'Abbaye Brut NV

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    Wine review by Margarett


  • James it's not an elementary question. Originally oak barrels were used for ... the work of Emil Peynaud in Bordeaux and later Napa, etc.They also realized that if they used newly made barrels, they could get some flavor from the wood itself. In the old days, the barrel was solely for storage, not for flavoring.One of the easiest flavors to syn... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Unoaked vs Oaked Chardonnay


  • This late afternoon we traveled to RdV Vineyards (the only winery we belong to ... ... the wines.  This Bordeaux-style blend is different each year but it represents the best wine they can produce.  It really is an excellent wine and it commands a hefty sum when you want a bottle for yoursel Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • Clos Laborie Margaux 2001

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    This bottle was part of a lot I bought on the website www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/80826.Margaux is the largest appellation on the Medoc peninsular and a very prestigious one with 18 cru classe in the famous 1855 classification.Chateau Tayac is not one of them but is a respected cru bourgeois estate. Clos Laborie is a separate 2 hectare d... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Partage de l'Argenteyre 2010

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    A modest Medoc second wine from Begadan (Chateau l'Argenteyre) this product is typical of tje region. Cassis, cherry and roasted coffee greet the nose with the entry dominated by more red currant. Body is slightly thin with slightly coarse tannin (this is after all a second wine). not bad for the price. 86 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Last night we took our friends Beth & Greg out to dinner and a show to ... ... ... me it tasted like a fine Bordeaux wine.  It retails for about $55 to $60, so I paid a 100% mark-up at Morton' Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • "Did I destroy the wine by putting it in the fridge after it had been ... ... has become the equivalent of Bordeaux in terms of pricing. Ventoux is kind of where CdP was about thirty years ago. They use the same basic grapes and there's still a lot of old-time winemaking and some of the wines are kind of funky. They don't put the wines in nice... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • 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...

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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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