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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Château Timberlay

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

  • Château De Seguin

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

  • Château Lamothe de Haux

    Château Lamothe has belonged to the family since 1956. Château Sauvage was added in 1978 and Chât...

  • Château Grand-Jean

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

  • Château Maison Blanche

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

  • Château de Beauregard-Ducourt

    Everything started in 1858 in a small town in the " Entre-Deux-Mers " region… At this time the Du...

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Bordeaux on Snooth

  • Chateau Rahoul 2012


    This is a delicious Merlot-based Graves that is ready right now; graphite and cherry greet the nose, and the entry is dominated by Merlot-typical cherry and some residual tannin/lignin. Finish is smooth and fruity - though not nearly so dense as the 2010 or 2009 (as expected). Good value. A bit underrated, methinks. 88 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Chateau Paillet-Quancard 2010


    Ready to roar now, this 2010 Cadillac red is full of tobacco, red licorice whip, and raspberry on the nose. There is a lot of ripe fruit on entry with a touch of evanescent tannin; some evidence of Cabernet in a hint of cassis. Smooth and at its peak now for most enjoyable drinking. Excellent value. Here in Coquitlam BC a palette of 35 cases... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • So it's Wednesday, and by jove it's the last day of September.  I ... ... La Fleur Peyrabon Grand Bordeaux to be exact.  As they say, the selection of this wine is a 'no brainer'.  Most excellent and I recommend it to all of yo Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines

  • So D - the function is an interesting topic. In fact, it could be an ... ... France, and in particular Bordeaux, was it. Some of those wines were bretty and flawed and I'm sure plenty were corked as well. But I wasn't around and drinking wine then, so who knows.I think the main purpose of the tastevin was to give them a visual sense - was the ... Read More

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  • Château Haut-Batailley Red Bordeaux Blend Pauillac 2006


    This 2006 Pauillac was cellared prudently for 6 years, and appears to have peaked. The colour has become brick red, with a scent redolent of cranberry, blackberry confit and a hint of spicy cedar. On the palate, there is a bit of vanilla overlay and just a pleasant, faint hint of oak with cassis (current) and blackberry dominating the fruit. ... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Chateau Labadie Cru Bourgeois Medoc 2010


    This nicely behaved Medoc emits some nice blackberry (cassis), black cherry and some cedar bark on the nose, and the colour is deepest red - almost sanguine. Some vanilla notes with a hint of tannin as the wine finishes quite smoothly with slightly wood-laden blackberry. You can keep for several years, but drinking fine now. Decent value. 88 p... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Château Ferrière Red Bordeaux Blend Margaux 2005


    cassis, cedar, violet on the nose. More concentrated on the palate,Well balanced. Solidly integrated and ready for consumption. Plenty of fruit on the nose and on the palate. Finish was quite long and pleasant. Read More

    Wine review by DASAA

  • Chateau Tour Bayard Montagne St -Emilion 2010


    This satellite Saint Emilion appellation (Montagne-Saint-Emilion) is usually of consistently good quality, and Tour Bayard is no exception: on the nose, there are cherry-cola notes and a whiff of fresh steel with red licorice. The entry is slightly warm (alcoholic) with healthy tannins on the inside of the mouth. The wine is quite dense with a... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Jonathan Maltus Labrie Blanc Sec 2014


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    Wine review by LetUsTaste

  • Chateau la Rame Bordeaux 2012


    good, bordering on jammy, big fruit, yet dry Read More

    Wine review by fourthfromleft

  • 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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  • 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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