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

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

  • Burger Grape

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 an appellation created in 1938,although there has been viticulture here...

  • 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 Peyredoulle

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

  • Château Haute Brande

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

  • 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...

  • Château Maison Blanche

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

  • Lamothe

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

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Bordeaux on Snooth

  • Latour Martillac Blanc 2014

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    The 2014 Latour-Martillac has a nose of cake spice and lemon oil with a hint of grassy mint. On entry, we have a deep, spicy herbaceous kind of fruit - like wild gooseberry, perhaps. The length is quite substantial, with some heat on the finish. A very good wine if perhaps a bit acidic (good with food, though). 90. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Château Lanessan 2015

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    Translucent dark ruby in the glass. Dark fruit and a touch of leather on the nose. First sip gives some dark fruit then red fruit and tart acidity. A bit flat mid palate with only some slight drying on the finish. I carried this over to my supper and the fruit really popped with Greek salad. This is clearly a food wine and a bit young at that. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Château Lynch-Bages Red Bordeaux Blend Pauillac 1996

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    Terrific red plum color in the glass. Some olive hint in the nose. Very good on the tongue. Just the slightest suggestion of black fruit. Then less fruity things--a bit of leather, some dustiness. Completely resolved tannins. Minimal acid. Fairly short finish, This one, while quite enjoyable, might be a bit past its peak. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Château Haut-Bailly Pessac-Léognan Bordeaux 2006

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    Nose of sour blackberry; no oak, but some cedar notes. Entry has fine tannin mid-palate, with Himalayan Blackberry flavours galore. Some pencil lead on the finish (a good thing). Elegant and firm. Better, in fact, than expected. Finish is long and satisfying; a wine for the person of form, perhaps a bit less of substance, this being an "ordinary... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Château Batailley Pauillac 5ème Cru Classé Pauillac 1998

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £40 from the website ... miles north of the City of Bordeaux and is one of the Bordeaux region's more prestigious appellations with 18 classed growths in the 1855 classification including three first growths Chateau Batailley was a fifth growth in that classification.It consists of 70% cabernet sauvignon,25% mer... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Château la Pointe Red Bordeaux Blend Pomerol 2014

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    I bought this bottle of wine for 26 euros on my last visit to Calais.The ... ... ... on the right bank of the Bordeaux region.The commune is only about three square miles so it is one of the smaller Bordeaux appellations.Chateau la Pointe is a well known producer here.The 2014 vintage consists of 82% merlot and 18% cabernet franc and spent 18... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Chateau Puy Blanquet 2015

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    Tasted 27th December 2018. The wine has a weak nose of cherries and vanilla, while the entry is of middling strength regarding these two flavour components - with noticeable bitterness and oak. Not much fruit for the vintage and somewhat disappointing compared to the 2014. 86. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Margaux Château Giscours 3ème Grand Cru Classe

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    Wonderful but not for the price. Dry. Read More

    Wine review by BeautifulCalamity


  • Chateau Moly Puisseguin Saint Emilion 2016

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Chateau le Mjanor Lalande de Pomerol Cuvee Prestige 2015

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    A very smooth consistent pleasant wine and a great buy. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • 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

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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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