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

  • Merlot

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

  • Burger Grape

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

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...

  • Château Timberlay

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

  • Château Lamothe de Haux

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

  • Alexis Lichine

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

  • Château de Beauregard-Ducourt

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

  • Château de Parenchere

    Situated in the eastern edge of the Bordeaux wine growing area, the Château de Parenchère vineyar...

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Bordeaux on Snooth

  • I had an unusual wine last night. It was a ' Les Hauts de Median Petit ... ... as a blending grape in the Bordeaux region but this is a 100% version from an estate about 5 miles east of Beziers in Languedoc. There is pl;enty of a blackcurrant and redcurrant style fruit but the overiding impresion is the  spice and floral [violet] notes especia... Read More

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  • Larrivet Haut Brion 2015

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    Wine review by gntop1


  • Paul just noticed your bottle of L’Ecole I still have 2 bottles of their ... ... voted the best “Bordeaux “ under I believe $60 of the year. It seems we drink a lot of the same wine Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Holy crap Emark!!!!! That's some seriously embarrassing s**t!  ... ... the wines of the Rhone and Bordeaux.And speaking of Bordeaux, look at the rules when both the Romans and the English ruled the area - usually they allowed unimpeded passage of wine in a kind of free-trade zone. Again, wine wasn't necessarily singled out, but there were trad... Read More

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  • Château Desmirail Margaux 1998

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £23 from the website ... miles north of the City of Bordeaux. It is the home of 21 Cru Classe in the 1855 classification and Chateau Desmirail was a third growth in that classification.My bottle consists of 70% cabernet sauvignon,29% merlot and 1% petit verdot and was aged in oak barrels. I started my bottle las... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Chateau Moulinet Pomerol 2005

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £26 from the www.cellartrade.co.uk ... on ... ... on the right bank in the Bordeaux region.The commune is only about 3 square miles and has only 800 hectares under vine so it is one of the smaller Bordeaux appellations.Chateau Moulinet,now owned by the Mouix family,is a well established producer here.The wine i... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Chateau Haut-Piquat Lussac Saint-Emilion 2011

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Eric Guido was just in Bordeaux for two weeks. I’d reach out to him. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Help with Chateau Lafite and...


  • Hello friends!! I feel bad asking for help, as I know I owe some wine travel ... I am going to Bordeaux (finally!). I will be by myself for 2.5 of the 4.5 days and I will not be driving. In fact, there are a few wineries reachable by foot from Pauillac Station! And I intend to find a taxi/uber solution for the restI do need help to score a time... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Help with Chateau Lafite and...


  • Chateau la Louviere Pessac-Leognan 2014

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    I bought this botte of wine from the website ... southern part of the City of Bordeaux.Chateau la Louviere is a well established producer here and is owned by Andre Lurton who played a leading role in establishing the new appellation.My bottle consists of 70% cabernet sauvignon and 30% merlot and the wine spent 12 months in oak barrels. I start... 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...

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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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