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

  • 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...

  • Burger Grape

  • 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...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

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 de Beauregard-Ducourt

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

  • 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 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...

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Bordeaux on Snooth

  • Chateau Hanteillan 2010


    Dark color, nice cedar nose but the fruit is closed in. Hard tannin dominates. The fruit comes out with air but is never to the point where it is enough to deemed acceptable. An awkward wine that will never straighten out completely. My rating-- 83. Read More

    Wine review by 540750Zuiko 540750 Zuiko

  • Yesterday was our anniversary.  Peggy surprised me a bit when I asked her ... her ... capsule on this Bordeaux was stained.  So, we were ready for disappointment.  The cork, however, was fairly intact.  By being careful I was able to get it out in a single piece.  The wine itself was pretty good--lot's of earhiness with very little fruit.  I ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

  • Last weekend was really special.  My sister Carol and her husband Rich ... 2009 RdV Rendezvous, a 2009 Bordeaux blend from Les Gravieres (Saint Emilion appellation), and of course my remaining 2010 Silver Oak from Alexander Valley.  Sandra's birthday cake reflects just one more year until retirement.  It was pumpkin ice cream with white cake f... Read More

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  • Château du Grand Carretey Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend Sauternes 2011


    The nose has tropical botrytis notes and honey mixed with fresh semillon fruit. It is a big improvement over their 2005. It does lack acid, which is quite common with Sauternes. Very sweet but needs a bit more complexity. My rating-- 89. Enjoyable wine. Read More

    Wine review by 540750Zuiko 540750 Zuiko

  • I have also been drinking Bordeaux. I have just finished my bottle of Chateau Landat Haut-Medoc Cru Bourgeois Vieilles Vignes  of 1998 vintage. It was lovely and I did not pay much more than the previous poster Read More

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  • Chateau Landat Haut-Medoc Cru Bourgeois Vieilles Vignes 1998


    I bought this bottle of wine from a wine merchant in Sussex for £12.Haut-Medoc ... miles north from the city of Bordeaux It is an 'umbrella' AOC because it includes several smaller but more prestigious appellations such as Margaux ,St Julien and St Estephe.Winemaking really got started here at the end of the 17th century when Dutch engineers dr... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • We picked up a few bottles of a Bordeaux wine in a wine shop this afternoon after enjoying a nice lunch in a French restaurant (Bistro ViVant in McLean, VA).  It was only about $10 per bottle and yes, it's worth about that but not much more.  For lunch though I did enjoy a nice French Syrah. Read More

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  • Château Picampeau Red Bordeaux Blend Lussac-St. Émilion 2005


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    Wine review by SCM42

  • Yep. Although some of that Bordeaux that's pretty cheap deserves to be out of business too! Bottom line is that there's a lot of good wine in the world these days and between $15 and $25 you can do really well. Between $10 and $15 it's harder, but still possible, as long as you look for discounts.Big Cabs from CA? Nope. But if you're stuck with ... Read More

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  • Bottom line, look elsewhere for cabs at that price. Without having tasted every ... ... I'd rather have some Bordeaux outliers or Aussie options or certain Italian super-Tuscans. Unfortunately Chono went haywire, but maybe even a Chilean, though lots of chaff compared to wheat there still.  Let K&L and others go to town. Anything that lowers CA... Read More

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  • 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 ...

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  • 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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