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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

  • 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

  • Malesan

    Malesan is a company based on the Bordeaux Left Bank, selling quality wines that meet the criteri...

  • Château Grand-Jean

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

  • Château Lamothe de Haux

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

  • Lamothe

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

  • Alexis Lichine

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

  • 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

  • RBA, looks like a great trip, glad to see you're not wasting any time! By ... ... It's a 2003 Napa red bordeaux blend and has the initials A.P. in the upper right of the front label. The back label says that the design on the label is a linocut by Henry Evans, drawn in the vineyard of his friend Ernest Peninou. I can't find anything about six ... Read More

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  • The Barnett Pinot Noir was the best wine of the night, as agreed to by all. ... very good too, almost like a Bordeaux blend.  However, that Pinot Noir was very, very tasty.  I like the Beringer Knight's Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.  I know its a rather cheap cab but for the money it is good enough for me.  I think it was only around $25 a bottle... Read More

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  • Château Patris Red Bordeaux Blend St. Émilion Grand Cru 2010


    The 2010 Patris has a deep, rich cherry flan nose with cedar plank and certain ripe cigar tobacco added to the mix. The kirsch-like flavor on entry is guided by a medium strength tannin that allows for further aging... athough, if this little bit of mouth pucker does not detract, the power of this wine is evident and pleasant in its long finish.... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • I had an old bottle of Bordeaux I bought on the website a Chateau Haut-Marbuzet 2001 from Saint-Estephe. It was a lovely bottle that did not show its age at all and went well with my roast chicken. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

  • Chateau Haut-Marbuzet St. Estephe 2001


    I bought this bottle of wine as part of a lot from the website Saint-Estephe is an AOC in the north of the Medoc peninsular that was created in n1936 although viticulture in the area goes back centuries.Chateau Haut-Marbuzet is a Cru Bourgeois estate with a high reputation. My bottle is made from 50% cab... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • The wine can't be sold with a vintage date because of EU rules. I'm not ... ... - Grenache, Syrah, some Bordeaux varieties, alc 14.5F3 - : Syrah, Merlot, Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, alc 15.0&nbs Read More

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  • Our list is comprised of 80% Italy and 20% California/Washington.However we DO" Cork Bordeaux. 5th growth to best vintage comp., if kept best. I assure.My Best Bordeaux labels: personal.Cos D' EstronelBaron PichonComtess de LalandLeoville Las CasesCheval BlancBlye, Bourge and Castillion. (I like Cab/Cab Franc and Merlot in Bordeaux.) Obviously..... Read More

    Forum post in the topic High End Cabernet Sauvignon

  • The '90s Margaux (which I don't currently have) and '98 Latour ... ... both seriously interesting Bordeaux first growths. The Latour likely won't be ready to drink for another decade, but not so for the Margaux, and it should be drinking well right now.What kind of a price are you asking? And do you have any documentation to back up your story... Read More

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  • Chateau les Grands Thibauds Bordeaux


    Weird wine. When I first opened it, it tasted overwhelmingly like raw bread dough. Very strange. I thought it was bad, but tried it the next day before I went to throw it out. It had completely changed. It was quite delicious actually. Read More

    Wine review by calywa

  • Chateau les Sapins de Gaillou 2012


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    Wine review by calywa

  • 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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