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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 an appellation created in 1936 for red and rose wines from 7 communes a...

  • Graves

    Graves Graves is an appellation created in 1937 for red and white wines from 44 communes s...

  • 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

      Geographically the Medoc is the entire peninsular north of the City of Bordeaux but the ap...

  • Pauillac

    Pauillac Pauillac is a Bordeaux appellation created in 1936,although there has been viticu...

  • Pomerol

      Pomerol is an appellation created in 1936,although wine making here goes back to at least ...

  • 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 an appellation created in 1936,although there has been viticulture here for c...

  • 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

  • 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...

  • Château Maison Blanche

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

  • Château Grand-Jean

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

  • Château de Beauregard-Ducourt

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

  • Château Franc Cardinal

    This estate was originally owned by Jean-Louis Lacour but he sent most of his production to a n...

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Bordeaux on Snooth

  • Chateau de Grain Entre-Deux-Mers 2014

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    very dry but not to the point that the bouquet is lost. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • So on a whim we decided to visit British Columbia. But we flew up to ... The ... The region focuses on the Bordeaux varieties, which I understand because that's what people buy, but I think they could do more more diverse grapes. Many of them agree - there's interest in Tempranillo, Aglianico, Sangiovese, Zinfandel, Gamay, Cab Franc, and other... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Northwest Wineries


  • Chateau Soudars Haut-Medoc Cru Bourgeois 1995

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    I bought this bottle of wine from the website ... miles north of the City of Bordeaux itself.My bottle comes from a small family run estate and consists of 55% merlot,44% cabernet sauvignon and 1% cabernet franc and was aged in oak barrels for 12 months.I started thje bottle last night with my supper of baked chicken breast.I had some difficult... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Chateau Canteloup Premieres Cotes de Bordeaux 1995

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    I bought this bottle of wine from the website ... £4.20. Premieres Cotes de Bordeaux is an appellation for red,rose,white and sparkling wines [though 90% are red] from the east bank of the river Garonne between the City of Bordeaux and the small town of Cadillac. It became incorporated into the new Cotes de Bordeaux appellation in 2009 and red ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Chateau Saint-Andre Corbin St. Georges-St. Emilion 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Chateau Angelique de Monbousquet St. Emilion Grand Cru 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by donealrice


  • Yes indeed Emark!"Reactions (not that I'd ever ask for any actual TNs ... maturing, but not in the way Bordeaux Merlot/Cab does. Hard to explain but it reminded me of old furniture. I was interested in that because I wanted to see how it would be at the 20 year mark. I mean, people don't generally have a lot of 1999 vintage Slovenian wine. So ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What's your Choice of Wine...


  • Domaine de Chevalier Rouge 91 2013

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    The vintage was weak, and thus the intensity of the Cabernet Sauvignon backbone (so to speak) is not so prominent; but... there is an attractive - if light - nose of cassis and cedar bark, with a smooth, creamy texture upon entry. Attack is mild for the property, but fantastic for the vintage. Light, with some stem elements, but otherwise pure... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Chateau Livran Medoc Cru Bourgeois 2013

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £12 from a shop in London's Belgravia ... ... ... north of the City of Bordeaux but the appellation of that name for red wines created in 1936 only refers to the 16 communes at the northern end. The area is sometimes called the Bas-Medoc or Lower Medoc though not on wine labels.There are no classed growths her... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • My Name is Nobody. And the score was horrible. It was this lighthearted flute ... ... I think it will be a Bordeaux. We're grilling some steak so I'll dig something ou Read More

    Forum post in the topic What's your Choice of Wine...


  • 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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  • sichel ?

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