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

  • Château Haute Brande

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

  • 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...

  • Château Grand-Jean

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

  • Malesan

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

  • Baron Philippe De Rothschild

    Since 1933, Baron Philippe de Rothschild SA, located at Pauillac in the Médoc, has been motivated...

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Bordeaux on Snooth

  • Welcome,I'm guessing that we can find you something that you'll say, ... ... probably love a 1982 Bordeaux that's been open for a while.  Or a Brunello.  Of course, you'll have to unzip the wallet a bit more than you want.Greg,A guy on my ride last night told me he'd been down in California somewhere and was at a WalMart and bought a $13 Bord... Read More

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  • Chateau Tayac Cuvee Larauza Margaux 2007

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £10 from the website www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/58460 .Margaux is the largest AOC on the Medoc peninsular and the home of 18 cru classe in the famous 1855 classification although Chateau Tayac is not one of them but a Cru Bourgeois estate. There are 37 hectares and it has been owned by the Portet family ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Cheval Quancard Premieres Cotes de Bordeaux 2011

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    This wine is from Cadillac, one of the Sauternes satellites. The 2011 vintage for Sauternes is really good, so I thought I'd try one of the surrounding areas. This wine reminds me of a top flight Saint Croix du Mont. The nose is Sauternes-like but with less power and botrytis. It has a nice floral and honey nose.Needs a bit more acid. Rich in t... Read More

    Wine review by 540750Zuiko 540750 Zuiko


  • Don't know D. They bought the property in the 1970s when land in the south ... kind of funny, there's Bordeaux, Champagne, France, Spain, Chianti, Italy . . .Then the French have the subsidies and protections, courtesy of all the other taxpayers. Wasn't the entire purpose of the European Coal and Steel Community pretty much a ploy to get Germa... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Zinfandel for a Beginner


  • Yep. It would be really interesting to see some kind of notification when the ... finally the obsession with Bordeaux has faded for many people, or maybe it never even existed. There's no reason to focus on a handful of French grapes. A few years ago, people pronounced the Cal-Ital experiments dead. Why? Because a few people thought that a Neb... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Zinfandel for a Beginner


  • Thomas Barton Reserve Saint Emilion 2007

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    very good Read More

    Wine review by grosiramazonplus


  • Going to a winemakers dinner tonight downtown metro F'ville at the Wine ... 2012 'Equanimity 'Bordeaux Style Blend Chocolate Truffle Tart aka 'Love on a Fork' with local raspberriespaired with Wine Guerrilla 2010 Mounts Vineyard Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Lion Blanc Château Saint-Marc 2011

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • That's why I said above *besides* much of Bordeaux and some of Burgundy.  ;-(Subsidies are obviously real, but their workings are sometimes arcane and I personally have heard all sorts of bitching and moaning about them in several parts of France. Yet some of the craftier vintners can be seen running around with smirks on their faces as if they ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Zinfandel for a Beginner


  • D - I think you're right about labor. In fact, one reason that so much wine in Burgundy and Bordeaux is machine-harvested is the cost of labor.But don't forget that the cheap wine is not coming from Burgundy, it's coming from the Languedoc and other areas in the south and those guys are very heavily subsidized. The lifestyle of the French farmer... 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 ...

    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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