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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Malesan

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

  • Château Maison Blanche

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

  • Château De Seguin

    Château de Seguin in Bordeaux is part of the CHRIS-WINE Group. An indenpendent and family owned w...

  • Château Lamothe de Haux

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

  • 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...

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Bordeaux on Snooth

  • Welcome to the Forum WW.  Of the wineries that you listed as tentative ... all produce wines from "Bordeaux grapes," you will also be able to find things like Syrah, Sangiovese, Riesling or Zinfandel at one or the other of these.  Now I'm going to share my prejudice.  Of the three, my favorite is Keenan for a couple reasons.  I like the simple... Read More

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  • Montagne Saint Emilion Mis en bouteille par GRM 2011

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    I got given this bottle of wine at Christmas by my nephew and I have no idea ... ... house operating in the Bordeaux region.The back label of the bottle tells me that it is predominantly merlot [like most right bank clarets ] although it does not give the exact cepagement. I opened the bottle last night to accompany my supper of roast lamb an... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • That's what I used to do OT! Now that I live in a place with no commerce ... ... Will be back in NYC for Bordeaux, Chianti, WS and a few other things next week though.True about putting together a dinner group quickly. I've never posted for an offline myself because I had enough friends to put together a dinner in a day, but you're right abou... Read More

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  • Chateau La Gorce 2010

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    This (very) Medoc wine has wonderfully inviting notes of cigar tobacco, cassis, cedar and blackberry; on entry there is more dominance of Cabernet Sauvignon with a thick, viscous blackberry finish. Some tannic structure for further aging, but nicely robust and rustic for early drinking. Good value. 88 points Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Château Malmaison Moulis En Médoc Baronne Nadine de Rothschild 2002

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Château Léoville Barton Red Bordeaux Blend St. Julien 2003

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    No written review

    Wine review by jamlani


  • Chateau de Rolland Sauternes 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Chateau Haut-Tayac Margaux 2010

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    Young wine. Needs to air. Read More

    Wine review by MrRiesling


  • Chateau Haut-Piquat Lussac Saint-Emilion 2009

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    I wish I would have let this stay in the bottle a few more years... Read More

    Wine review by CageyT


  • Knotty and all Paul Draper. Steele Catfish and Storybook 2003 both close 2nds. ... 2nds. ... importance vs. Bordeaux. Obviously.-- The Original pic is 18MB.  & could cover your wall.Viva Ridge Lytton Springs&nbs Read More

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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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  • 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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