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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Sémillon

    History of the grape: Little is documented about the early years of this grape, which is surprising due to its distin...

  • Burger Grape

  • 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...

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 Lamothe de Haux

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

  • Château Tour de Ségur

    Area : 28 hectares of red varietals Soil : Majority clay-limestone on limestone shelf with clay-s...

  • Alexis Lichine

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

  • Château Maison Blanche

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

  • Château de Beauregard-Ducourt

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

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Bordeaux on Snooth

  • Chateau Clement-Pichon Haut-Medoc 1999

    Snoothrank:

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

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Now back to our regularly scheduled programming:Opened our SS gift this evening ... easily stand up to many CA bordeaux blends.We've done a couple of wine trips throughout Virginia and this is easily the best red Virginia wine we've had.Very nice gift from RBA. We'll be looking forward to touring this winery on one of our next trips to the DC a... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Secret Santa 2014 Reveal Day...


  • Chateau Belair St. Emilion Grand Cru Classe 2005

    Snoothrank:

    This classic Grand Cru opens up well with a beautiful, sparkling cherry red colour and an omnipresent nose of cranberry, cedar and sweet cherry. Entry carries a slightly sweet cherry pie plus earthy notes which finish medium on the palate. Truly delicious and perfect now - although one could hold for 2-3 more years on account of some lingering ... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Jonathan Maltus Garagiste 2012

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    A Naked Wine Selection and a very nice one at that. Opens with ripe plum, cherry jam, and earth & wood, that become more intense with a few swirls of the glass. Medium acidity and tannins and great round mouthfeel. Continues to develop more over time with added bits of spice and green peppercorn. A pleasant, well rounded softness and balance to ... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Geeze Greg, you probably scared him off now!  Just when I was going to ask ... him to pop open some of his Bordeaux.&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Expiration of Wines


  • Chateau le Ferreau Belair Cotes de Bourg 2010

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in London's Kensington [www.thesampler.co.uk ]Cotes de Bourg is an AOC created in 1936 although there is a record of winemaking in the area as long ago as the 2nd century AD, from a large area of 15 communes around the small town of Bourg-sur-Gironde.This is located on the east or right bank of the Dordog... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Guilty as charged, I guess.  Not that I'm the first:  Didn't ... ... I departed from my Bordeaux-with-burgers regimen because I really wanted to open this and we got back with no better plan than burgers, but that's the beauty of Syrah--it pairs with anything meaty and dripping with blood.  Yum.  Thanks, Lucha (no one confirmed or denied that... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Secret Santa 2014 Reveal Day...


  • I don't know where people get those descriptions VV! Don't worry, you ... ... influences in Rioja and Bordeaux and the Loire were rained out that year. The Tondonia vineyard is protected by the mountains, but the region was still affected. 2001 was a great year but the lack of rain put the vines at a disadvantage the next year. then it was pr... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Mature Wines


  • Jonathan Maltus le Lastau Saint Emilion 2012

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    A Naked Wines selection and unfortunately, as tasted, an overpriced stinker. Decanted this and allowed it to sit for a while. Opens with dusty ripe Cherry & Strawberry on the nose, tasting - very dry, acidic, and tannic, long mineral plum boysenberry finish. While the fullness of the nose promised something, in the mouth, it is surprisingly wea... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Château les Ormes de Pez Red Bordeaux Blend St. Estèphe 2008

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    Süsser schwarzer Frucht may well describe the nose,but I would say that sweet red fruit is equally present. The entry is very St. Estèphe, however, with medicinal herb, earth and cranberry (acid). This wine is typical for the region in my experience with residual tannin to age a bit further. Great with food. 89 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • 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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