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

  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

  • Mission

    The Mission or Pais grape was the first Vitis vinifera vine planted in North America. From 1697 until well into the 1...

  • 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...

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

  • 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...

  • Sauternes

      Sauternes is a region in the Graves part of Bordeaux, south of the Garonne river which is ...

  • 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

  • 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...

  • Alexis Lichine

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

  • Château De Seguin

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

  • Château Timberlay

    Château Timberlay (appellation Bordeaux Supérieur) is located in Saint-Andre-de-Cubzac. It symbol...

  • Château Grand-Jean

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

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Bordeaux on Snooth

  • Chateau Lamartine Cotes de Castillon 2004

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £7 from the website ... on the right bank of the Bordeaux region about 30 miles east of the City of Bordeaux itself close to the more prestigious Saint Emilon appellation.In 2009 it became a part of the new Cotes de Bordeaux appellation..My bottle is from a small family concern and consists of 80% merlot,10% cab... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Chateau Amour 2010

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    16.5 Jancis Robinson - 89/100 Wine Enthusiast- Golden medal Gilbert & Gaillard ... ... Decanter - Silver medal Bordeaux Competition.. Read More

    Wine review by dwl France


  • Chateau Belvue Bordeaux France 'Cuvee L' Emotion' 2015

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    while I am torn as to when one should use stainless steel vating V/S the Oak, in this case it would not have mattered as the cab-sab/malbec overwhelmed the merlot/cab franc. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Château Haut-Bergeron Sauternes 2001

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Well the Dirty and Rowdy night didn't happen - been really sick with an ... wasn't a great year in Bordeaux, but this was one that rose up and it showed.  Dark berry fruits on entry and the nose followed nicely - oak, vanilla from oak, tomato leaf and mild tannins and good acidity lead me to think that if this a bad year, what would a good yea... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines - Post Pictures...


  • Chateau Bois-Martin Pessac-Leognan 2005

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £10 from the website ... southern part of the City of Bordeaux My bottle comes from a small 10 hectare property which became a part of the Bernard Magrez empire in 2017 and consists of 65% cabernet sauvignon and 35% merlot.I started the bottle last night with my supper of roast pork.There is plenty of fresh blac... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Marquis de Talandier Cotes de Bordeaux 2014

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    Medium weight merlot based wine. Dark fruited though a bit shy with enough acid to made it a food wine. Light tannins on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Lindeman - good to see you're still around. I stop in irregularly these ... ... more widely planted in Bordeaux than Cab is, and if you don't know the blend, you'll never tell. And in WA and other places, there are some super tannic Merlots made. It got a bad rap because it was easy to pronounce and it was planted in many places where it neve... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Chateau Cartier Saint Emilion Grand Cru 1998

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £12 from the website www.cellartrade.co.uk.Viticulture in the Saint Emilion area goes back to at least Roman times, appellation status was awarded for red wines in 1936.and a system of classification set up in 1954..My bottle is the second wine from the Grand Cru Classe estate of Chateau Fonroque.Unlike the Grand... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Château Grand-Puy Ducasse Pauillac 1993

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £25 from the website ... miles north of the City of Bordeaux and is one of the Bordeaux region's more prestigious appellations with a total of 18 classed growths including three first growths in the famous 1855 classification.Chateau Grand Puy Ducasse was a fifth growth in that classification.My bottle consists ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • 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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