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

  • Alexis Lichine

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

  • Château Haute Brande

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

  • Malesan

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

  • Château Tour de Ségur

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

  • Château Lamothe de Haux

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

  • Château De Seguin

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

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Bordeaux on Snooth

  • Louis Martini (Sonoma) cab, circa 1990. Approx. $7.00. Well structured, not too ... respected the best of what Bordeaux aims for but also could take advantage of good, cheap (in the day) Sonoma fruit and wanted to get good quality out at reasonable price. Alcohol usually below 13%. Well distributed (could find in most liquor stores of the day, ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Your fave Cab under $20?!


  • Imagine France without wine. Bizarre, non? Wine is so associated with French ... ... recently reported from Bordeaux, the proposed law—pushed for by the National Association for the Prevention of Alcoholism and Addiction (ANPAA)—is being touted as a public health measure. Sin taxes on wine would rise, and warning-label language would change, ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Vilifying wine


  • They work fine for me. These people are internet challenged. It's about ... wobbly. A cardiologist from Bordeaux “finds” that Cab-Sauvs from (where else?) Bordeaux are the healthiest in the world. More Danes find out that wine can cut stroke risk by 30 percent, but also noted that people who drink wine tend to just eat more healthily in genera... Read More

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  • Chateau Greysac 2010

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    The nose is classic Medoc with blackberry and elements of Kirsch with a dollop of coffee. Entry is once again brambleberry and cherry with a little bitter coffee on the finish which is medium length. Tannins present, good acidity for a few years cellaring. Value. 88 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • No, question about it, Duncan, that bottle was poorly stored.  I mentioned ... was 6 years older than the Bordeaux, and I'll bet any amount of money that when it was purchased it went on the window sill right next to the Zin.  No big deal.  I stopped it and put it in the cupboard.  With luck in the next few weeks we'll buy a hunk-o-beef, and I'... Read More

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  • I am surprised that EMARK did not like the Mouton Cadet.I have not seen it in ... it one of the better plain Bordeaux AOC's almost on a par with the Dourthe No 1.Perhaps your bottle was badly stored? Meanwhile I have just finished a bottle of Rene Rostaing Cote-Rorie for which I have written up a review. It was lovely by the w Read More

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  • Jon, two more estate sale wines from b-i-l.  I don't have much hope, ... tasted awful.The cork on the Bordeaux also broke (with an Ah-So), but the color in the glass was a bit better--brown tinges, but still mostly red.  The mouth test was better than the Zin--somewhat oxidized and pretty tart.  At least it didn't make me gag.  This one is a d... Read More

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  • Domaine de l'Etoile 2009

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    it is the best wine yet!!! I'm sad that I can't find it in the stores!!!!! I hope they bring it back to the stores soon! Nothing can compare to this wine!!!! Read More

    Wine review by smilesnlaughs


  • Tonight I'm back to opening another bottle from that case we purchased on ... Such a tasty Bordeaux blend for just $12 a bottle!  Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Rudy was more creatively specialized. Chinese Bordeaux scams were a bubble industry. The Brunello scam is a side dish. Meat and potatoes of the fake wine industry are even a bit more plebeian, finessing AOC, DOC, etc. requirements across broader ranges of less-high-profile denominations. Large volume business with often lesser risk. Huge amounts... 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...

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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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  • sichel ?

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