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

  • Burger Grape

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

  • Sémillon

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

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 Peyredoulle

    All of our wines come from vineyards that are farmed with a sustainable management style. This me...

  • Château de Beauregard-Ducourt

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

  • 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...

  • Château Lamothe de Haux

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

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Bordeaux on Snooth

  • Just received a gift from a business partner...he's a high roller in the ... ... his taste shifted toward Bordeaux (from Napa), and other French regions. However, being up in the bay area, he is also entertaining guests in Napa all the time and is subject to continue buying the wines and being overstocked on them. So what do I get as a gift th... Read More

    Forum post in the topic The Gift


  • Virginia doesn't have the climate to grow Pinot. That's why they stick with Bordeaux Varieties, Petite Manseng and other more obscure grapes that aren't grown in Cali. Not sure why they even try. Read More

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  • Maison Schroder & Schyler Saint-Emilion Private Reserve 2011

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  • OT, did you find those bugs that made their way onto your grill somewhere in ... merlot and more of the other Bordeaux varietals. Have been on their 'list' for years, but sadly haven't been purchasing much latel Read More

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  • You can find most any French grape grown somewhere in Italy,I should have known ...  I am aware that the Bordeaux grapes are getting a lot of play--esp., in Tuscany--but PN did not seem right.  Your comment rang a bell.  When GdP was educating us, OK, me, about Alto Adige a few years ago I seem to recall that a fair amount of PN is grown in tha... Read More

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  • So, Valentine's Day has arrived at last.  We went out for both lunch ... being a 100% Merlot from the Bordeaux region and I don't remember where her wine was from but it was somewhere in France.  Both were tasty, that's for sur Read More

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  • 1996 was a great vintage in Bordeaux. If you like wine at all, or spend time with other people who do, you should open one now with them, and save the other for another decade down the line.I've had '96s from Latour (and Les Forts), La Mission Haut Brion, Margaux, Mouton Rothschild and Haut Brion. For some reason not yet Lafite. They were all ab... Read More

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  • I would take up the challenge, but it is so easy to poke holes in a simple ... ... in your quality right-bank Bordeaux's or in your Rhone wines perforce makes them good for food, they're European after all...B-)But compare a weak plonkish pinot blanc to a Loire sauvignon blanc and one competes with food while the other disappears.IMH Read More

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  • Nope. When he wants an 82 Bordeaux or an older Cali Cab, he just pops over to China and picks up a few cases. They're much fresher. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Very very nice... Wanna Share??


  • Had that 1992 Hobbs last night, along with a tired 2000 Mourvedre from CA and a ... A ringer for a really good Bordeaux. Nice, still ripe, mature, resolved, from a great vintage, wish I had mor Read More

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  • Are wine classifications different in Burgundy and Bordeaux?

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  • What about Blaye ? I can't found it on "Popular subregions in Bordeaux" ! It's a great place for wine.

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