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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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 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...

  • 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

  • Malesan

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

  • Alexis Lichine

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

  • Château Lamothe de Haux

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

  • Lamothe

    We had this wine while in the Bahamas and loved it. Would like to know where we can purchase it...

  • Château Grand-Jean

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

  • Château Haute Brande

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

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Bordeaux on Snooth

  • Chateau Cantemerle Haut-Medoc 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by Stubs66


  • Chateau Micalet Cru Artisan Haut Medoc 2001

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    I bought two bottles of this wine on the website ... miles north of the City of Bordeaux.It is an umbrella appellation because it includes several smaller but more prestigious appellations such as Pauillac and Margaux. Winemaking really got started here at the end of the 17th century when Dutch engineers drained the salt marshes and it now incl... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • MJ - These are $10-$20 wines being poured at the Water Park, so nothing too ... special.  There was a Bordeaux that was all Merlot however and I did like that one.  Also, there was a Cabernet Sauvignon from Bulgaria that was decent.  I too had problems posting pictures, but trying it again worked.  It must have been a server problem with the s... Read More

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


  • So, after saying I was going to wait, I ended up going to Total Wine this ... ... Ch Brane Cantenac Margaux Bordeaux wine.  I was able to get 15% off the Barolo, making it $67.99 and I got $5.00 off the Bordeaux wine, making it $114.99 before taxes.  So I went a little over budget but I also had a $50 rebate gift card to use as a backup, bring... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Whoops, make that an 82 Talbot. It was one of the more memorable Bordeaux I've had. Insane aromatics coming out of the glass and it made a good drink too. The Cardinale I had had once before previously and like the wine both times. While in a slightly riper style I didn't think it over the top either time, though later speculated that it probabl... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Funny, I just checked my notes and found the 2001 Montrose from 2013. Did not ... ... a great, ripe bottle of Bordeaux, 2000 is singing right no Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • No reason for it to be. Why buy a lesser bottle from a lesser local vendor when ... ... price he ever sees for a Bordeaux of this caliber, too. Not the case for Barolos. Even if they are on the upswing, they are still not under the pressure that classified Bordeaux at the top level are. A bottle to grab now rather than regret having missed late Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Regardless of the Barolo's style, you'll get more of its potential out ... ... out of of a 15-year-old Bordeaux or CA cab than you will out of any serious four or five year old Nebbiolo from the Piedmont. Plus if you insist on drinking 3 to 4 year old wines, how will your palate have a chance to evolve? Decanting is not the be all and end all... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • RC - According to the link I provided, the Bordeaux is still in it's early stages and should be drinking well into at least 2020, maybe 2025.  I would wait another two years and give it a taste.EM - I love that statement, "This wine will be fine".  I can say that about most of the wines I drink.Tonight was my first Wine in the Water Park event o... Read More

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


  • Chateau Turcaud Entre Deux Mers Blanc 2014

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    A white that I want to try again, so that is something nice. Read More

    Wine review by anstett


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  • Are wine classifications different in Burgundy and Bordeaux?

    Comment by 602165stephie12888 602165 stephie12888


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

    Comment by 530532Ryma 530532 Ryma


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