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

  • 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 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

  • 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 Grand-Jean

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

  • Château Lamothe de Haux

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

  • Château Franc Cardinal

    This estate was originally owned by Jean-Louis Lacour but he sent most of his production to a n...

  • 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

  • OT has a good point - alcohol levels have risen over the past few decades, but ... from France, particularly Bordeaux and Burgundy, because they need to turn out product every year and couldn't rely on sunny weather like they can in much of CA, which is approximately the size of France. So it's as accurate to talk about "California" wine as it... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Alcohol Levels in Californian...


  • Alan, you appear to be working on an interesting project, and you have posed an ... ... for red wines from the Bordeaux region of France, and, yes, they would have definitely been popular in the 1930s..The "Classified Growth" description refers to a "ranking" of Bordeaux wines that dates back to the middle of the 19th Century.  Here is a Wikip... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Historical Wine Question


  • I went to Bordeaux back in May and the owners of the chateaux we got taken to were all complaining about the frost and the lack of rainfall. Read More

    Forum post in the topic France 2016


  • So, there were no 2013 Barolo wines at my favorite wine shop this afternoon on ... a 2016 Sancerre and a 2012 Bordeaux instead, so I'm still happy. &nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic 2013 Barolos are hitting the...


  • Chateau Haut Rian Bordeaux Rose 2016

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in London's Kensington ... Haut Rian ... Haut Rian under the general Bordeaux appellation.It consists of 60% cabernet sauvignon,25% merlot and 15% cabernet franc. I started the bottle last night with my supper of fish cakes and salad.It is a dry,but not bone-dry wine with plenty of a strawberry,cranberr... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Château le Boscq Cru Bourgeois Saint-Estèphe 1990

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £10 from the website www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/119449. Saint Estephe is an appellation in the north of the Medoc peninsular that was created in 1936 although viticulture in the area goes back centuries. Chateau Le Boscq is a Cru Bourgeois estate with a long history and a high reputation that now belongs ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Somehow looks like a combo between Southern Rhone and Bordeaux and Northern Italian. Also, then, should ask where's the petit verdot and the cab franc, or the mourvedre and syrah?  Perhaps they could acknowledge their more recent California del Norte wine culture heritage and throw in some Zin as well. One wonders why they avoided Spanish (other... Read More

    Forum post in the topic And now for something...


  • Chateau Laroque Saint Emilion Grand Cru Classe 2010

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    I was given this bottle of wine and have no idea where my benefactor got it ... largest appellation in the Bordeaux region producing around two and a half million bottles a year.It is also one of the more prestigious appellations and a system of classification was first set up in 1954 with regular revisions since.My bottle comes from a large f... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Chateau l'Eglise Saget Bordeaux 2015

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    Barnyard. So few wines have that earthy flavor. Blend of merlot and cab. Smooth tannins. Moderate to long finish. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • Chateau de Ferrand St-Emilion Grand Cru 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by kimberlyaurora


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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.

    Comment by 530532Ryma 530532 Ryma


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