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

  • 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

  • Château Timberlay

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

  • Lamothe

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

  • Château Lamothe de Haux

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

  • 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 Tour de Ségur

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

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Bordeaux on Snooth

  • Château du Barrailh Graves Cuvée Collection Prestige 2011

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    deep garnet red, with ripe berries and spices. great for grills and barbeques Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Chateau les Lauriers de Boyrein Graves 1999

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    I obtained this bottle of wine from the website ... south of the City of Bordeaux.Chateau Les Lauriers de Boyrein is a label used by a family company called ' Vignobles Pierre Bonnet ' based at Chateau Respide in the village of Roaillon at the southern end of the appellation not far from the town of Langon.I started my bottle last night with m... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Chateau Tour Saint Laurent Saint Emilion Grand Cru 1997

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    This bottle was part of a lot I bought on the website ... largest appellation in the Bordeaux region producing around two and a half million bottles a year. It is also one of the more prestigious Bordeaux appellations and the wines were first classified in 1954 with regular revisions since.I have not been able to find out a lot about Chateau To... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Chateau Jean de Trimoulet 2010

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    This very soft offering from Jean de Trimoulet is very Rive Droite... it is soft, with a scent of cherries and generic red fruit and a good tannic structure which imparts vanilla, toast, grassy herbs and slightly sour cherry notes on the finish. The wine is very slightly on the rustic side with a touch of woody grit, but reasonable value in St.... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Yet another example of how Italian wines--even Baroli--can provide relatively ... ... a similar lineup of 1961 Bordeaux would be going for?If I were anywhere near NYC on Nov. 1, I'd be at that dinner... Barolo + Barbaresco 19641964 is considered one of a few really great Piemonte vintages – an “Annata Eccezionale” on Renato Ratti’s seminal vin... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Though I've mentioned Jonata on and off several times this decade, ... ... team excelled with both the Bordeaux and Rhone varieties...The Todos is becoming more and more Syrah dominated and certainly is not far behind in terms of quality and is much (well, a little) more approachable on release. In short, you can’t go wrong at this estate and ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Chateau Graves de Rabion 2011

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    Rich and slightly bitter Read More

    Wine review by calywa


  • An interesting weekend - had a little gathering to send a good friend off to ... to ... didn't drink the Bordeaux - You all know Seghesio so not much explanation needed.Since rained periodically through the night we sat in my tasting room. When it wasn't we were her Read More

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


  • EM - Ridge are decent wines to be sure, but I too loved that Bedrock wine that ... time.RC - That 2010 Medoc Bordeaux would have been my choice in the above pair, but you selected the white over the red?  The Arnes must have been most excellent.  This afternoon after we returned from our yoga class, I washed and waxed our daughter's 2015 Smart... Read More

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


  • Antoine  Branco (Bernisse) Wine list to be soldWine name and vintageWine ... 1,176Bordeaux City Bond (France)Cos d'Estournel 2006 - Saint-EstèpheRed12                     129.11                         1,549Bordeaux City Bond (France)Château Léoville Poyferré 2008 - Saint-JulienRed12                       77.10                             925Bo... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Some Fine Bordeaux wine to be...


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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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