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

  • 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...

  • Sémillon

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

  • Merlot

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

  • 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

  • Château Haute Brande

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

  • Château de Parenchere

    Situated in the eastern edge of the Bordeaux wine growing area, the Château de Parenchère vineyar...

  • 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 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

  • Château Capbern-Gasqueton Red Bordeaux Blend St. Estèphe 2010

    Snoothrank:

    The 2010 Capbern-Gasqueton (with a very famous neighbour) is a very worthy ... ... worthy ... the nose is very Bordeaux with a cedar shavings, cherry and blackberry nose.Drinking very well just now, this wine will last at least another decade; with a wonderfully inky Cabernet Sauvignon flavour profile... fir needles and blackberry. A fine win... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • L'Angelot de Seguin Pessac-Leognan 2013

    Snoothrank:

    I bought this bottle of wine for £10 from the website ... southern part of the City of Bordeaux.L'Angelot de Seguin is a second wine at Chateau Seguin and is made from the younger vines and consists of a 50/50 blend of merlot and cabernet sauvignon.I started the bottle last night with my chicken supper.There is some intense blackberry,blackcurr... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Chateau Kirwan 3ème Grand Cru Classé Rosso Chateau Kirwan 2005

    Snoothrank:

    The 2005 Kirwan has been sitting for about 9 years in my cellar, but with a possible move pending, she must be consumed. Colour is excellent; and the bouquet is filled with cedar plank, sweet (Kirsch) cherry and just a hint of white pepper and chlorine. On the palate, the dominant flavour is cherry with white pepper, vanilla and a hint of Frenc... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • JAMES - Good to hear from you again and your honesty is appreciated and ... ... imprints are available from Bordeaux to Cali to Oz.....Good - I'll be interested in reading your posts on your journey - your recommendations will be appreciated.&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Diet Change with Wine questions


  • Chateau la Perriere la Source Lussac Saint-Emilion 2012

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    I bought this bottle of wine from the website www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/108464 for £10. Lussac Saint Emilion is one of the four 'satelite' Saint Emilion appellations. 'La Source' is one of the three Lussac Saint Emilion cuvees made by the small concern of Chateau La Rose Perriere. It consists of 75% merlot and 25% cabernet franc.50% wa... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • One thing about the old Barolos that Chambers sells:  Go back far enough ... ... some pre-arrival '15 Bordeaux a while back, mostly as potential birth year bottles for my grand nephew, based mostly on vintage reports and early tastings by critics.  Word is pricing will be much higher on 2016, supposed to be at least as good or better than '15,... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • This is a drive-by, so sorry for the lack of detail. Interesting afternoon ... ... ... sauvignon blanc from Bordeaux (didn't say but my guess Entres-Deux-Mers), then matched four northern Italian chards (Alto Adige plus Piemonte) against a couple of Chablis. 100% vote for the Chablis, though one of the Piemonte chards was quite good. The spar... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Potensac 2005

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    The wine is a deep, inky purple at the center, with bright ruby along the edges. The nose presents aromas of leather, tar, blackberry and kirsch with just the faintest floral overtones. The taste brings out the gravelly clay soils of the Garonne, but the fruit is still a major player with flavors of black cherry and plum, but the star is the m... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Château de Pitray Red Bordeaux Blend Côtes de Castillon 2012

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    The wine is a nice deep ruby color in the glass, classic coloring for the blend. The nose presents aromas of leather, oak and a bit of dusty limestone over a hint of green grass and mint. The taste is somewhat fruit forward with a rush of blackberry and currant up front that transitions nicely to some mineral notes midpalate. The finish is sm... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Just received some early '14 Bordeaux's.  A couple to stash for a few months and a couple of early drinkers:The Graves (X4) and D'Arce (X2) are early drinkers and the Lillian Ladouys (X3) and the Dreyem Valentin (X2) will sit for a few months.  Expect to purchase more of the Ladouys and if the dr Lindiras Graves is as good I hope it is, more of ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


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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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