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

  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Burger Grape

  • Mission

    The Mission or Pais grape was the first Vitis vinifera vine planted in North America. From 1697 until well into the 1...

  • Merlot

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

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

  • Malesan

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

  • Château Maison Blanche

    Les terres de Maison Blanche sont foulées par l’homme depuis longtemps, fort longtemps, bien avan...

  • Alexis Lichine

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

  • Château Haute Brande

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

  • 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...

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Bordeaux on Snooth

  • Al, to the best of my knowledge, they would be considered Super Tuscans.  ... 60% Merlot, with the other Bordeaux varieties and Sangiovese.  The Crognolo is predominantly Sangiovese with a small amount of Cab Sav and Merlot.  They were about $30-35.  Many are nearer to $100. I'd be happy if Greg T stepped in and corrected m Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • Haut Coudurat Cuvee Prestige 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by CageyT


  • Last night: This is an excellent example of why anybody who likes Bordeaux Blend wines must be checking out ones from Washington.  This one is a plurality of Merlot and zero Cabernet Sauvignon. A bit of black fruit on the tongue--likely from the Merlot--but it is no fruit bomb.  Medium-bodied to my way of thinking, however, there is a late rush ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • One wonders.  Many of you would know my own particular taste, but so much ... - particularly those of the Bordeaux - will continue to change with the climate change (longer growing seasons, hotter summers, warmer, but more changeable winters and shoulder seasons).  I, lover of things Latin, may not be the best person to ask about certain aspec... Read More

    Forum post in the topic The France Show


  • Y d'Yquem 2011

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    One of the all time greats, that everyone needs to try, expensive but worth every penny. Read More

    Wine review by acakeandwine


  • We made it home safe and sound with a few less dollars in our bank account but ... next wine was their flagship Bordeaux blend called Elivette. I’ve never been a huge cab fan and haven’t taken many opportunities to taste Bordeaux type wines, having been focusing more on Burgundy and Rhone styles. After this tasting, I think I’m going to be mak... Read More

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  • Château Carbonnieux Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend Pessac-Léognan Blanc 2011

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    This intriguing, not-so-cheap Graves white from the somewhat unheralded 2011 vintage offers a nose of herbal tea - tisane with chamomile and lemon peel, perhaps, with a hint of spearmint. Very inviting. The entry is presents a pleasant hedonic hit as well with peach, sweet lemon and pear. There is some tartness, but mostly balanced, elegant an... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • 'Super Tuscan' is a loose term used to denote wines that were purposely ... Tuscans focused mostly on Bordeaux blends (Sassicaia, Tignanello and so forth). A lot of them now use more Sangiovese in various non-spec ways, with an increasingly wide range of blends. The only use of 'Tuscan' (by itself) with which I'm familiar is a generic descripti... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • So Al, nobody (including you) tried to sneak in a Bordeaux or Aussie or Chilean red? Those ringers tend to make these kinds of events even more interesting and educational.  ;-)  Am assuming, anyway, a good time was had by all. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • Château Recougne Bordeaux Supérieur 2009

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    Nice earthy, blackberry-cassis nose with a hint of caramel and a strangely acetic note. Very Bordeaux, however. On the entry, the flavours are somewhat muted and one-dimensional with a moderately short, steely (mineral-rich) finish. The wine is fully mature with only a little residual tannin. Smooth, elegant; certainly not boring... au contra... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


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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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