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...

  • 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

  • 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 de Parenchere

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

  • Château De Seguin

    Château de Seguin in Bordeaux is part of the CHRIS-WINE Group. An indenpendent and family owned w...

  • Château de Beauregard-Ducourt

    Everything started in 1858 in a small town in the " Entre-Deux-Mers " region… At this time the Du...

  • 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...

  • Château Timberlay

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

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Bordeaux on Snooth

  • Chateau Fleur Cardinale Saint Emillion Grand Cru 2009

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    Wine review by Teppo


  • An impromptu Thanksgiving hodgepodge at a friend's house tonight. Turkey ... not heard of. Followed by a Bordeaux blend from Pauillac which was also an effort by a negociant I'd never heard of. Finally a nero d'avola from Sicily. All bought by my hosts on recommendation from a sales person at the most expensive market in Japan, located in the ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Chateau Plince 2013

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    This modest Pomerol actually performed well in this much maligned vintage (2013); the nose has an attractive scent of plum and a hint of sweet cherry with a moderately tannic entry (but eminently drinkable now) and a nice cherry effect on the palate plus a little grit and wet loam. Not bad at all, if simple. The flavour profile probably reflec... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Chateau Rahoul Graves Blanc 2013

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    Call it a holdover from student days and wage slavery, but I still rejoice when a gem is found hidden away in the stacks... Chateau Rahoul (Dourthe stable) Blanc is just such a bauble...the scent evokes the Sauvignon Blanc more with gooseberry and lemon grass, with a nice acidic entry and more gooseberry, grass and green fruit on the palate. Gre... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Chateau Patache D Aux Cru Bourgeois Medoc 2011

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    Ah the french: what a wonderful Bordeaux, smooth, fresh, light on the palate yet full bodied and blended well. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Chateau Poumey Pessac-Leognan Bernard Magrey 2004

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a wine merchant in Sussex for £10. It is ... southern part of the City of Bordeaux. My bottle comes from Chateau Poumey,a small propertyy that is part of the Bernard Magrey empire. It consists of 60% cabernet sauvignon and 40% merlot and is aged in oak barrels. I started my bottle last night with my supper of ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Chateau Fourcas Dupre Listrac-Medoc 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Château Doyac Red Bordeaux Blend Haut-Médoc 2014

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    even though it's young, there is a rather rich fruity bouquet of plums and berries; slightly savoury and did not disappoint Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • That turkey is about 18 lbs, a younger bird. The big ones around here are in ... 1961 Belgium (super year for bordeaux btw). The scope on the turkey gun is to be able to take a longer shot. The birds are tough needing a pretty good shot placement to take them down.  I use no 4 shot.&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Need a wine for this birdie


  • Burg vs Bordeaux,  food always defines the winner. Read More

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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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