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...

  • 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...

  • Burger Grape

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 Grand-Jean

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

  • Château de Beauregard-Ducourt

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

  • Château Peyredoulle

    All of our wines come from vineyards that are farmed with a sustainable management style. This me...

  • Château de Parenchere

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

  • Château Tour de Ségur

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

  • Alexis Lichine

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

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Bordeaux on Snooth

  • Gazin Pomerol 2006

    Snoothrank:

    One can be cynical in many things, but not about Pomerol;this fine property produces a fine result for the 2006 vintage with a bouquet redolent of a bed of fir branches, cranberries, and wild (unfarmed) cherries. The entry shows the pedigree of Merlot with the panoply of red fruit and soft finish. A very fine wine 92. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • I don't know about that Fox but you're right, I was interested in the ... ... just like there are for Bordeaux or Chianti. The base used to be Kadarka, much like Merlot is the base for much Bordeaux, but after phylloxera, a few world wars, and communism, all that changed.Here’s something from a symposium in Eger about twenty years ago:"The mo... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Chteau Puygueraud Francs Cote Bordeaux 2009

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    Not a subtle wine at all. 24+ months of oak aging result in a wonderful blackberry and sweet black currant on a wave choolate, sweet dark cherries tannins and balanced acidity. This is oipulent and generous. Well done - 92 points - drink or hold - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • We make dry Riesling, Chardonnay and Gerwurztraminer. We also do a Pinot Noir ... ... style Bulls Blood, a Bordeaux red blend and an exceptional Cab Franc. This year we are doing a Georgian Saperavi and a Russian Kagor. These are all cool climate wines with rich fruit character and nice acidit Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Chateau les Abeilles Saint Georges Saint Emilion 2013

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a local supermarket where it was on special offer for £6.50. It is from the Saint Georges Saint Emilion appellation,an appellation created in 1936 for red wines from around the hamlet of that name in the commune of Montagne. It is the smallest of the four 'satelite' Saint Emilion appellations. My bottle is a sec... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Les Hauts de Canon-la-Gaffeliere 2012

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    Light cherry and mixed berry aromas. This has well developed cherry, raspberry and cranberry flavors, a savory earthy note and oak spice bringing up the rear which is dry and balanced with a fresh, lively acidity. Easy drinking and smooth. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • DV - wow!!! Just got around to opening the Church & State ... British Columbia red Bordeaux blend. Decanted for 1-2 hours. The nose is loaded with ripe plum, tar and blackberry.  Tons of ripe blackberry, black cherry and a touch of black licorice. The tannins are smooth and well integrated, there's a medium amount of acidity and a fairly long f... Read More

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  • Château Corbin Red Bordeaux Blend St. Émilion Grand Cru 2011

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    like the rich fruits balanced with spices and minerals, and a bit of mint. long finish... Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Chateau Dudon Bordeaux Rouge 2004

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    tastes pretty light for a fairly old vintage. some cherry fruits and spices, some oak. Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Chateau Croix Esperence Lussac St Emilion 2005

    Snoothrank:

    Didn't blow my socks off. Not overly tannic. Mellow and we'll aged. A bit hot on the nose. Hints of chocolate and blackcurrent but elusive. Read More

    Wine review by WillMartin


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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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