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

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Burger Grape

  • 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 de Parenchere

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

  • Château Lamothe de Haux

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

  • Château Peyredoulle

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

  • Château De Seguin

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

  • Château Grand-Jean

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

  • Alexis Lichine

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

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Bordeaux on Snooth

  • Chateau de Pic Premieres Cotes de Bordeaux Bottle 2000

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    This bottle of wine was part of a lot I bought on the website ... Premieres Cotes de Bordeaux is an appellation for red,white,rose and sparkling wines [though nearly 90% are red ] from the easst bank of the river Garonne between the City of Bordeaux and the small town of Cadillac. It became incorporated into the new Cotes de Bordeaux appellatio... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Actually, pretty much zero since the end of February.  I am trying to wind ... slightly large collection of Bordeaux and Rhone wines, so expect to see a few reviews from time to time reflecting this objective.  Most "new" purchases for me and mine are restricted to high-end BC wines (mostly Blue Mountain) plus a few white Bordeaux, and Cote d'O... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Château Fontenil Red Bordeaux Blend Fronsac 2009

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    This is the first taste for me of the 2009 Fontenil (it has been lying patiently in the cellar for about 3 years). This is a deep, Merlot-red wine with a fragrance of fine Kirsch and wet sphagnum. There is white pepper (light) with bright cherry (possibly ripe cranberry sans acidity) and racy tannin on the finish. A very fine Fronsac. 91 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Château les Rambauds Bordeaux Cuvée Vieilles Vignes 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by LetUsTaste


  • Chateau Haut Peyruguet Bordeaux Sauvignon Blanc 2014

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    Binny's 3/2016. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Really Big Al ; This just illustrates the fact that you do not have to spend a ... ... to get a good wine from Bordeaux. There are plenty of good buys in Bordeaux Superieur and the other less fashionable appellation Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Totally. I can't make any kind of a principled argument against allowing ... so amused by Burgundy and Bordeaux and Champagne. Damn I wish I could clearly identify with one side or the other like we do with politic Read More

    Forum post in the topic Dry or sweet???


  • Cheap 2012 Bordeaux wine tonight for a light dinner.  I still have a few of these left from a case I bought last year at a wine shop.  Not bad really and it was under $20 per bottle. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • We had a fun Friday evening on the 8th of April.  Started with a wine ... ... wines while I had a glass of Bordeaux wine.  Dinner included this wonderful avocado toast with pistachios on it; the hanger steak was tasty too.  I finished dinner with a grappa, while Sandra had a sherry.  Now the play was a surprise.  Initially I was getting a bit ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Funny Scutulus, I had a similar idea when I first started delving into wine ... seriously. However it was, Bordeaux first captured my imagination and at the tasting (2008 vintage Union des Grand Crus) it was a right bank (Merlot/ Cabernet Franc blend) that I liked best. Since I was drinking California wine prior to that, I remember looking to ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic scutulatus


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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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