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

  • 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

  • Mission

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

  • 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...

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 Parenchere

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

  • Malesan

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

  • Château Peyredoulle

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

  • Lamothe

    We had this wine while in the Bahamas and loved it. Would like to know where we can purchase it...

  • Château Haute Brande

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

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Bordeaux on Snooth

  • Chateau Siran Margaux 2011

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    I bought this bottle of wine during my trip to Bordeaux back in May. Chateau Siran was the first chateau we were taken to on our tour of the vineyards of Bordeaux.We got to taste all of their wines and the Grande wine Chateau Siran was easily the best of the bunch so I bought myself a bottle.Margaux is an appellation created in 1938,although the... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • RC, you were not kidding then about collecting the 2014 vintage Bordeaux wine.  I hope you get some tasty ones.  I find that Bordeaux wine is one of my favorite regions, followed by other regions that also release Bordeaux-style blends (yes, even RdV in Virginia).  Last night I endured a 3-hour opera (Aida), and let me tell you, I was not that f... Read More

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  • Château Rouget Red Bordeaux Blend Pomerol 2011

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    Lengthy with good dark berry fruit, a unique spice note, mocha, sweet dark cherry tannins and good acidity. Drink or hold - 90 points - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Château Rouget Red Bordeaux Blend Pomerol 2011

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    Wine review by effell


  • Château Rouget Red Bordeaux Blend Pomerol 2011

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    Wine review by effell


  • Not me AL.  Haven't had either in years, though I saw some St. Francis ... ramping up my fill ins and Bordeaux '14 bottles. Read More

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  • Tannat's better in France, but then I think that about Cahors vs. Argentina ... ... just grown south of Bordeaux towards Spain and its limited market hasn't forced changes that might make it interesting across a wider range of producers. Always plenty of tannin. Finding the fruit and acid mix to balance that takes perseverance. The ones from U... Read More

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  • Château la Rose Beauséjour 2012

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    Nariz picante y algo agresiva. Muy austero en boca. Poco Frutal. Read More

    Wine review by effell


  • EM:  That is another Viking Ocean Cruise.  Our cruise is in the ... ... bottle of French wine (2010 Bordeaux) on my own, and had a little of the Golden-Eye Pinor Noir that I opened for Sandra.  We ate pork chops with the Pinot Noir. &nbs Read More

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  • Chateau Clos Cheval Brun Saint Emilion 1970

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    I was given this bottle of wine after a house clearance in Fulham,I thought it ... Eschenauer is a well known Bordeaux negociant house and Augustus Barnett was a chain of wine shops in England.I am presuming that the wine is a merlot dominated blend.Anyway I started it last night with my lamb stew.The colour was more pale brown than red but th... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


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  • I'm heading to Bordeax for a 4-day weekend next month... does anyone have any experience traveling the region?

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