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...

  • Burger Grape

  • 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...

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

  • Lamothe

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

  • Château de Beauregard-Ducourt

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

  • Malesan

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

  • Château Haute Brande

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

  • Château De Seguin

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

  • Château de Parenchere

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

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Bordeaux on Snooth

  • La Cabane Aux Oiseaux Bordeaux Rosé 2014

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    Wine review by LetUsTaste


  • OT - What did you follow up with - the two mentioned are both good - inquiring ... happen - I just had a 2010 Bordeaux that was in it's dumb stage, or had died, and was basically undrinkabl Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Chateau Laroze-Bayard Montagne Saint Emilion 1998

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    This bottle was part of a lot I bought on the website ... merlot dominated right bank bordeaux blend.I started the bottle last night with my supper of lamb steaks and I did enjoy it.There is plenty of a blackcurrant and plum style fruit there and the tannins,though soft give plenty of body and structure.In short,this is a lovely example of what... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Time to turn the amp up to 11, at least for the wine hype machine, thanks to ... vintage of the century in Bordeaux, but given that he's comparing it to the 1900 (which, I hold, is actually in the 19th Century, not the 20th), this is the wine of the last two centuries.  For now, anyway.  Read More

    Forum post in the topic I'm More Than 100 Points With...


  • Château Margaux Premier Grand Cru Classe 1984

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    Wine review by eyetalian


  • Had the good fortune to attend a Masters of Wine, Syrah Panel Tasting on ... ... of the panelists.Almost a Bordeaux style nose, cedar, pencil shavings, showing clear secondary notes. 30-40% new oak.Nice concentration on entry, with just a hair of fresh oak peaking through on the mid palate. Excellent fruit profile is undeniable. Finishes full ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Masters of Wine - Syrah Panel...


  • Mauvais Garcon Bad Boy 2009

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    Slightly less than 3 years ago but still very, very good. Lovely dark berry fruit, moderate tannins with well balanced acidity, wood, mushrooms (This has developed over the last 2-3 yrs. Plenty of power through and a nice flushing aftertaste. Drink now - Paul 91 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Mauvais Garcon Bad Boy 2009

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    Wine review by Stubs66


  • Mauvais Garcon Bad Boy 2009

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    Wine review by Stubs66


  • here are some of the wine we drank Saturday night listening to some rockin' ... very, very good as was the Bordeaux. The BV represented the varietal well and was surprising and the TLV Rose was heartier that most but seemed to lack cohesio Read More

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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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