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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Merlot

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

  • 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

Subregions of Bordeaux

  • 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...

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 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 De Seguin

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

  • Château Maison Blanche

    Les terres de Maison Blanche sont foulées par l’homme depuis longtemps, fort longtemps, bien avan...

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Bordeaux on Snooth

  • Welcome, Ronny.A lot of people might dispute your characteriterization of a ... to the Webosphere.  A Bordeaux Blend.  Sounds great.  Sadly, not too many B.C. wines find their way to store shelves south of the border where most  out of us reside.  We do have a regular poster in B.C. who does an excellent job of reporting on the state of the lo... Read More

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  • "In addition to California examples you should be able to find Sauvignon ... and surrounding portions of Bordeaux. Those are generally good SBs, and include the best made anywhere in the world. California followed thanks to Mondavi as much as anybody else. They're more hit and miss. All the while South Africa was quietly growing and vinifying ... Read More

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  • Hey everybody - I just came back from my trip, so a quick update is in order. ... home a stash of Burgundy and Bordeaux wines. (Customs didn't bother charging me anything.) I do prefer the more full body wines over those in Burgundy, but nonetheless the trip was very enjoyable. Dijon was just beautiful. In spite of the time of the year, everyt... Read More

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  • Apropos of the comment above that "claret" was used for just about ... ... and Carignane.  No Bordeaux varietals at all.Roger Moore had no choice but to play the part of Bond with a wink and a nod to its ridiculousness as the franchise had well overstayed its time.  The movies have always been faintly ridiculous, the books less so, although t... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Claret, other historical wine...

  • Well, another weekend is upon us but this one brought with it a lot of snow! ... much.  I do love the Bordeaux wines thoug Read More

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  • I've always enjoyed the term "Claret", though I like hearing ... ... original, or pre-qual to the Bordeaux exported Claret we know of today. You guys have got me thirsty for some old Rioja, but will have to settle for another young Chambolle Musign Read More

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  • Don't forget that history also applies to farming practices. You grow ... ... in an Atlantic region like Bordeaux, you may get rain, frost, snow, hail, birds, deer, mold or something else. So you pick and ferment. You squeeze the grapes to extract the juice and let it do its thing.There was no thought of gentle handling, of waiting for "optimu... Read More

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  • Claret is indeed a term that has been used in this country to describe red Bordeaux wine for hundreds of years ever since large swathes of what is now France came under the English crown. It is interesting that Richard mentions Berry Brothers and Rudd because,although they are one of the world's oldest wine merchants I do not think they coined t... Read More

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  • Clarets were typically a little lighter than "serious" Bordeaux, and that's a little of what Anthony Bell is getting at.  The Wiki for "Bordeaux Wine" discusses it a bit. According to Wine Folly, it's the second wine every wine lover should know. Berry Brothers and Rudd make something under their own label they call "Good Ordinary Claret. "  And... Read More

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  • Very interesting, DM.  I was always of the opinion, and, of course, ... ... ... for just about any red Bordeaux wine.  My definitive source is no less an expert than the well-traveled agent from Universal Exports (starting at roughly 00:58 of this clip).  Maybe Duncan should jump in here and straighten me out.I am wondering, though, if "clare... Read More

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