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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Sémillon

    History of the grape: Little is documented about the early years of this grape, which is surprising due to its distin...

  • 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 Seguin

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

  • Château de Beauregard-Ducourt

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

  • Château Tour de Ségur

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

  • 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...

  • Château Lamothe de Haux

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

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Bordeaux on Snooth

  • '86 may still be adolescence for a Latour.  Sometimes I wonder if human years may not be the same as dog years for that wine...   ;-) Read More

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  • Amazingly Mr. Sussman and Family brought the 1986 Latour tonite.Cork (perfect); was amazing and wine was "deep purple." Again. Again. I commend and compliment Mr.. Sussman for his storage. Amazed. I told him "the wines were Doris Duke "quality and found out that she lived 2 doors down from Sussman.  Happy to have him is a guest. WW2 Hero to boot.  Read More

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  • Clos du Marquis St. Julien 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by Sarhu


  • Cook with it. Back of the cupboard is the worst place to keep wine and as OT ... OT ... in buying an older Bordeaux is going to ask a lot of questions first. And if you've never sold any, you won't have references or a track record. I'd call some friends and open it. Maybe OK but probably not. A shame but that's lif Read More

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  • Chateau Haut-Beychevelle Gloria Saint-Julien 1994

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    This bottle was part of a lot I bought on the ... miles north of the City of Bordeaux.It is a small but very prestigious appellation with 11 classed growths in the 1855 classification although my bottle was not from one of them.Chateau Haut-Beychevelle Gloria is a small estate owned by the Martin family. It consists of 65% cabernet sauvignon,25... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Well, I opened another bottle after finishing off the remainder of a Bordeaux wine.  This time it's a Somona Cab, from St. Francis Winery.  I'm still trying to relax from painting five hours this afternoon.  I hope you folks like the hanging flowers next to the wine bottle on our deck.  :-) Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • I almost always drink a Bordeaux, Bord blend or Cab with burgers.  And I favor bison or straight beef--I don't really get mixing in the hammy porky thing when I have awesome grass fed beef, 80/20, and lots of heat on my grill.My kids had burgers tonight but sat out the wine.  (They are, after all, underage, but the sommelier at Slanted Door the ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hamburger wines


  • Chateau de Rochemorin Pessac-Leognan 2009

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    This wine is great for the price. The blend and its young grapes allows the wine to be both elegant, fruit forward, and spicy. On the nose, there's lush dark and overripe berries, cardamon, and earth. The pallet is super soft and reflects the nose with the addition of soft ancho chili and sage. Would be great with venison or lamb. Read More

    Wine review by jackandterah


  • Ha!Yes, Merlot w a little Cab in the mix. Bordeaux? Read More

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  • But an attention-getter, and well rounded... 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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