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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Malesan

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

  • Lamothe

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

  • Château De Seguin

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

  • Alexis Lichine

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

  • Château Tour de Ségur

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

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  • Catching up with the wine we drank on Father's Day, and we also celebrated ... playing with.So this 2009 Bordeaux was decent but not my favorite for some reason.  I think I should have decanted it, as the wine did improve a bit in the glass when I left it alone.  Sandra's veggie tray was a big hit though.  We ordered out for Chinese food.  Tha... Read More

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  • Waiting for GregT to chime in...  ;-) Read More

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  • Went to the site and scanned my way through and have a question.  Why does everybody ignore Vinous?  It's Antonio Galloni's and he bought out Steve Tanzer's International Wine Cellars.  Steve continues to write for Vinous and between them they do a lot of work.This site still lists Steve Tanzer but fails to recognize AG and Vinous.Was it just th... Read More

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  • Hello !Thanks for your interest in the Global Wine Score.Here is a link to ... a start-up company based in Bordeaux. You will find further information about our company on the following website: www.scorelab.io/ (Phd in Mathematics, Physics and IT engineers, more info on our website).We apply our mathematics skills to the wine sector and more s... Read More

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  • I've noticed the hype surrounding 2016 Figeac and want to partake...it has me thinking of 14' and 15' to go along with it. Read More

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  • GWS - Interesting.  Can you provide a link to your information - it would something of interest to check out.  Also, what is the pedigree of the staff doing the work and is this just a comp. of  information aggregated to make it easier for those seeking information or are your groups opinions involved? Read More

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  • Hello!We created a new rating system the Global Wine Score available since ... ... ... our ratings concern only Bordeaux wines. We plan to add wines from other regions very soon.This score is totally free and very useful to compare wines from different producers, appellations and/or vintages.You will find this score on the following website: w... Read More

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  • I picked up a nice Bordeaux wine for the coming Father's Day celebration.  I'll be sharing this with my 90 year old father-in-law.  It was about $45. Read More

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  • Chateau le Temple Cuvee Tradition Medoc 1998

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    I bought three bottles of this wine from the website ... north of the City of Bordeaux but the appellation of that name created in 1936 only refers to the 16 communes at the northern end. The area is sometimes called the Bas-Medoc or Lower-Medoc though not on wine bottles.There are no classed growths here and production is dominated by co-opera... Read More

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  • Long Shadows Nine Hats average price $21-22 it is a Bordeaux blend. As I understand it is what is left over in the barrels after each of the winemakers finish their wine, then they all get together to blend 9 Hats Read More

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