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...

  • Burger Grape

  • 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...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

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 Timberlay

    Château Timberlay (appellation Bordeaux Supérieur) is located in Saint-Andre-de-Cubzac. It symbol...

  • Lamothe

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

  • Alexis Lichine

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

  • Château Maison Blanche

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

  • Château Haute Brande

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

  • Château Tour de Ségur

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

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Bordeaux on Snooth

  • Both Leoville and Langoa Barton are owned (and operated from the same, single ... ... Guestier, wine shippers, Bordeaux. The Straffan Estate was sold by Captain Frederick Bertram Barton ("Derick") in 1949, a father to Anthony Frederick and brother to Ronald. He lived in Blackrock, County Dublin thereafter." I'm out the door to work right now s... Read More

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  • JD, was it quality of fruit, or just zin vs. bordeaux blend? Plus '75 wasn't the greatest vintage, either. Plus it's a winery that never overpowers with fruit in the first place (though it does tend to show more fruit upfront than Langoa, and thus garner higher prices). Bummer about the decant. Almost always a mistake in such instances.Does B&G ... Read More

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  • Neighbor scored a bunch at an estate sale. 70's Bordeaux, CA, White Burg, Champers, a few Alsace, etc. Read More

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  • Chateau Clarendelle Rose Bordeaux 2012

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    Wine review by Yossel


  • Chateau Clarendelle Rose Bordeaux 2012

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    ANSWER TO A SOMMELIER'S PRAYER !When Clarence Dillon bid for the best venerable Bordeaux wine fields "by the river" that the town of Bordeaux had turned down as a gift in 1934 because the "upkeep was too costly", and astutely closed the deal to his family's lasting advantage in 1935, he renamed the vignoble Chateau Haut-Brion, a tongue-in-cheek... Read More

    Wine review by Yossel


  • Chateau Ferrand Lartigue Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 1997

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    I bought two bottles of this wine from the website ... on the right bank in the Bordeaux region.Chateau Ferrand-Lartigue is a small [ 5 hectare ] estate funded by a Pierre Ferrand in 1993 although he sold out to the Vitis Vintage group,who also own other Bordeaux properties. The wine consists of 80% merlot and 10% each of cabernet sauvignon an... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Hahaha..Greg.  This guy isn't a putz either.  he drinks $40 BC ... BC ... this guy did say the Bordeaux was a 2009.  A decent year for most Bordeau Read More

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  • Emark - as far as whether it's a good buy or not, you should get a ride ... with and taste some of that Bordeaux. My hunch is that you'd figure it out pretty quickly after tasting whatever he could have possibly picked up at WalMart!&nbs Read More

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  • Welcome,I'm guessing that we can find you something that you'll say, ... ... probably love a 1982 Bordeaux that's been open for a while.  Or a Brunello.  Of course, you'll have to unzip the wallet a bit more than you want.Greg,A guy on my ride last night told me he'd been down in California somewhere and was at a WalMart and bought a $13 Bord... Read More

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  • Chateau Tayac Cuvee Larauza Margaux 2007

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £10 from the website www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/58460 .Margaux is the largest AOC on the Medoc peninsular and the home of 18 cru classe in the famous 1855 classification although Chateau Tayac is not one of them but a Cru Bourgeois estate. There are 37 hectares and it has been owned by the Portet family ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


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