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

  • Château Peyredoulle

    All of our wines come from vineyards that are farmed with a sustainable management style. This me...

  • 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 Haute Brande

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

  • Château de Parenchere

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

  • Château de Beauregard-Ducourt

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

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Bordeaux on Snooth

  • Arnozan Lussac Saint-Emilion 2012

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    Wine review by LetUsTaste


  • Mr.E - 36 attendees, 4 servers, 3 cooking = 42 total people here in my backyard ... that accompany the normal Bordeaux body layered with sangiovese cherry.  Drank well, has other 2-3 yrs. of good drinking easily 2. Cambiata Dornfelder  Made in the SLH region it was GREAT - however, it should be noted that it's application was different - We dri... Read More

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  • Last night was a fried fish dinner; drank a 2014 Grangette Picpoul de Pinet, ... ... Get out of Burgundy, Bordeaux and a few other places and there's still some values in France.  Tonight we'll spatchcock a chicken and grill it, so we'll probably drink a spicy red.  Maybe a CdP, since I hope to winnow those down, maybe a Zin if I can find som... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Unlimited Pours of 7 Wines with DinnerRegister ... of the finest examples of a Bordeaux blend in the Napa Valley. Tasting Notes: Rich and chewy, layered and complex, with flavors of blackberries, black currant, and a hint of truffle. The event will be the three course menu and unlimited tastings of the wine listed above with descriptions and wi... Read More

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  • Château Peyrabon Red Bordeaux Blend Haut-Médoc 2010

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    nose of cherries. rich, dark and oaky. risk becoming too cloying Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Chateau d'Arcins Haut-Medoc 2010

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    smooth good price Read More

    Wine review by Louie Love


  • Château des Deux Lions Sainte-Croix-du-Mont 2009

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Domaine du Noble Loupiac 2001

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    I bought two bottles of this wine from the website ... miles south of the City of Bordeaux on the east bank of the river Garonne opposite Graves and Sauternes on the west bank. The wines are very similar to the more prestigious and expensive Sauternes and the grapes are harvested late when they are overipe and affected by a fungus called Botryt... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • EM, you have made an excellent posting of your Hollywood Bowl experience and if ... at 2010 RdV Lost Mountain Bordeaux-style blend.  Lovely wine.  The performance was a ballet - Romeo and Juliet, with music by Sergei Prokofiev.  It sure was hot and humid, but the dancing was beautiful.  They must have been sweating under those costumes.  Friday... Read More

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  • Saint Emilion Grand Cru Classe TastingWhen: July 24Where: Pierre Loti ... ... Loti ... is the most famous Bordeaux appellation in the right bank region of Bordeaux. Saint-Emilion was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1999 for its cultural and historical landscape. The village is also the most picturesque in the whole region and is wor... Read More

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