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

  • 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...

  • Burger Grape

  • 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 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 Grand-Jean

    The DULON family have been wine-makers from father to son for more than 250 years, although there...

  • Château De Seguin

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

  • Château Franc Cardinal

    This estate was originally owned by Jean-Louis Lacour but he sent most of his production to a n...

  • 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

  • Clos des Lunes Lune D Argent 2013

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    The 2013 edition of Domaine de Chevalier's Clos des Lunes (Lune d'Argent) white Bordeaux blend is somewhat more muted on the nose than the previous edition (2012) with gooseberry predominating. Colour is very light yellow. Entry is clean, refreshing and citric - but with a creamier mouthfeel (Semillon dominates) than most other similar Bordeau... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Chateau Belgrave 2013

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    The 2013 Chateau Belgrave (Cinquieme Cru of 1855) opens on the nose with some blueberry, smoky oak and a hint of more dark fruit such as blackberry. Entry is surprisingly light (and lean), bracing and acidic - without heady tannin but some blackberry fruit poking through. Depth and core is absent here, but a light tasty early drinker is found ... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Maison Hebrard Medoc 2012

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    rich plums and oak Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Chapelle de la Trinite Saint Emilion 1995

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    This bottler of wine was part of a lot I bought on the website ... largest appellation in the Bordeaux region producing around two and a half million bottles a year. It is one of the more prestigious Bordeax appellations as well and a system of classification was first started in 1954., My bottle,however ,is not a Grand Cru but a simple basic w... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Les Pagodes de Cos Red Bordeaux Blend St. Estèphe 2011

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    plums and fine oak. the light fresh fruits make it approachable, but I find it rather subdued. needs more years in the cellar... Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Goulée Red Bordeaux Blend Médoc 2013

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    bright red colour, and very light. uncharacteristic of Bordeaux where it is from, but rather, more Burgundy or Rhone... Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Goulée Blanc By Cos d'Estournel Bordeaux 2013

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    strong hints of carrots and radishes... too unorthodox to be properly enjoyed... Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • So where was the Faiveley stored the last 10 years for its label to get like ... ... at that time, whether in Bordeaux or the Loire. Angevins/Plantagenets through their holdings in Bordeaux (and the Loire) also started the wine trade via London which was its center for so long. Last century I was still, from time to time, buying French (and Po... Read More

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  • Les Chartrons Bordeaux Rouge 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by LetUsTaste


  • Sounds like storage was good for all. Did everyone else provide a few bottles ... ... came from her vines in Bordeaux (a city founded by the Romans so you know they were making wine for a long time before Eleanor's day) as well as the Loire. The Loire vineyards were pretty much all getting going by her time,  within Poitou (and Anjou, Chinon,... 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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