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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • 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...

  • Château Haute Brande

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

  • 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...

  • Château Maison Blanche

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

  • Lamothe

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

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  • JD - been moving, visiting, and forgot my computer and don't like to post ... Cab. Was it a second growth Bordeaux? No. But good enough.In fact I'm drinking a lot of early 1990s these days and my third guess is that most people buy new wines because they just don't know what an aged wine is. People on wine forums talk about a five or ten year ... Read More

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  • "Why do people buy current release wines, mostly Cali cabs and Bordeaux, that are more expensive than properly mature bottles of the same wine?"Shhhhh, Greg. I like that I can find older bottles that someone else has cellared for me, from better vintages, for often far less than current offerings. Let's not spoil a good thing by letting the cat ... Read More

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  • Here's a thought worth discussing. Why do people buy current release wines, ... wines, mostly Cali cabs and Bordeaux, that are more expensive than properly mature bottles of the same wine?Let me take a shot at this, and this is along lines similar to Outthere's response.Because it's easy.You know I'm an iconoclast, Greg.  I truly believe that m... Read More

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  • I'm back. Why not for a seinfeldesque post about nothing!Here's a ... ... wines, mostly Cali cabs and Bordeaux, that are more expensive than properly mature bottles of the same wine?Just something I ponder as I get shilled ever more expensive new releases. On another note, I'm going to add a video series to my production this year, nothing fan... Read More

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  • My wine of the year was undoubtedly the 1971 Mascarello Monprivato with the ... An amazing 2003, a very good Bordeaux, and a contributor to terrific memorie Read More

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  • Château le Grand Verdus Bordeaux Supérieur Aoc Grande Réserve 2011

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    started out very spicy, but mellowed to a fruity palate after some breaths, mainly blackcurrants Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Chateau Brown Pessac Leognan Blanc 2013

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    This Pessac-Leognan blanc was well received by critics upon release, and, indeed, the wine is exceptional for the price: the scent is mysteriously Sauvignon Blanc with fresh musk and lemon grass one moment and Semillon the next with fig and spiced apple; colour is quite deep yellow and entry is infused with cake spice, granny smith apple pie an... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Chateau de Brondeau Bordeaux Superieur 2012

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    Inviting, concentrated strawberry and raspberry aromas with vanilla and sweet baking spice notes. Pleasant and approachable on the palate with cranberry, raspberry and cherry fruit, candied and medium-full on the palate, this turns earthy and toasted towards the finish with lots of smoke and burnt espresso. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Chateau Jean Faux Sainte-Radegonde Bordeaux 2011

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    Blackberry preserves and vanilla cream aromas are quite pronounced and inviting with loads of cinnamon spice. This delivers on the palate with cacao nibs, black cherry and blackberry fruit, good balance and rich structure, textured and elegant. The finish is chewy and smooth, a touch herbal but think cacao, olives and coffee. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Chateau Cantemerle Haut-Médoc 2006

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    A little astringent yet but very. Doses of red berry fruits, blackberry and violets on the nose that follow to the palate well. Additional spice, earth and framing tannins balanced with good acidity leave leaves wanting more. Still has 3-5 years left. Drink or hold - 91 points - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


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