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

  • 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...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Burger Grape

  • 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 de Parenchere

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

  • Château Lamothe de Haux

    Château Lamothe has belonged to the family since 1956. Château Sauvage was added in 1978 and Chât...

  • Château Peyredoulle

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

  • Château De Seguin

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

  • Château Grand-Jean

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

  • Alexis Lichine

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

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Bordeaux on Snooth

  • So Scutulatus--your name? I know it in zoology for part of the ... in what ... in what winemakers in nearby Bordeaux have historically used: cabernet sauvignon, merlot, cabernet franc and malbec. There are a couple others, but these will likely be the easiest to find. Blend them in little, by little, one at a time and see what kind of blend yo... Read More

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  • And Brett. And bacteria."Native yeast" is more or less meaningless ... indeed. Years ago, a lot of Bordeaux, most of the N. Rhone, much of the S. Rhone, most of Tuscany and a lot of Spain produced funky wine Read More

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  • Two of my favorite Yakima wineries are Gilbert Cellars and Treveri ... makes great Rhone and Bordeaux style wines.  Justin, the wine maker, is a super great guy.  Not sure if you would be able to meet him or not.  Either way, you need to visit Gilbert and Treveri.Will you be able to visit Red Mountain?Here are a few Columbia Gorge wineries I wo... Read More

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  • Chateau Sociando Mallet 2005

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    This is only my second full bottle of Sociando-Mallet, and it does not disappoint; the wine has an incredible, enticing aroma of fresh blackberries and coffee - wonderful. Deep red in colour, it enters the mouth gently and smoothly, with deep black fruit flavours on the palate and soft, but lengthy tannin on the finish. Over the top for an Haut... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Chateau Cote Puyblanquet Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2011

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    A complex Bordeaux that is drinkable but I suspect that the Merlot seems to overwhelm the other wines leaving it just to much for me. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Château Pichon-Longueville Baron Red Bordeaux Blend Pauillac 2009

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    Again... great choice tonight Table #7, thanks for the opportunity to decant ... ... this more full and round Bordeaux. @ Barolo Ristorante North Palm Beac Read More

    Wine review by William Djubin


  • Chateau Pichon-Longueville Comtesse 1998

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    Great choice tonight Table #7, thanks for the opportunity to decant this feisty young Bordeaux. @ Barolo Ristorante North Palm Beach. Read More

    Wine review by William Djubin


  • Château des Trois Chardons Red Bordeaux Blend Margaux 2001

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    2016 - Opened this wonderful raspberry jammy textured 2001 Chateau des trois Chardons before diner and we quickly forgot about everything else. Delicate soft palate. Read More

    Wine review by BertrandLabelle


  • Chateau Pey la Tour Reserve du Chateau 2010

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    The 2010 Reserve du Chateau is a very good bottle of juice; the nose conjures up dried cherries and wet (black) earth, and the entry is very smooth with ample vanilla and tannin mid-palate. The flavour profile is dominated by cherry and perhaps some plum; finish is also quite long - although some stem intrudes - though not to great detriment of... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • EM - Too bad that Bordeaux blend didn't turn out so good.  Is it really Bordeaux, or just a Bordeaux-style blend?  I remember 'Sideways' and that pour bucket scene at the wine bar.  Very funny.  Now a Frog's Leap Zinfandel sounds like the way to go, based on my recent experience with their Cabernet Sauvignon.  Expensive wine though.  Read More

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