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...

  • Burger Grape

  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

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  • Malesan

    Malesan is a company based on the Bordeaux Left Bank, selling quality wines that meet the criteri...

  • Château Lamothe de Haux

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

  • Lamothe

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

  • 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 Peyredoulle

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

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  • I have just returned from one of those Expedia.com City breaks. I went to Bordeaux for three days. I went on a couple of organised tours,the first of which was a vineyard tour but the second was a day at the seaside. The tour organiser took us to Arachon Bay to the west of Bordeaux where we climbed the Pilat sand dune and then we got taken to a ... Read More

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  • Domaine d'Arfeuille Bordeaux Blanc les Matines 2012

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    I recently went on an Expedia.com City break and I chose to go to Bordeaux. Whilst there I did a couple of organised days out,one a vineyard tour and the other a day at the seaside. The tour operator took us to Arcachon Bay on the Atlantic coast to the west of Bordeaux where we got to climb Europe's largest sand dune .the Pilat dune,and then the... Read More

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  • EM - Yes, lots of older riders have their bikes shipped out to some place near ... near ... we selected four Bordeaux and Bordeaux-style red blends.  The day started off with a visit to Mount Vernon, George Washington's home on the Potomac River in Virginia.  It's about a 20 minute drive from our house and a very nice place to visit.  We spen... Read More

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  • Round 3  - The BordelaisFirstly - The French know how to charge!!!But - ... be prefaced by the fact the Bordeaux all have age which makes comparison with others challengingLatour 3rd wine - 2010 Great vintage very good  55%CS 44.5% M 0.5%CF having had the pleasure of drinking a 53 Latour a couple of years ago I can understand how they can prod... Read More

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  • Mount Eden was what I considered the class of the flight before your notes, ... ... available nearby.Your Bordeaux notes very much parallel my sensibilitie Read More

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  • Round 2 - 4 x AussiesExcellent Group of winesThe Cullen is from Margaret River ... Victoria and is the 5 grape Bordeaux Blend - this was the wine of the flight and despite its youth was beautiful to drink.  The MM's age exceptionally well and good vintages comfortably get to 20-30 years.  Retail AUD140The Rockford Cabernet is a Barossa CS and ... Read More

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  • Round 1 = 3 x NZ and 1 x South AfricanThe Man o War is from Waiheke Island near Auckland is a Bordeaux Blend and is Merlot and Cabernet Franc dominantI very nice easy to drink red wine surprisingly fresh for its 6 years probably should be drank by 2020 but certainly a nice startThe Te Mata Estate is from Hawkes Bay 54 CS 36 Mer 10 CFLots of nice... Read More

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  • Chateau Bel Air Haut-Medoc 2013

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    A very good Bordeaux with a full, slightly tart but smooth Finnish but easy on the budget that would suggest a higher price for a wine as good as this. Read More

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  • Dear DMCKR, if you are near Minami Aoyama and want to come see them I ... ... are Rhone, Champagne and Bordeaux, and the Aussie/NZ are a bit mixed.  I have purchased them all and have been cellared since purchase.  I hope this helps.  You can also email me directly at brian_marcus@hotmail.com :)&nbs Read More

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  • ALL PROPERLY CELLARED California CollectionSpottswoode CS, Napa 2006  ... ... Sociando-Mallet, Bordeaux, 2001  $60/7,000 JPYE.A.R.L. Pierre Ussegilo & Fils, Res des Freres CNP, 2005 $140/15,000 JPY each or 3 bottles $220/25,000 JPYDom Pierre Ussegulio, Cuvee de mon Aieul, CNP 2005 $80/9,000JPY or 3 bottles $220/25,000JPYTHE ENTIRE FRENCH COLLE... 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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