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

  • Merlot

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

  • Sémillon

    History of the grape: Little is documented about the early years of this grape, which is surprising due to its distin...

  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Burger Grape

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 Tour de Ségur

    Area : 28 hectares of red varietals Soil : Majority clay-limestone on limestone shelf with clay-s...

  • Château de Parenchere

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

  • Château Maison Blanche

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

  • Alexis Lichine

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

  • Château Timberlay

    Château Timberlay (appellation Bordeaux Supérieur) is located in Saint-Andre-de-Cubzac. It symbol...

  • Château Lamothe de Haux

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

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Bordeaux on Snooth

  • The debate around ideal time to drink wine is interesting and the views are ... than 1% will need 10+ years.Bordeaux First Growths, Burgundy Grand Crus, Chateau d'Yquem, the top end of the Barolos and Barbarescos and Super Tuscans, Penfolds Grange, and some of our top Cabernets do need 10+ to really show their straps and I am sure there is a b... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Searching for a Resonable...


  • As mentioned in the other thread, if it's classic Bordeaux blends from the U.S. you're after, most of the action is coming from N California, though there are some Washington wines worth checking out as well. California: I'd look for 1999, 2001 - 2005 for drinking now. Some 2006 may need a couple more years, 2007 can be a very simple vintage so ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Aussie Wine in the US


  • Price doesn't necessarily equal quality, that said it is an indicator of ... wine making.  Much like Bordeaux, there are wineries that may make a really good wine one year and their quality drops the next.For instance - Freemark Abbey made a great '12 cabby, but the '11 wasn't nearly as good, and '13 has not gotten the generous hype that the '... Read More

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  • I remember that video. He did a good job.But as to clearance - as a New Yorker, ... better at it than most. In Bordeaux they're pushing it and sooner or later in Burgundy they'll have Napa-like congestion and crowds and tasting room fee Read More

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  • Château d'Angludet Red Bordeaux Blend Margaux 2011

    Snoothrank:

    Chateau Angludet never seem seems to disappoint; the 2011 (a slightly sub-par vintage) has produced a very fine-very Margaux expressing well this southern commune of Medoc. The wine is now quite mature; tannin is soft, indicating a life of about 1-3 years before no further improvement can be expected. Nose is herbal with blackberry dominant; en... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Château de Pez Red Bordeaux Blend St. Estèphe 2006

    Snoothrank:

    admittedly was wowed by strong berry fruits in the nose, but the hard spicy and woody texture unfortunately did not make up for it... Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Cheers back at you.Oh and d'Agata made those comments in regards to the 2014 Sauternes. I'm starting to think he's "differently clued" to put it nicely.They did have botrytis, particularly in October after getting some rain, but overall the wines didn't show a lot of that. Some people much prefer them "cleaner" and if that's his preference, then... Read More

    Forum post in the topic 2014 Bordeaux


  • You are the reason I bought it. I've had it before and I do like their ... ...  The '12 wasn't Bordeaux's best but they are usually soli Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Amour & EM - Those chardonnay wines look and surely taste nice.Today would ... ... this one being a nice Bordeaux called 'Excellence de Senailhac 'Superieur', 2010'.  I loved this Merlot blend very much and I highly recommend it.Alas, now that we're home again, it is almost time to watch the grand kids.  Life in retiremen Read More

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  • Chateau la Croix du Casse Pomerol 1993

    Snoothrank:

    This bottle was in a lot I bought on the ... on the right bank of the Bordeaux region.The commune is only about 3 square miles and has only 800 hectares under vine so it is one of the Bordeaux region's smaller appellations.There are around 150 produicers,most of whom are fairly small scale and Chateau La Croix du Casse is one at only 9 hectare... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


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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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