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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • 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 Haute Brande

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

  • Lamothe

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

  • Alexis Lichine

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

  • Château Grand-Jean

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

  • Château Maison Blanche

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

  • Château Timberlay

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

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  • Château Paloumey Red Bordeaux Blend Haut-Médoc Ailes de Paloumey 2009


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    Wine review by boglebogle

  • Château Paloumey Red Bordeaux Blend Haut-Médoc Ailes de Paloumey 2009


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    Wine review by boglebogle

  • Pretty quiet weekend at the house - winter is just around the corner.  The ... ... were very good - '09 Bordeaux drank well with the black berry fruits, a little oaky toast.  Wine Enthusiast said this would age 45 year and gave it a 92. They full of it on the 45 year life span, but the 92 is close.  The Custodian was a $13 bombshell.  This is a... Read More

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  • Zufrieden, Pontet is currently available to purchase on winedotcom ... wine ... wine crowd doesn't bring Bordeaux anymore. 13yrs ago Pontet was $65 MAX max on a great year. Now well over $300. and as to who is elevating the price and demand? Beats me.? I also have always liked a Pontet. -William Event... RSVP.&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic I can get you Chateau...

  • MJET, sounds like this Left Bank Bordeaux should be in your wheelhouse, and it's more or less in your locale (more than any of the rest of us, anyhow). Have you had some before? Very good wine, though it's become too popular and thus pricey, especially this decade. Used to be one of my dailies back in the '90s... Read More

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  • Speaking of a couple-of-a wines, Sandra and I poured wines again tonight at the ... I was pouring, I think the Bordeaux was the best, followed by the Zinfandel from Lodi, C Read More

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  • Based in Geneva? Plenty of good food and drink in that town, though not always ... were just joking about some Bordeaux blends at a shop inside Logan while on a trip elsewhere.  ; Read More

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  • Pavillon la Tourelle 2013


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    Wine review by LetUsTaste

  • Chateau Carbonnieux Carbonnieux Blanc Grand Cru Classe de Graves 2012


    Well, pedigree helps... those seven centuries of development in viniculture at Chateau Carbonnieux (a Grand Cru) helped Pessac-Leognan detach itself from Graves. The 2012 Blanc Grand Vin evokes acidic green fruit (like gooseberry) with a sweet spice and even fresh snow on the nose. Entry is balanced, but retains enough acid to last a few more ... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Chateau la Garenne Pomerol 2004


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    Wine review by martins2002

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