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

  • Burger Grape

  • 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...

  • 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

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Bordeaux View all

  • Malesan

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

  • Château Tour de Ségur

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

  • Château Timberlay

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

  • Château de Beauregard-Ducourt

    Everything started in 1858 in a small town in the " Entre-Deux-Mers " region… At this time the Du...

  • Château Maison Blanche

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

  • 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

  • Special treat tonight - to celebrate the possible sale of my chopper to a guy ... ...  Now this is a fine Bordeaux wine and I wish I had bought a few more bottles (I think it was around $35).  Very smooth, has good fruit and mellow tannins.  Highly recommended to you folks.  The referenced web site says this wine is worth 395 Euros - I think t... Read More

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  • Really Big Al  That Bordeaux Superieur should be a good one as it is made by a well respected Chateau in Margaux and has seen the inside of an oak barrel rather than a concrete or stainless steel tank. l have not had it myself though so you must write up a review for it Read More

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  • Glad you tasted before buying Al, unclassified Bordeaux can be a real crap shoot. Read More

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  • JD - I agree.  I wasn't going to buy the wine without a taste and this ... my first bottle from that Bordeaux Superieur sometime this weekend, just to see what my wife thinks.  I have four bottles in my wine rack for near-term consumption.&nbs Read More

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  • I happened upon a deal up at the wine shop in McLean VA that I sometimes stop ... ...  This nice French Bordeaux wine (St. Jacques De Siran Bordeaux Superieur 2012) was on sale and in fact the price had just dropped a couple of bucks only about an hour prior to my arrival in the wine shop.  Yes, I bought a case and it was under $200.  I did t... Read More

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  • Château Graville-Lacoste Graves White 2011

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    Love the long smooth refreshing finish. Perfect summertime wine. Read More

    Wine review by miata5


  • Chateau la Roche Bazin Cote de Bordeaux Blaye 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by gntop1


  • Château Cos d'Estournel Red Bordeaux Blend St. Estèphe 2004

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    RP 90. WS 90 Read More

    Wine review by Misterbv


  • We enjoyed lunch at a small cafe across the street from The Kennedy Center in ... Sandra) and I tried a nice Bordeaux wine with some pizza.  Sandra had an Italian wine I believe.  Upon returning home, I opened a bottle of Bordeaux wine that I just picked up on Thursday (the case of Saint Jacques De Siran), and it's in the decanter now.  Sandra... Read More

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  • Graville-Lacoste Graves Blanc 2014

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    Nice and fresh, showing both citrus fruit notes along with a stony backbone.91pts. Read More

    Wine review by egon klimt


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