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

  • Merlot

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

  • Burger Grape

  • 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...

  • 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 Grand-Jean

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

  • Malesan

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

  • Lamothe

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

  • Château De Seguin

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

  • Alexis Lichine

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

  • Château Tour de Ségur

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

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Bordeaux on Snooth

  • Chateau de Francs Francs Cotes de Bordeaux 2009

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    I bought three bottles of this wine for £20 from the website ... de Francs appellation in Bordeaux.The appellation was created in 1967,although viticulture in the area goes back to at least the 11th century,for red and white wines [although most are red ] from the three communes of Francs [after which the appellation is named],Tayac and Saint C... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • DThe d'Yquem is actually the legendary 1847 last sale was EUR75,000 by a KL ... ...  However a 45/47 Bordeaux would be excitingUnfortunately my journey to the land of drinking top French wines came at a time they began to hit the $ highs they are now I do love champagne and we did a quartet of 96's for my wifes 50th Salon, Krug, Dom Perignon a... Read More

    Forum post in the topic 5 wines to try before you die


  • Stephen, your original post at top of this thread brings up a number of ... of ... ... of horizontals both for Bordeaux and Burgundy. Hopefully haven't missed the boat completely for all Burgs, but I'm told Bordeaux's hanging tough. '47 Cheval Blanc is famous but there are several others I'd like to throw in the mix, not limited to the '47 La... Read More

    Forum post in the topic 5 wines to try before you die


  • So this 2009 Bordeaux wine is a good right-bank Claret then?  I'll have to try a similar one someday. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Value Wines - under $20 USD...


  • Chateau Latour-Martillac Grand Cru Classe de Graves Pessac Leognan 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Chateau Plaisance-Branne Montagne Saint-Emilion 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Sounds like a nice outing, Duncan, and it's not even Memorial Day weekend ... Have any other good wines in Bordeau Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • We do not do Memorial Day weekend here in the UK. I did get to sample a number of other Bordeaux wines on the first day out when I got to visit a number of Chateau.Sadly all the places I visited complained about the severe frost at the end of April which damaged their vines meaning that 2017 is not going to be a good year in Bordeaux Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • 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

    Wine review by duncan 906


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