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

  • 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

  • Sémillon

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

  • 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...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

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 Bordeaux appellation created in 1936,although there has been viticu...

  • 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 Timberlay

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

  • 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 De Seguin

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

  • Château de Beauregard-Ducourt

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

  • 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 Carbonnieux Pessac Leognan Blanc 2014

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    The 2014 edition of the well-respected Chateau Carbonnieux has grassy, gooseberry elements on the nose with a refreshingly tart, spicy white fruit and garden flower finish (ever eaten a white flower?). Perfect white Graves, in other words. This wine will age further, but is fine now. 91. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Chateau Puy Blanquet St. Emilion 2014

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    The 2014 Puy-Blanquet St.-Emilion is a nice affordable Merlot based red with cherry, cedar and a hint of raw chocolate on the palate. Worth picking up at the price. 89. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • We are watching the grand kids Thursday night (usual routine), so I cannot participate.  On the other hand, I'm not a fan of sweet wines anyway.   Read More

    Forum post in the topic Sweet Bordeaux VT


  • Honestly, hard to feel any desire to participate in Mark A's virtual tastings when they can't even show the decency to address the SPAM issue over here....Are all those half bottles? How have you liked the Filhot? Drank a lot of them a few decades ago ('80s, '90s) but don't know how they're drinking these days. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Sweet Bordeaux VT


  • 11/2//17http://www.snooth.com/virtual-tasting/video/sweet-bordeaux-is-the-new-black/I RSVPed, but I doubt that I will come up with any of the wines.  Maybe I'll pull a half-bottle of something out of storage.Chateau Manos Cadillac 2015 Chateau La Rame Sainte Croix du Mont 2014 Chateau Filhot Sauternes 2009 Chateau Lapinesse Bordeaux Sauternes 20... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Sweet Bordeaux VT


  • Earlier today I opened this Bordeaux that was relatively cheap and now I know why.  Not recommended. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Chateau Saint Ahon Haut-Medoc 2010

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    Rebuilt during the Napoleonic order, this property (Haut-Medoc) is a bit of a surprise; (try finding the name of this saint in any listing, par example), there are gobs of blackberry, cherry and a hint of vanilla on the palate, and the nose is of cherry-dipped cigar. Much better than expected, with a soft, metallic finish. 90. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Château Haut-Franquet Red Bordeaux Blend Moulis En Médoc 1998

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    I bought two bottles of this wine for £10-50 on the website ... miles north of the City of Bordeaux.My bottle comes from the small family concern of Chateau Haut-Franquet and consists of 60% cabernet sauvignon,345% merlot and 5% petit verdot and was aged in oak barrels.I started my bottle the other evening with my supper of chicken thighs in ba... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Chateau Carignan Prima 2014

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    We do not get Chateau Carignan up this way often, but we should: the 100% Merlot Prima has Fronsac-like subdued rusticity with a deep, fresh cherry bouquet and male-merlot depth, power and finish on the palate. Judicious use of oak adds spice and age-worthiness. Slightly bitter on the back-end, but this comes with youth. 89. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • "Bordeaux, Rhone, Bolgerhi, or So. Cal"   -Bordeaux- Sauvignon Blanc;  Sauterne, Merlot-Rhone- all to many single varietals to name. -Bolgheri- Merlot, Sangiovese Nero, Sangioveto, or Cabernet-So Cal-  Burgundy Clones and Single'sI may have misunderstood what you meant Paul.Farming and wine-making?   Read More

    Forum post in the topic Single Varietal vs. Blends...


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