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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • 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

  • Château Grand-Jean

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

  • Château Lamothe de Haux

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

  • Lamothe

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

  • 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 de Beauregard-Ducourt

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

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Bordeaux on Snooth

  • Mouton Cadet Bordeaux Rouge 2011


    A classy, aspirational wine...reaches for higher heights but doesn't quite get there. Somewhat like a well-built chair that is, none-the-less, slightly uncomfortable, or a new pair of Cole Haan penny loafers. A serious, well-structured, and altogether pleasing wine. Even keeled-all around, but really rasps on the old tongue going down, with some... Read More

    Wine review by GrantC

  • Chateau Lavillotte Saint-Estephe 2001


    I bought this bottle of wine from the website for £10.Saint Estephe is the northernmost AOC in the Medoc and was created in 1936 although viticulture goes back to at least Roman times. There is more clay in the soil than the other Medoc AOC's which tends to help the vine in drier years. Chateau Lavillot... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Margaux Margaux 1995


    Still youthful. A wonderful Margaux. Glad I have a few more bottles. Read More

    Wine review by WineSnob53

  • Thanks,NG.  Basically, a Rhone/Bordeaux blend with some Chinon and Tuscany thrown in.  If they'd have added some Rioja, I think the "Todos" label would have been even more appropriate.;-)I'm tickled that you enjoyed it, but, just like you, I am disappointed when subsequent vintages don't meet my expectations set from prior bottlings.  On the oth... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

  • Chateau Gravas Sauternes 2010


    Pretty straw color. Honeysuckle, orange, and melon on nose. Feels naturally, not sickly, sweet. Rich texture. Grapefruit on finish. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith

  • It was indeed a great trip although I did get rained on a couple of timesI have ... ... Vin du Maroc NVCotes de Bordeaux La Rose Bellvue Blaye 2013On the other couple of other evenings I just had a 'pichet' of wine so cannot be sure of detailsIn Chinon I bought;Le Grand Bouqueteau Chinon from Chateau du Coudray 2012Domaine Eric Herault Vielles... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?

  • La Rose Bellvue Cotes de Bordeaux Blaye 2013


    I was served a glass of this white wine with my salad lunch on my recent French ... ... French trip The Cotes de Bordeaux AOC is made up of what was the Cotes de Blaye .the Cotes de Castillon, Cadillac and the Cotes de Franc.Chateau La Rose Bellvue is a 47 hectare estate run by Jean Pierre Eymas making red, white and rose wines. This white is m... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Here's a decent weekday wine, though I'm drinking it on a weekend. A very Right Bank Bordeaux blend of 50% merlot, 25% cab sauv and 25% cab franc. Born and raised in the earth of Tuscany (Bolgheri), though, which earth I can taste clearly.Nothing at all complex, fruit there but not over the top and not overly extracted; not enough acidity for me... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines

  • Clos du Marquis St. Julien 2007


    Blackberry, cassis, fresh cigar tobacco and cedar plank greet the nose and the wine has a good, deep colour for the vintage; there is a smooth, slightly acidic red fruit entry with a mild root and stem element on a surprising warm finish. Good effort in a trying year with some further cellaring potential (3-4 years). 89 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • I'm sorry but I draw the line on California. Chardonnay at $50. Besides, ... they have been spending on Bordeaux. Prices will only go up. Unfortunately.That's why I have to keep searching for diamonds in the rough such as this 1L of Tendu White Blend I picked up at ACME for $21. Should go great with the warm holiday weekend. A blend of Verment... Read More

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