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...

  • Merlot

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • 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

  • 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 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...

  • Château De Seguin

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

  • Lamothe

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

  • Château Haute Brande

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

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Bordeaux on Snooth

  • Thanks DVOGLER. I say that because those Bordeaux are my personal favorites vs me paying that much for a wine I'm not familiar with or have not tasted before. There is very good availability of 2005 Bordeaux around Dallas under $100 and a few good ones under $50. Also, 2010 being a great vintage, 09 very good, there are many bargains still avail... Read More

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  • Château du Bousquet Red Bordeaux Blend Côtes de Bourg 2006

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  • MW,I don't understand when you say, "but buy a 2005 Pom or Marg with ... of either of those (or any Bordeaux), then you must be a rare breed around where you live.  2005 was the last great vintage and it's difficult to find.  Also, I'm confused that you will buy a Pomerol or Margaux vs. $80 for a Washington wine.  There's a massive disparity t... Read More

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  • Thanks EMark. I am a fan of Kennan so will on your recommendation try their ... ... of the  more mature Bordeaux that I favor. If you have any recommendations at $40-$50 or less that you think would appeal to me, I will try some domestic Merlot. I do need to branch out and find some variety now that I am well stocked with Bordeaux selection al... Read More

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  • OH man...I can hear Greg now :)I think Greg and DM and OT could give a better ... you buy them.  But some Bordeaux for example, can age for decades.  They don't necessarily get better and better.  There are times when they are in a "dumb state" and need much more tim Read More

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  • I also like the high end Napa Cabs, but as a personal preference, I usually prefer a Bordeaux in the same price range, due probably to a perceived greater amount of what I consider to be finesse among Bordeaux. Typically Bordeaux are blends of Cab, Merlot, Cab Franc certainly rendering them less bold and full bodied. You raise a very good point ... Read More

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  • Yes, seasoned steak with a Cabernet Sauvignon.  I also would prefer a nice ... ... even a pork chop with a Bordeaux wine.  I wonder what wine pairs well with escargot?  Not that I would try it.Try a few Napa / Somona cabs from Barnette and Repris.  I also like Silver Oak but they can be pretty expensive. &nbs Read More

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  • I've enjoyed a few Bordeaux wines but I haven't tried anything over $100 (in a restaurant) yet from this region.  I hope to enjoy a few from Bordeaux and Burgundy during the last few weeks of April on our Viking River Cruise down the Rhone and Saone rivers though.   Sometimes I have found Bordeaux wines a little flat in the finish, but not in a ... Read More

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  • Forgot to mention that other than a few 09 Bordeaux, and 5 bottles of 07 Col Solare, all my collection is 2010 Bordeaux due to the fact that it was a classic vintage with bountiful production allowing for some real bargain finds.    Read More

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  • Welcome MW,You sound like my kind of guy!  Except that I can't afford ... ... much of that higher-end Bordeaux.The government liquor stores in BC buy huge quantities of Bordeaux and have a release event every year.  The prices for some of it are apparently something of a bargain.  I've heard of people from Washington coming up to get some tha... Read More

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