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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • 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...

  • Burger Grape

  • Merlot

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

  • Mission

    The Mission or Pais grape was the first Vitis vinifera vine planted in North America. From 1697 until well into the 1...

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 Tour de Ségur

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

  • Alexis Lichine

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

  • Château Lamothe de Haux

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

  • Château Timberlay

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

  • 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...

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Bordeaux on Snooth

  • Zufrieden  There is usually a Bordeaux seminar at the show and there is also plenty to taste and buy in the main hall.I suspect you would enjoy this show Read More

    Forum post in the topic The France Show


  • Okay, I'm providing wine for my family (or I hope so, or I won't have ... ... also going to look for a Bordeaux-grape based rose from Mauritson before I call it quits. For that matter, a true Claret--a lighter Bord red--might work and it won't be from a classed growth, so it will be reasonably priced.  On that Sangio end, a Cerasuolo could wor... Read More

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  • By the time I pay for a ticket to London, I should probably just go the rest of ... through the vast stacks of Bordeaux for something that looks like a good valu Read More

    Forum post in the topic The France Show


  • Are you going to the "buy property" seminar?  :)The Bordeaux thing looks good!  Yes, let us know what you taste please! Read More

    Forum post in the topic The France Show


  • Château Tour d'Auron Red Bordeaux Blend Bordeaux Supérieur 2009

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    This Bord Sup (as this rank of Bordeaux is flippantly referred to) is well respected and belongs to the same stable as Chateau Recougne - an erstwhile favourite of Robert Parker's. For the low asking price, we get a nice cherry and cedar nose - although earthy and a bit soupy. On the palate there are delicious cherry-vanilla notes with light t... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Château Potensac Red Bordeaux Blend Médoc 2008

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    Notes of sour cherry, cedar shanks, plum and blackberry on the nose - very Medoc. Entry is smooth, with degrading, silky oak and rich Cabernet Sauvignon cassis predominating. Finish is quite long and satisfying, if just a tad sour. Ready now; holding is not required for improvement. Good value. 88 points Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Château Haut Bergey Rouge Grand Vin de Pessac Léognan 2011

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    This edition of Haut-Bergey is a very pleasant surprise:it has a mild nose of red currants, plum and blackberry that evokes parfum, while on the palate the soft tannin is already dissipating with elegant licks of plum and blackberry on a moderately long finish. Drinking nicely now, it might last another 4-5 years. But why wait? 90 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Chateau Thebot Bordeaux 2011

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    bright tart berries and balsam. tasted like a Christmas tree. Read More

    Wine review by kimberlyaurora


  • Château Pomeys Moulis En Médoc Bordeaux 2009

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    A Lot 18 Selection. I think it a bit too young still, but very interesting nonetheless. Opens with a mint/licorice with a hint of caramel. Grape/Cherry Jelly and a long long finish of thyme and mint and some barnyard funk. Decanted it and it tasted a bit more soft over an hour or so. Interesting end notes of lavender perfume. A bit dryer than I ... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Les Cedres Franc de Mayne Sait-Emilion Grand Cr

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    No written review

    Wine review by siuhiutan


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