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

  • Alexis Lichine

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

  • Château Haute Brande

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

  • Château de Beauregard-Ducourt

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

  • Baron Philippe De Rothschild

    Since 1933, Baron Philippe de Rothschild SA, located at Pauillac in the Médoc, has been motivated...

  • Château Lamothe de Haux

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

  • Château De Seguin

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

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Bordeaux on Snooth

  • Hey there, outthere.Been gallivanting around for a couple of years. Now back to ... to ... SB supposedly from Bordeaux. Think it must've been a Chinese bottling of bad NZ or Chilean SB, and the counterfeiters didn't even have the sense to blend in any semillon. Surprised the hotel buyer couldn't tell the difference. Quickly went back to the ch... Read More

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  • La Tour de By 2009

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  • Château Larose-Trintaudon Red Bordeaux Blend Haut-Médoc 2006

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  • Chateau Monbrison Margaux Cru Bourgeois Superieur 2009

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  • Château Bourgneuf Pomerol 2009

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  • Château les Ormes de Pez 2012

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  • Château Pipeau Red Bordeaux Blend St. Émilion Grand Cru 2011

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  • Chateau Viaud Lalande Pomerol 2001

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    Red-burgundy. Nose: berry, farm and a bit of leather strap. Heavenly! Very ... ... I enjoy in the Grand Vin de Bordeaux. There is a hint of wood, of some kind, as well (perhaps charred oak or cedar). Long finish. Great on its own but would be lovely with a sharp cheese, a south of France style country salad, a hunk of sour dough bread...Lovel Read More

    Wine review by Calamus


  • Chateau Segue Longue Monnier 2010

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    Inviting notes of cedar box, steel bars, spiced tobacco and cherry greet the nose from this Cru Bourgeois while coffee, cherry and cola round out the effect on the palate with only light tannin lingering on a medium finish. Quite impressive for the price. Medoc in a lighter style, this wine is ready now. Expose to the air for 20 minutes then im... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Chateau la Goutere 2009

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    Sour-sweet and a little smoky, with dashes of prunes and tropical fruit. The finish is limey-sour. Good! Read More

    Wine review by Slipstream


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