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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Burger Grape

  • Merlot

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

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 Peyredoulle

    All of our wines come from vineyards that are farmed with a sustainable management style. This me...

  • Château Franc Cardinal

    This estate was originally owned by Jean-Louis Lacour but he sent most of his production to a n...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • To go with the post in Drinking Tonight... post - we had these on my birthday ... to choose.  The '07 Bordeaux was from a down year but was really good for the vintage.  The Brunello was everything I thought it would be and more.  The cab however, after all I'd heard and read, completely stunned me with it's huge and lasting profile. I guess t... Read More

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  • Chateau Haut-Brion 1-Er Grand Cru Classe 1993


    1.5 Liter; or magnum. Read More

    Wine review by William Djubin

  • '59 is a great year for Bordeaux, Al. Keep your eyes peeled. I've had utterly fantastic bottles of Latour and La Mission Haut Brion this decade. Read More

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  • Clarendelle Bordeaux 2012


    A very pleasant and drinkable Bordeaux; fruity, but not too tart, with the right amount of cab franc. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor

  • Sandra and I enjoyed an RdV Vineyards release party Sunday afternoon, out in ... ... I will stick to their Bordeaux style blends of Rendezvous and Lost Mountain.&nbs Read More

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  • Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste Pauillac 5e Cru Classe 1992


    I bought this bottle of wine from the website ... miles north of the City of Bordeaux and is one of the Bordeaux region's more prestigious appellations with a total of 18 classed growths including 3 first growths in the famous1855 classification of the Medoc.Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste was a 5th growth in that classification.My bottle of wine con... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Château du Gaby Red Bordeaux Blend Canon-Fronsac 2003


    Amazing Bordeaux. Friends and family agree. We had a blind Bordeaux wine tasting at my house and 11 out of 13 picked Gaby.Enjoy. Read More

    Wine review by Winebordeaux

  • Chateau le Manoir Cuvee Prestige Lalande de Pomerol 2012


    A great job of a Bordeaux causing me to enjoy a Merlot which I find myself impartial too and have been more inclined to buy on the left side of the river; but! this was a pleasant fresh vintage Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor

  • Washington State acquisition earlier today at Total Wine.  I'm ... Not bad for a $30 Bordeaux-style blend Read More

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  • Chateau de Sales 2012


    I bought this bottle of wine back in May on my trip to Bordeaux.The Pomerol appellation was created in 1936,although winemaking here goes back to at least medieval times,for red wines from the commune of that name near the town of Libourne on the right bank in the Bordeaux region.The commune is only about three square miles and has only 800 hect... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

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