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

  • 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

  • Sémillon

    History of the grape: Little is documented about the early years of this grape, which is surprising due to its distin...

  • 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

  • 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

  • Malesan

    Malesan is a company based on the Bordeaux Left Bank, selling quality wines that meet the criteri...

  • Château Grand-Jean

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

  • Alexis Lichine

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

  • Château Tour de Ségur

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

  • Château Haute Brande

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

  • Château Peyredoulle

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

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Bordeaux on Snooth

  • I do agree about buying what you like.But I also think that Single Varietal and ... to Vintage.  whether Bordeaux, Rhone, Bolgerhi, or So. Cal..When It comes to So Cal. Clones. I disagree. these are 100% only Single Clones. whether 848, 777, or Pisoni and most are harvested from more than 1 Vineyard; albeit a Blend of course.Papp 777 is harvest... Read More

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  • Please give a better explanation of what -  "But I also think that ... to Vintage.  whether Bordeaux, Rhone, Bolgerhi, or So. Cal"..  - I may have misunderstood what you meant William - Thank you - Paul1 Read More

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  • Chateau Montlabert 2011

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    Montlabert is a relative bargain for Saint-Emilion, but exhibits all the usual traits of wine from this commune, to wit: a veritable surfeit of cherry on the nose (sprinkled with oak), followed by considerable residual oak and good red fruit (cherry) on the palate with a hint of wet loam; finish has pucker (tannin). Although oak is still promin... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Chateau de Courteillac 2015

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    This inexpensive but generally most Bordeaux red has a jam-tart nose with a hint of iodine, and enters the mouth smoothly with logwood-cedar bark, blueberry jam and new oak. Good tavern fare with a lignin and blackberry finish. Good value. 84. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Chateau de Chantegrive Caroline Blanc 2015

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    A beautiful Fall day in Vancouver BC suggested Provencal at Chez Meme followed by wine in the nearby park with very old and dear friends. Chantegrive Blanc 2015 seemed up to the challenge with toasty oak and pear on the nose followed by soft oak, pear, gooseberry and lemon grass on the palate - which lingered long and with great satisfaction to... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Château Puygueraud Red Bordeaux Blend Côtes de Francs 2005

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    I bought this bottle of wine from the website ... de Francs appellation in Bordeaux was created in 1967 although viticulture in the area goes back to at least the 11th century for both red and white wines [although most are red ] from the three communes of Francs [after which the appellation is named],Tayac and Saint Cibard located about 7 mile... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Chateau Argadens Bordeaux Blanc 2015

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    The 2015 edition of the Argadens Blanc has a rich, spicy star and passion fruit nose with a hint of Sauvignon Blanc smoke and grass; on the palate, there is tropical fruit on a smooth, rainwater finish. Less depth than 2014, but perhaps easier drinking... excellent value. 89. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Chateau Lilian Ladouys St. Estephe 2012

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    True to the 2012 vintage overall - especially for the Medoc - this wine has a bright cherry nose and colour (glass rim), and is deliciously modest in offerings of black cherry, a hint of less-than-sweet vanilla, perhaps, and oaken wood staves. Finish is medium with youthful tannin. Best for early drinking with light meats. 87. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Chateau Barde-Haut Saint Emilion Grand Cru 2005

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    This wine is ready-to-roll - although there could be another decade in this bottle if kept at 15 Celsius or so; the nose is kirsch-like, with a layer of Cypress branch and blueberry jam. Lots of vanilla, cherry and soft oak on the palate - but well integrated and harmonious. Finish has a slight tannic pucker and is very long. An excellent win... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • A beautiful day exploring Gdansk, Poland.  Now cruising to Germany.  We shared a nice Bordeaux bottle with a couple that were team members in a trivia game last night.  Having a fantastic time in the Baltic region! Read More

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