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

  • 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

  • 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...

  • 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 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...

  • 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 De Seguin

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

  • Malesan

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

  • Château Tour de Ségur

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

  • Château de Beauregard-Ducourt

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

  • Château Maison Blanche

    Les terres de Maison Blanche sont foulées par l’homme depuis longtemps, fort longtemps, bien avan...

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Bordeaux on Snooth

  • Chateau la Graviere Entre-Deux-Mers 2015

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    No written review

    Wine review by Jody Paul


  • Oz clark is a minority of one! Even Jesus, who makes Contino and has championed ... Verdot is the best grape of Bordeaux!Graciano is however, what some people consider key to the longevity of the Rioja wines because it provides the acidity that Tempranillo lacks.Come to think of it, I've had some pretty good Syrah this year. In fact, I think I'... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What's Your 2016 Wine of the...


  • Vino - that Failla Chardonnay is good wine. He did some Syrah too and it was ... side with some Second Growth Bordeaux and Vega Sicilia from the same great vintage and it was just stunnin Read More

    Forum post in the topic What's Your 2016 Wine of the...


  • I told you guys the story about a friend who asked if I'd help sell some ... years and had no idea he had Bordeaux from the 1980s so I told him to bring some over. I made cassoulet and he brought some wine, as did two other friends. FIrst was corked, second was dead, third was middling, and then they looked at me.So I had to provide a venue, d... Read More

    Forum post in the topic 2016 Snooth Secret Santa -...


  • Cru Mon Plaisir Bordeaux Supérieur 2014

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    fruity, with lots of cherries. young. Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Château Peyrabon Red Bordeaux Blend Haut-Médoc 2014

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    rather similar to 2011 - deep, dark, and oaky, with some cherry notes Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Château Reysson Red Bordeaux Blend Haut-Médoc 2014

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    found it too spicy... Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Chateau Dolibey Entre Deux Mers 1988

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £3 from the website ... and Premier Cotes de Bordeaux.Viticulture here goes back to at least the Romans.I have not been able to discover much about Chateau Dolibey or any details of my wine.I started the bottle last night with my fish salad and I did enjoy it.It is a dry wine and there is some apple,elderflower ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Chateau la Grange Clinet Grand Vin de Bordeaux Premieres Cotes de Bordeaux 2008

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    Excellent table wine. Smooth with a lot of flavor. Very hearty and goes well with food. Read More

    Wine review by Tony Colozza


  • Chateau de Braude Haut Medoc 2010

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    Your holiday wine list is not complete without a French choice. French is ... ... well-blanced, fruit forward Bordeaux blend will pair wonderfully with your turkey and sage dressing Christmas dinne Read More

    Wine review by sbr1105


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