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...

  • Merlot

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

  • 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

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 Timberlay

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

  • Château De Seguin

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

  • Château Maison Blanche

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

  • Château Peyredoulle

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

  • Malesan

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

  • Château de Beauregard-Ducourt

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

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Bordeaux on Snooth

  • Msr. Touton Sauvignon Bordeaux White Bordeaux Superior France Bordeaux Dry 2007


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    Wine review by thehaze

  • Jaillance Cuvee de l'Abbaye Brut NV


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    Wine review by Margarett

  • James it's not an elementary question. Originally oak barrels were used for ... the work of Emil Peynaud in Bordeaux and later Napa, etc.They also realized that if they used newly made barrels, they could get some flavor from the wood itself. In the old days, the barrel was solely for storage, not for flavoring.One of the easiest flavors to syn... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Unoaked vs Oaked Chardonnay

  • This late afternoon we traveled to RdV Vineyards (the only winery we belong to ... ... the wines.  This Bordeaux-style blend is different each year but it represents the best wine they can produce.  It really is an excellent wine and it commands a hefty sum when you want a bottle for yoursel Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines

  • Clos Laborie Margaux 2001


    This bottle was part of a lot I bought on the website is the largest appellation on the Medoc peninsular and a very prestigious one with 18 cru classe in the famous 1855 classification.Chateau Tayac is not one of them but is a respected cru bourgeois estate. Clos Laborie is a separate 2 hectare d... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Partage de l'Argenteyre 2010


    A modest Medoc second wine from Begadan (Chateau l'Argenteyre) this product is typical of the region. Cassis, cherry and roasted coffee greet the nose with the entry dominated by more red currant. Body is slightly thin with slightly coarse tannin (this is after all a second wine). not bad for the price. 86 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Last night we took our friends Beth & Greg out to dinner and a show to ... ... ... me it tasted like a fine Bordeaux wine.  It retails for about $55 to $60, so I paid a 100% mark-up at Morton' Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines

  • "Did I destroy the wine by putting it in the fridge after it had been ... ... has become the equivalent of Bordeaux in terms of pricing. Ventoux is kind of where CdP was about thirty years ago. They use the same basic grapes and there's still a lot of old-time winemaking and some of the wines are kind of funky. They don't put the wines in nice... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?

  • Chateau Meyney Cru Bourgeois St-Estephe Cl 1995


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    Wine review by BlakeO

  • Château Saint-André Corbin Red Bordeaux Blend St. Georges-St. Émilion 1998


    I bought this bottle of wine from a wine merchant in Sussex for £12. Saint Georges Saint Emilion is an AOC created in 1936 for red wines from around the hamlet of that name in the Montagne commune. It is the smallest of the four 'satellite ' Saint Emilion AOC's.My bottle comes from a well-established estate and consists of 75% merlot and 25% cab... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

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