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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Justin Christoph

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Mission

    The Mission or Pais grape was the first Vitis vinifera vine planted in North America. From 1697 until well into the 1...

  • 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...

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 Tour de Ségur

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

  • Malesan

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

  • Lamothe

    We had this wine while in the Bahamas and loved it. Would like to know where we can purchase it...

  • Château Grand-Jean

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

  • Château Maison Blanche

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

  • 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

  • Thanks GREGT,The list is of Vineyards and unfortunately they will be sold and consumed before maturity. Demand vs...I would also like to suggest that the best Produced 2012 burgundy CA wines will mature and develop with Cellar Time. @ the 50$,,I wish I could try a Pommard- Pisoni 2012 in 2028... My opinion.  worth the wait...  and fingers crosse... Read More

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  • AoK - it's not that difficult if you think about the history. In Europe, ... ... Closest to England was Bordeaux, so they shipped.But they shipped wines from inland, not wines grown in Bordeaux, at least initially. It was a port, not a winemaking place. Big reds were basically peasant wines and the bigges ones were mostly from hotter regions ... Read More

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  • Al, I may have misled you. Right Bank and Left Bank are both within the Bordeaux. They are not official designations but, rather, convenient informal geographic descriptions.  The "Right Bank" describes the area to the immediate north of the Dordogne River just before it flows into the Gironde Estuary.  The most famous "Right Bank" AOCs are Pome... Read More

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  • I think Greg mentioned St. Emillion as an example.  It's fairly ... You could get a Bordeaux style blend, also called Meritage, from California or Washington that would be similar.  Read More

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  • Those are vineyards right? Used by several producers if I'm not mistaken? ... own against many wines from Bordeaux. Cost about $3 a bottle. Today it's about $10. Nobody cellars it but they'd be pleasantly surprised if they did.Those Pinot Noirs are about $50. Will they turn into something better than they are today? The only way to know is to ... Read More

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  • EM - Yes, I am the Bordeaux person and Sandra is the Cabernet Sauvignon lover.  We like both of course but you have to choose something. During halftime I managed to knock my wine glass off the table an break the stem.  It was empty luckily, so no mess was made but I did like that glass.  I was just getting up from the sofa to tend to the fire. ... Read More

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  • Perfect. Thanks OUTTHERE, Read More

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  • "Pisoni, Rosella's, Gary's. Keefer Ranch, Cargassaci.."Of those 4 only Keefer is in Sonoma. County. The other 3 in SLH, Santa Barbara. Oops! A lot of cellar worthy CA Pinot comes from Anderson Valley Read More

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  • USA Values?  I strongly believe that the optimal "Cellaring Worthy" USA Wines for the value lye in Sonoma County Pinot Noirs.. 2012 Gobble them up... Pisoni, Rosella's, Gary's. Keefer Ranch, Cargassaci.. possible @ 45-90 USD$$Vineyard Specific; Vintage Specific (SLH and SRH and Sonoma Coast or Russian River)  Pinot's are Value and Worthy in my o... Read More

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  • Getting close to kickoff time.Not sure how to answer that, Al.  Right Bank Bordeaux wines are more Merlot domininant and Left Bank ones are more Cabernet Sauvignon dominant.  That pretty much exhausts my knowledge of the topic. A few hours ago I could hear Mrs. EMark slicing and dicing in the kitchen.  Then she came up here and asked for a red w... Read More

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