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...

  • Burger Grape

  • 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...

  • 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

  • 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

  • Lamothe

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

  • Château Haute Brande

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

  • Château Tour de Ségur

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

  • 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...

  • Alexis Lichine

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

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Bordeaux on Snooth

  • Château Lynch-Bages Pauillac 1991

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    Appealing garnet color. Phenolic mixed with something of an herbaceous nose. Very unpretentious introduction to the palate. Only the slightest Cabernet/Cassis hint of fruit. Subsequent flavors Im getting are resinous, woody tannin. Theres nothing particularly offensive about this wine, but it has, pretty much, wasted a lot of space in my i... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Chateau Loudenne Medoc Cru Bourgeois 2009

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    (Past tasting 16 Jun 2013) Deep maroon. Oaky and savoury! Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Chateau Labadie Medoc Cru Bourgeois 2009

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    (Past tasting 25 Nov 2013) Dark, even purplish. Deep oak and berries. Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Mark - barrels are a whole subject unto themselves. The go-to guy for info ... ... them to refer only to "Bordeaux" style barrels, which are 225 liters, or a bit under 60 gallons. Those are called barrique bordelaise, but actually it can be any of several barrel sizes.Just like you have a "Bordeaux" bottle and a "Burgundy" or "Rhone" bottle, y... Read More

    Forum post in the topic All about Oak


  • Mark, I am partly responsible for the confusion because earlier (like, three ... liters (60 gallons) used in Bordeaux.  You can get barrels with the same dimension made with American oak, but barrique almost always refers to one from France of French oak.  Botte, by custom, are much bigger.  They are measured quite often in 10s of hectoliters ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic All about Oak


  • Cha du Glana St Julien 2009

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    Finding a St. Julien of this quality is difficult at this price - or any price. The inviting plum and blackberry scent has a purity that is not disappointed on the palate - for, with steel and plum - and a little brambleberry - the taste is light and elegant. Underrated. 90 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Lanessan Haut-Médoc Premier 2010

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    Here is yet another highly rated 2010 Red Bordeaux that does not deliver. Cedar and leather nose with some plum. Lighter body style, soft tannin, austere but with a medicinal note that is not enjoyable. After tasting many 2009 and 2010 Bordeaux, I cannot agree with the famous wine writers about the quality of these vintages. Seems like corruptio... Read More

    Wine review by Zuiko


  • Chateau Clement-Pichon Haut-Medoc 1999

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £12 from a wine merchant in Sussex.Haut-Medoc ... miles north of the city of Bordeaux.It is an 'umbrella ' AOC because it includes several smaller but more prestigious appellations such as Margaux and Pauillac.Winemaking really got started here at the end of the 17th century when Dutch engineers drained the salt... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Now back to our regularly scheduled programming:Opened our SS gift this evening ... easily stand up to many CA bordeaux blends.We've done a couple of wine trips throughout Virginia and this is easily the best red Virginia wine we've had.Very nice gift from RBA. We'll be looking forward to touring this winery on one of our next trips to the DC a... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Secret Santa 2014 Reveal Day...


  • Chateau Belair St. Emilion Grand Cru Classe 2005

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    This classic Grand Cru opens up well with a beautiful, sparkling cherry red colour and an omnipresent nose of cranberry, cedar and sweet cherry. Entry carries a slightly sweet cherry pie plus earthy notes which finish medium on the palate. Truly delicious and perfect now - although one could hold for 2-3 more years on account of some lingering ... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


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