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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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 Timberlay

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

  • Château Haute Brande

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

  • Lamothe

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

  • Château de Parenchere

    Situated in the eastern edge of the Bordeaux wine growing area, the Château de Parenchère vineyar...

  • 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...

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Bordeaux on Snooth

  • Chateau Turcaud Entre Deux Mers Blanc 2014

    Snoothrank:

    A white that I want to try again, so that is something nice. Read More

    Wine review by anstett


  • Chateau de Laville Premieres Cotes de Bordeaux 1998

    Snoothrank:

    This bottle of wine was part of a lot I bought on the website ... Premieres Cotes de Bordeaux is an appellation for red,white,rose and sparkling wines [though 90% are red ] from the east bank of the river Garonne between thev City of Bordeaux and the small town of Cadillac.It became incorporated into the new Cotes de Bordeaux appellation in 200... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • A decent Bordeaux wine last night while watching the Penguins beat the Sharks in an exciting Stanley Cup Final hockey game.  Sadly, the Bordeaux is all gone. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines - Post Pictures...


  • Very nice VV.  Wine certainly does taste better on holiday.Since Friday is ... and ordered two glasses of Bordeaux wine along with some PEI mussels.  Very tasty and they came with fries too.  Getting to the performance an hour later, we sat down, feeling no pain after the initial bottle and then a glass of wine on top of it.  However,  I didn't... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines - Post Pictures...


  • Fox - absolutely I couldn't tell you one Bordeaux from another blind or one Barolo from another, although in the latter case I'd take a shot if you told me what my choices were. It's all about where you've focused your attention and how many times you've rung the same bell in your head. That is actually why I like blind tasting - it makes you fo... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Was wondering if anyone's...


  • Mike did that with his own wines, which he tastes every day.  I imagine he ... ... from two places (Cal and Bordeaux, Cal and Burgundy in the Tasting of Paris; PN from Oregon and Burgundy, and similar tests), so it wasn't just "describe your grandmother."  It was, "identify a person  or a few people (if you want to game the test and insure the ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Was wondering if anyone's...


  • Not talking of anecdotes, Fox, but of directly, personally observed and ... ... Pommard often comes up as Bordeaux, with too many people, though that's only one example.There are exceptional tasters out there, and there are people who understand the earth and environmental factors surrounding a site and how to make the best wine from it, even ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Was wondering if anyone's...


  • D, the "observed" incidences of doing blinds--not anecdotes of ... a ... a Pinot during a tasting of Bordeaux.  Rather, a few lower end bottles, a few from outside the ostensible tasting group by geography or price, be mixed in.  If you are tasting Pauillac from 2005, as a taster you know just about everything from that AOC is expensive,and yo... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Was wondering if anyone's...


  • Nebbiolo is a challenge to grow elsewhere, but that's because it's a ... used to (and true also for Bordeaux, but there's other issues there); but if things go too far with warming, Piemonte could be having too many warm years instead.  Nebbiolo just needs some very specific conditions; given California's diversity of soils and weather, I thin... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Was wondering if anyone's...


  • Kramer is understandably unhappy, as Matthews uses a quote from him that goes ... night. (Go, Dubs!)  Or Bordeaux saying that everyone knows California wines can't age, then getting their heads handed to them again when the Paris frolic was repeated with the same wines years later.  (Matthews agrees that the Paris tasting probably wasn't actua... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Was wondering if anyone's...


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