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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Mission

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

  • Sémillon

    History of the grape: Little is documented about the early years of this grape, which is surprising due to its distin...

  • 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...

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 de Beauregard-Ducourt

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

  • Château Peyredoulle

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

  • Château Lamothe de Haux

    Château Lamothe has belonged to the family since 1956. Château Sauvage was added in 1978 and Chât...

  • Château de Parenchere

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

  • Château Maison Blanche

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

  • Château Timberlay

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

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  • My guess wasn't that hard, RCKR.  I assumed that Scully's last NFL ... ... sounds excellent and a Bordeaux blend like you had sounds like a good wine to pair with such a hearty meal.Can you do something for us?  Go to your Snooth profile and please change your handle.  "Snoother 2107216" is just too many characters for some of us to enter.   ; Read More

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  • Clarendelle Bordeaux Blanc 2015

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    So those of modest means (most of us, I think) may find the two Clarendelle ... quality is high for A. C. Bordeaux. The white seems the best in terms of crowd-pleasing power: this young wine has a bouquet of mown lawn, gooseberry, and cake spice. Very inviting. Entry is slightly youthful and acerbic, but with good Bordeaux characteristics of... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Chateau Roustaing Bordeaux 2012

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    very pleasant nice Bordeaux that caresses the palate with silk Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Chateau Paloumey 2009

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    Blackberry, plum, dark cherry with chocolate, spice and well rounded tannins lead to juicy and lengthy aftertaste that winds on fairly lengthy time. The is drinking very well right now. Drink or hold (3-4 more yrs. Paul 91 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Chateau Paloumey 2009

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    Wine review by boglebogle


  • Chateau Paloumey 2009

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  • Château Paloumey Red Bordeaux Blend Haut-Médoc Ailes de Paloumey 2009

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    Wine review by boglebogle


  • Château Paloumey Red Bordeaux Blend Haut-Médoc Ailes de Paloumey 2009

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    Wine review by boglebogle


  • Pretty quiet weekend at the house - winter is just around the corner.  The ... ... were very good - '09 Bordeaux drank well with the black berry fruits, a little oaky toast.  Wine Enthusiast said this would age 45 year and gave it a 92. They full of it on the 45 year life span, but the 92 is close.  The Custodian was a $13 bombshell.  This is a... Read More

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  • Zufrieden, Pontet is currently available to purchase on winedotcom ... wine ... wine crowd doesn't bring Bordeaux anymore. 13yrs ago Pontet was $65 MAX max on a great year. Now well over $300. and as to who is elevating the price and demand? Beats me.? I also have always liked a Pontet. -William Event... RSVP.&nbs Read More

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