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...

  • 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...

  • Mission

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

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 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...

  • 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 Grand-Jean

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

  • Château Tour de Ségur

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

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Bordeaux on Snooth

  • Rex, that's pretty much ruling out bag in a box wines.  I hope those ... a small punt and a simple Bordeaux bottle would be a blessing for storage and shipping.  Doesn't rule out good label design, although I tend to favor simple labels with clean designs.  Maybe GregT will pick up the batphone and tell us how much engraving adds to the price ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Creativity in label and...


  • RF - I don't remember seeing that commercial back in the day (late ... ... 2012 Papillon which was a Bordeaux blend from Napa Valley.  Someone in the forums might have already recommended this wine to me.  It cost about $90 plus $10 more for corking fee - over all kind of high but the retail price in wine shops is about $69 so I'm not complain... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • Château Clarke Red Bordeaux Blend Listrac-Médoc 2007

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    Wine review by gntop1


  • Chateau Citran 2010

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    Wine review by gntop1


  • To complete our wine weekend, Sandra and I drove another two hours south down ... ... Octagon is a wonderful Bordeaux blend and highly recommended.Hey, how about that nice Ferrari parked outside the front of the winery?  What a nice rid Read More

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  • Château Haut Bergey Rouge Grand Vin de Pessac Léognan 2011

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    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Chateau Hanteillan 2010

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    Dark color, nice cedar nose but the fruit is closed in. Hard tannin dominates. The fruit comes out with air but is never to the point where it is enough to be deemed acceptable. An awkward wine that will never straighten out completely. My rating-- 83. Read More

    Wine review by Zuiko


  • Yesterday was our anniversary.  Peggy surprised me a bit when I asked her ... her ... capsule on this Bordeaux was stained.  So, we were ready for disappointment.  The cork, however, was fairly intact.  By being careful I was able to get it out in a single piece.  The wine itself was pretty good--lot's of earhiness with very little fruit.  I ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Last weekend was really special.  My sister Carol and her husband Rich ... 2009 RdV Rendezvous, a 2009 Bordeaux blend from Les Gravieres (Saint Emilion appellation), and of course my remaining 2010 Silver Oak from Alexander Valley.  Sandra's birthday cake reflects just one more year until retirement.  It was pumpkin ice cream with white cake f... Read More

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  • Château du Grand Carretey Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend Sauternes 2011

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    The nose has tropical botrytis notes and honey mixed with fresh semillon fruit. It is a big improvement over their 2005. It does lack acid, which is quite common with Sauternes. Very sweet but needs a bit more complexity. My rating-- 89. Enjoyable wine. Read More

    Wine review by Zuiko


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