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 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...

  • 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 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

  • It should be said that aging a decent Cabernet 10 years should not be an issue ... we're talking classified Bordeaux, pretty much all would improve with 10-20 years of age.I was at a party for my kids preschool and brought along a '12 Scarlett that could have used another couple years of age at least, along with a lower serving temperature, bu... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wines at release and down the...


  • "OT, why let a Zinfandel get so old?  I thought they tended to peak ... ... no different from crap Bordeaux varietals or crap anything else. And crap to start with so opening the bottle at any time after they leave the winery only leads to disappointmen Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Chateau Larose-Trintaudon Haut-Medoc Cru Bourgeois 2009

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    Wine review by alpinirish


  • Chateau la Hargue Bordeaux 2008

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    deliciously fresh and fruity Read More

    Wine review by briancurtis


  • MJ, how much was that high-end tasting down in Florida?  I bet $75 or so. ...  We did enjoy a decent Bordeaux though, along with a grappa with coffee beans in it for me and a vermouth for Sandra.  Now this is funny.  A few nights ago (Friday) we were in the district, but we parked our car in Crystal City which is part way up the blue line of t... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • Cheval-Noir Saint-Emilion 2008

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    Excellent wine from old wine producing region, the brand exists for such a long time! It's full of fruits, floral and hint of spice from Cab, nice taste. Read More

    Wine review by zelch


  • Chateau Latour-Martillac Grand Cru Classe de Graves Pessac Leognan 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Clarendelle Blanc 2012

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    Final one from a lunch at Mercat Bistro...cannot remember which one I liked the most, but this one, had more mineral and slate notes than the others, along with tropical fruit and floral notes. Quite something. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Chateau Petit-Freylon Cuvee Izzy Bordeaux Blanc 2014

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    Another one from lunch at Mercat Bistro and again a lovely one too. Loads of herbs and citrus and a bit of peach and underripe melon, bright acidity and crispness. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • La Bergerie de Senejac Haut-Medoc 1997

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    This bottle of wine was part of a lot I bought on the website ... miles north of the City of Bordeaux. It is an 'umbrella' appellation because it includes several smaller but more prestigious appellations such as Pauillac and Margaux.Winemaking really got started here at the end of the 17th century when Dutch engineers drained the salt marshes ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


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