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...

  • 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...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Burger Grape

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

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...

  • Château Franc Cardinal

    This estate was originally owned by Jean-Louis Lacour but he sent most of his production to a n...

  • Château Lamothe de Haux

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

  • Malesan

    Malesan is a company based on the Bordeaux Left Bank, selling quality wines that meet the criteri...

  • Château Haute Brande

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

  • Château Peyredoulle

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

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Bordeaux on Snooth

  • Château Ramage la Batisse Cru Bourgeois Haut-Medoc 1993

    Snoothrank:

    This bottle was part of a lot I bought on the website ... miles north of the City of Bordeaux itself.Winemaking really got started here at the end of the 17th century when Dutch engineers drained the salt marshes and it now includes some of the world's greatest wine estates. Chateau Ramage la Batisse is a Cru Bourgeois estate close to the borde... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Stephen - Tell me what your thoughts are on James Halliday.  For my money ... ... were for Italy and Bordeaux when he was working for WS and now, he's doing it for everyone that'll pay for it...Parker for Bordeaux and anything else with higher alcohol and tannins.I really don't know Halliday's body of work, thus the questio Read More

    Forum post in the topic Aussie Wine in the US


  • It's not legally allowed now, but scuttlebutt has it it sometimes still ... view it as a 19th-century Bordeaux blend! The carmenere I viewed more as an outlier, but obviously appropriate to a Chilean take on things.Maybe we should just view it as a language or style the winemakers aim for. Remember the old Gallo Chablis? Now that was a stretch... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • DMCKER - I've never associated Syrah as being part of a Bordeaux blend - as a previous discussion mentioned.  I don't know the true intricacies as well as some of you all do, but I've just never seen it in a Bordeaux blend and was told years ago by people that are much more experienced and knowledgeable than I that it wasn't.So thus my reasoning... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • So why, RCKR, do you think of it not as a 'Bordeaux blend'? Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Seems as though I have this thread to myself as I have put the last 5 posts on ... Syrah grapes.  Not a Bordeaux blend as they claim, but good non the les Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Chateau Queyssard Cotes de Bordeaux France 'Grand Vin' 2012

    Snoothrank:

    not a bad wine if you are not a connoisseur: this wine was vatted in steel barrels? from where I sit, a french wine should be spoiling in oak and that was exactly was was missing from this wine. It tasted too much like a "modern" wine. time in the oak would have given it the class that it needed. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Chateau Simard Saint-Emilion 2005

    Snoothrank:

    Had this at lunch the other day at Marcello's Chophouse. They have it by the Glass in the Cruvinet. Though very nice, seemed like it was not quite there yet.Still could do with a few more years. Dark opaque Ruby. Loads of earth, herbs, and roasted stewed fruit, Black Cherry Cassis, Earthy Plum and Milk Chocolate. As it sits in the glass, continu... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Day 3, just when you thought it couldn't get any better. Yesterday was ... and '08) and two of the Bordeaux blend Elivette ('05 and '09). We had been tasting some extraordinary wines today and these continued the streak. Personnally, I loved the older vintage, some earthy and spicy notes with plenty of dark, dark fruit (ripe black plums) still ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Sonoma Barrel Tasting with...


  • Château Leoville Poyferre St. Julien 2003

    Snoothrank:

    nose of rich dark fruits; oaky, plummy, floral bouquet, very long finish. develops well, and still seductive! Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


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