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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Sémillon

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

  • 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...

  • Burger Grape

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 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 Tour de Ségur

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

  • 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 Lamothe de Haux

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

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Bordeaux on Snooth

  • Have only tried the '89 which was memorable, but not sure the bottle was a ... only own about 3.5 cases of Bordeaux, but have 12+ cases of Burgundy, mostly cru' Read More

    Forum post in the topic Montrose: good stuff!

  • Here's another of those eye-popping offers from HDH, though it always ... ... bottle prices are for older Bordeaux library offerings compared to those from the last several years. And Montrose itself was never really found by the Chinese. There's no question of provenance here since these bottles are all from the chateau itself. I'd go for the... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Montrose: good stuff!

  • Closest inspiration to Bordeaux is Malescot St. Exupery...also happens to be in Margaux. Also, can someone identify who this is?  Read More

    Forum post in the topic New Quiz: What wine is this?

  • Chateau Daubiac Bordeaux 2012


    I purchased this in Paris, France. Nice full body red with a strong pepper bite that diminishes on the finish. The finish did not match the mouthfeel, but it was not overly disappointing. Well balanced for its age. Very dry, needed to drink water concurrently to sleep through the night without waking to drink water. I would give it a much higher... Read More

    Wine review by connie7899

  • The design color and motif are more Burgundy-ish or CNdP-ish or perhaps Madiran ... ... or even elsewhere, not Bordeaux--as imagined by a designer who doesn't know the wine world well. Obviously the show, which has won Emmies, has great production values and even good scripts, doesn't do a lot of product placement.'___ des Boothes' in a parody... Read More

    Forum post in the topic New Quiz: What wine is this?

  • Yeah, the gothic type isn't used in Bordeaux much if at all, more in Burg and the Rhone (although no one is required to use it).  True that first growths don't say Haut Medoc on the label, but that's because they are all entitled to use a smaller appellation designation (mostly Paulliac, but Margaux and Haut Brion are exceptions, and Haut Brion ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic New Quiz: What wine is this?

  • "Well, Margaux is not an appellation,"Everybody is concerned about ... within Haut-Médoc in Bordeaux, centred on the village of Margaux." Just as sure as Howell Mountain is an AVA."the producer name never comes before the appellation and never as larger type than the appellation."True in Burgundy (to the extent the appellation is in bigger typ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic New Quiz: What wine is this?

  • A balloon glass for a Faux Bordeaux with an old school Burg label.  Read More

    Forum post in the topic New Quiz: What wine is this?

  • Well, most of those were from Cali, and I've had and liked most. I ordered ... ... just the problem with Bordeaux generally:  I'd have to spend so much time weeding through the hundreds and hundreds of mediocre producers.  It's a huge area, producing huge volumes of wine, and it disappoints me time and time again. Not so different from Napa. ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Your fave Cab under $20?!

  • "Well, most of those were from Cali"By my count 9 out of 15 were not ... ... standard for acceptable Bordeaux blends from Bordeaux. Definitely a daily, though I'd be happier with them $5 or more lower in price. Thank the market for supporting the higher tariff, as you so rightly pointed out above, Fox.If you go to my list of online vendors in... Read More

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