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

  • 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

  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

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 Lamothe de Haux

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

  • Château De Seguin

    Château de Seguin in Bordeaux is part of the CHRIS-WINE Group. An indenpendent and family owned w...

  • Château Peyredoulle

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

  • Château Maison Blanche

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

  • Malesan

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

  • 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

  • I'm giggling about the red wine (Was that the Bordeaux, Al?) with what appears to be strawberry sauce-covered cheesecake.  I can see that the cheesecake has not been touched, yet.  I'm pretty sure I would have finished my wine before I started on that dessert.Now, if that wine was a golden colored Sauternes, I might have eagerly signed up for se... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Chateau Lassegue Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2007

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    Final one of the night from Capital Grille. A bit disappointing after the Cheval des Andes, but still a beauty. Decanted this one, but still seemed a bit constrained and tight and never quite fully opened.Nice leather and spice and deep roasted fruit on the nose, with long finish of more and a bit of chocolate oak. More tannic and acidic than I ... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Well, it looks like the Fedex guy is going to be visiting, again.  None ... ... we are going for a Bordeaux Blend: This is a pretty good wine.  A bit fruity on entry--blackberry and prune. As the wine passes back, the furitiness diminishes and I detect some earthiness and some sort of cinnamon/clove thing.  Tannins are fully resolved.  An eas... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Maison Delor Heritage 1864 2012

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    deep red wine Read More

    Wine review by KirillK


  • Chateau Echo de Lynch Bages Pauillac 2011

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    2008 Read More

    Wine review by sjbae


  • Chateau Marjosse Pierre Lurton Bordeaux 2007

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    2005 Read More

    Wine review by sjbae


  • Chateau Cote Duyblanquet St Emilion Grand Cru 2011

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    it seems a bit tart, more tannin than I like and primarily a merlot which is not my favorite. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • F. Theinpont Bordeaux Sauvignon Blanc 2013

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    Binny's 4/2015. Always a good value, although this bottle was not as up to ... ... ... value when buying White Bordeaux". However, it was still gulpable, and a little earthy. Carry on, no worry, be happy no Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • DVOGLER- as I mentioned in an earlier post, I was introduced to quality reds, mostly Bordeaux, by a friend who had accumulated an impressive collection and was most generous in sharing and teaching me much about the pleasures of wine.  To illustrate, he opened a 1927 Corton Burgundy with the preface that it will be a sheer delight for up to 15-2... Read More

    Forum post in the topic MWW


  • Lindeman - what DV said. Try it and see what happens. Sometimes it's really ... would include things like Bordeaux that's only 10 or 15 years old for example. Today it's not always the case, but in years past those wines were fairly tannic and the air time would help "soften" those tannins.Older wine is a bit trickier - you may want to decant t... Read More

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