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...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • 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...

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 Peyredoulle

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

  • Château Haute Brande

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

  • Château Timberlay

    Château Timberlay (appellation Bordeaux Supérieur) is located in Saint-Andre-de-Cubzac. It symbol...

  • Château Tour de Ségur

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

  • Lamothe

    We had this wine while in the Bahamas and loved it. Would like to know where we can purchase it...

  • Château Maison Blanche

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

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Bordeaux on Snooth

  • It's because of the likes of GDP and Snooth regulars like us, among many ... ... it while talking about Bordeaux and Burgundy and Napa reds and even Australian shiraz instead. Prices were still reasonable up through the end of the '90s then started upticking last decade and the curve has steepened this. I was able to buy a lot of good bottles... Read More

    Forum post in the topic The wine geeks holy grail, I...


  • Bordeaux style bottles are a better alternative.  Screw caps better still--you store the wine standing up, none of this "keeping the cork wet" stuff.  Of course, if you took them out of their cardboard cases, you could have a dominos-falling effect, but you could just use regular garage shelves in your cellar then.  Or a regular fridge, more or ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Cellar Malfunctions/Repairs


  • Fox, I disagree that Burgundy is for impressing your friends. Besides, ... ... Burgundies, and compared to Bordeaux the prized vineyards and wines are small and low production. However, if you enjoy drinking Burgundy, there's a way to do it well without spending any more than the $30-60+ CA wines that fill up most of these boards. Maybe I shou... Read More

    Forum post in the topic The wine geeks holy grail, I...


  • OT, I'm not saying you should come around.  Where you live, there are ... ... to a classed growth from Bordeaux.  And a Smith Madrone, Hendry, or Turnbull can look like a bargain. Funny thing is that many of your friends in the biz drink mostly Euro--Mike was talking up one of his favorite Italian whites last time I saw him.  Lot of Burg-o-phi... Read More

    Forum post in the topic The wine geeks holy grail, I...


  • Okay, I still disagree.  We have a good selection of European wines here, ... ... wine stores, K&L for Bordeaux, North Berkeley for Burgundy, WineHouse for Burgundy and Bordeaux, Kermit Lynch for Rhones, Flatiron for Italian and Sherry, Wally's and Woodland Hills for many things... but all those would require leaving Napa and Sonoma.  The Port... Read More

    Forum post in the topic The wine geeks holy grail, I...


  • Château d'Arcins Red Bordeaux Blend Haut-Médoc 2008

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    Very nice, getting up there in age, probobly a bit over its prime Read More

    Wine review by dunbarindc


  • Chateau Ferriere Margaux 1999

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    I bought this bottle of wine from the website ... miles north of the City of Bordeaux.It is the largest appellation on the Medoc peninsular and the home of 21 cru classe in the 1855 classification,one of which is Chateau Ferriere as a third growth.At only 8 hectares it is the smallest of all the classed growths.My bottle consists of 60% caberne... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Chateau Fontenil 2010

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    The 2010 Fontenil is an elegant wine with a nose of blackberry confit or jam; the entry is soft, with pencil lead (graphite),soft tannin, and brambleberry dominant. There are woody notes on the finish not entirely sourced to oak conditioning, so we stop short at 89. Ready to roll. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • A very good vintage of a very good wine, which has struggled somewhat in terms ... might notice his interesting Bordeaux comparison between Grange as Latour and St. Henri as the Pichons. Latour commands much higher prices over all vintage Read More

    Forum post in the topic Penfolds 2010 St Henri Shiraz...


  • Grilling red meat in the back yard, tonight.  So, we're going with the ... a well-aged, first-growth Bordeaux from an exceptionally good year.This one is a goodie. &nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


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