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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Sémillon

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

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 Beauregard-Ducourt

    Everything started in 1858 in a small town in the " Entre-Deux-Mers " region… At this time the Du...

  • Château Lamothe de Haux

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

  • Château Maison Blanche

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

  • Alexis Lichine

    Alexis Lichine was a Russian-born wine writer and entrepreneur, who made many important contrib...

  • Château Peyredoulle

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

  • Château Grand-Jean

    The DULON family have been wine-makers from father to son for more than 250 years, although there...

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Bordeaux on Snooth

  • So, Valentine's Day has arrived at last.  We went out for both lunch ... being a 100% Merlot from the Bordeaux region and I don't remember where her wine was from but it was somewhere in France.  Both were tasty, that's for sur Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • 1996 was a great vintage in Bordeaux. If you like wine at all, or spend time with other people who do, you should open one now with them, and save the other for another decade down the line.I've had '96s from Latour (and Les Forts), La Mission Haut Brion, Margaux, Mouton Rothschild and Haut Brion. For some reason not yet Lafite. They were all ab... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Would like to get some honest...


  • I would take up the challenge, but it is so easy to poke holes in a simple ... ... in your quality right-bank Bordeaux's or in your Rhone wines perforce makes them good for food, they're European after all...B-)But compare a weak plonkish pinot blanc to a Loire sauvignon blanc and one competes with food while the other disappears.IMH Read More

    Forum post in the topic No clue about Wine Terminology


  • Nope. When he wants an 82 Bordeaux or an older Cali Cab, he just pops over to China and picks up a few cases. They're much fresher. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Very very nice... Wanna Share??


  • Had that 1992 Hobbs last night, along with a tired 2000 Mourvedre from CA and a ... A ringer for a really good Bordeaux. Nice, still ripe, mature, resolved, from a great vintage, wish I had mor Read More

    Forum post in the topic Very very nice... Wanna Share??


  • DRC Richeboug poured just fine. Circa 1980. - whoops sorry for the France ... ... ... and storable Cabernet or Bordeaux win Read More

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  • The '80 thru '84 vertical, all reserve, was last year.  Still in excellent condition, though one (the '84) had peaked and another ('81) was getting there. Won't know until I have my last bottles whether those were bottle issues or definitively the vintages.Chalone from the last decade and a half bears little resemblance to that from its earlier ... Read More

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  • I said CA, dmcker!  Ok, so Chalone aged well, congrats.  I have had more go the other way.  I rather hedge my bets toward some level of success.  When have you last tasted those 80's from Chalone, and what was your impression? Read More

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  • Next time I do an '80s vertical from Chalone I won't invite you, NG!  ;-) Ditto on the DRCs form the '90s, or does France get a pass? Read More

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  • I respect all of your opinions.  I usually act based on my own experience.  I, personally, would never hold any CA pinot for 10+ years.  That is just based on my own experience.  Granted, I have not tasted or held ALL CA pinots.  But have held enough to realize that, at least for me, they lose something beyond 10yrs.  I tend to drink them within... Read More

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