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...

  • 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

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

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

  • 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...

  • Malesan

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

  • Château Timberlay

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

  • Château de Beauregard-Ducourt

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

  • Alexis Lichine

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

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Bordeaux on Snooth

  • Mauvais Garcon Bad Boy 2009

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    Wine review by Stubs66


  • Mauvais Garcon Bad Boy 2009

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    Wine review by Stubs66


  • here are some of the wine we drank Saturday night listening to some rockin' ... very, very good as was the Bordeaux. The BV represented the varietal well and was surprising and the TLV Rose was heartier that most but seemed to lack cohesio Read More

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  • Opened this cheap Bordeaux (probably my last one from a case I had bought earlier this year) last night while the power was out for a short time.  We sat out on the deck with our new French-style table & two chairs and enjoyed the quiet.  No air conditioners running, nobody opening their fridge for fear that the power wasn't coming back quickly.... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines - Post Pictures...


  • The problem with poor or underperforming red Bordeaux years is they have a hard time ripening the grapes. In those same vintages like '13, the whites are generally very good. But your right, testing the waters for yourself can sometimes have its rewards. Read More

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  • We stopped by Trader Joe's this afternoon and I spotted this fine Bordeaux wine....well.....it's from Margaux so it can't be too bad.  I paid $21 and it's resting quietly in my wine rack right now. Read More

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  • I am somewhat naive, given my lack of intelligence.  Be that as it may, I ... back for another glass of Bordeaux (100 % Merlot in this case) actually proposed to his fiance at the event.  I got a great picture of them after she showed us the ring.  He was building up his courage I suppose.  The weather was perfect and Sandra was there to help ... Read More

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  • Last night we dined in the district (Washington DC) and enjoyed a play at the ... for myself (with a glass of Bordeaux from the wine list).  The food is very tasty and those mussels are unique - charred outer shells and soft meat insid Read More

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  • Chateau Cantemerle Haut-Medoc 2013

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    Wine review by Stubs66


  • Chateau Micalet Cru Artisan Haut Medoc 2001

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    I bought two bottles of this wine on the website ... miles north of the City of Bordeaux.It is an umbrella appellation because it includes several smaller but more prestigious appellations such as Pauillac and Margaux. Winemaking really got started here at the end of the 17th century when Dutch engineers drained the salt marshes and it now incl... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


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