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...

  • Burger Grape

  • 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...

  • 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 Franc Cardinal

    This estate was originally owned by Jean-Louis Lacour but he sent most of his production to a n...

  • Château de Beauregard-Ducourt

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

  • Château Maison Blanche

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

  • Château De Seguin

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

  • Alexis Lichine

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

  • Malesan

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

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Bordeaux on Snooth

  • Château Leoville Poyferre St. Julien 2003

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    nose of rich dark fruits; oaky, plummy, floral bouquet, very long finish. develops well, and still seductive! Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Château Beau-Site Red Bordeaux Blend St. Estèphe 2009

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    floral and fruity nose; fine oak and spices Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Chateaux Lamothe de Haux Cadillac Cotes de Bordeaux Rouge 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by jose pendas


  • Chateaux Lamothe de Haux Cadillac Cotes de Bordeaux Rouge 2014

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    Plenty of fruit here, blackberry, but some red plum also. Spice, chewy medium tannins and balanced acidity. Mouth watering juicy pop at the end. Give it another 12 months. Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Chateau Lamothe de Haux Cadillac Cotes de Bordeaux Rouge 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by jose pendas


  • The thing about French wine,to borrow a sporting or military term is that there ... ... from the Sainte-Foy-Bordeaux appellation which was an exquisite claret deserving of four and a half snooth glasses.I also gave four and a half glasses to a gamay  by Henri de Villars from the Coteaux du Lyonnais.I gave five glasses to a Marcillac from Domai... Read More

    Forum post in the topic FRENCH WINES one MUST...


  • Chateau Carbonneau 'La Verriere'Sainte Foy Bordeaux 2011

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £15 from a wine merchant in Sussex.The Sainte-Foy-Bordeaux appellation was created in 1937,although there has been viticulture here for centuries,for red,white and rose wines from four communes around the medieval fortified village of Sainte-Foy-la-Grande.The village is named after an early Christian martyr and i... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Chateau Brane-Cantenac Margaux France Bordeaux 2006

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    felt that this wine has reach its prime, or even passed it, or perhaps I came across a flawed bottle. brickish red with slight brown-grey hints. some soy with cassis, mint and cocoa on nose, while being oaky, spicy and savoury on the palate. not fantastic, but certainly still drinkable. Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Chateau Cantemerle Haut-Médoc 2006

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    This 2006 is a very fine wine, but has been marred by too much oak; an earlier tasting showed that at least 10 years was required to tame this excess. Today ( Feb 2017) the wine is far more refined, the dry, cedar bark and blackberry nose and entry is smoother, but still quite tannic; there is a lot of oak. A tasty wine without doubt, but prod... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Château Léoville Poyferré Red Bordeaux Blend St. Julien 2004

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    this feels more "masculine" than the 2003 vintage. the same sweet nose, but yet having hints of mint, forest floor, spices, and that dewy feel after a storm.it's darkness feels foreboding, as if to deliberately hold me at bay. in all, mysterious and intriguing Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


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