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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  • 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...

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  • Alexis Lichine

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

  • Lamothe

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

  • Château de Beauregard-Ducourt

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

  • Château Tour de Ségur

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

  • 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...

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Bordeaux on Snooth

  • Chateau Pey la Tour Reserve du Chateau 2010

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    The 2010 Reserve du Chateau is a very good bottle of juice; the nose conjures up dried cherries and wet (black) earth, and the entry is very smooth with ample vanilla and tannin mid-palate. The flavour profile is dominated by cherry and perhaps some plum; finish is also quite long - although some stem intrudes - though not to great detriment of... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • EM - Too bad that Bordeaux blend didn't turn out so good.  Is it really Bordeaux, or just a Bordeaux-style blend?  I remember 'Sideways' and that pour bucket scene at the wine bar.  Very funny.  Now a Frog's Leap Zinfandel sounds like the way to go, based on my recent experience with their Cabernet Sauvignon.  Expensive wine though.  Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Good for you on helping out the waitress, RBA.  Have a great trip. ... ... ... drinking a Merlot-heavy Bordeaux blend tonight.This is a Merlot-heavy Bordeaux blend, and, frankly, it reminds me of the "bad old days of domestic Merlot"--i.e., pre-"Sideways."  Nice enough berry nose, but on the tongue, green and viney.  Oh yes, and sour around t... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • As per your OP's title, JD, next a look at CA. From the Wine ... was dominated by the Bordeaux varietals and Chardonnay Read More

    Forum post in the topic Cabernet v. Pinot and most...


  • That sounds great Miguel, I was tempted to order Delices and Gourmandises Bordeaux wines first but I wanted something richer and more complex then I chose the Gewürzt at last, I like the spiced peaches, lychees and rosewater flavours. However, I personally prefer to pair it with a classic  Alsatian meal or chinese food than Indian one. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Delices and Gourmandises...


  • Chateau Haut-Plaisance Montagne Saint-Emilion 2012

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    as smooth as it could be which is usually not the case for Bordeaux which mostly seems to present bold and strong and complex. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Today I got up early enough for the monthly 'Bikes & Breakfast ... the ... ... the Pinot Noir over this Bordeaux-style blend today.  It is a very good Pinot Noir and that's why we belong to their wine clu Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • Gloria St Julien Red Blend 2009

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    The most important thing to note about the 2009 Gloria is its power and depth; there is ample crushed wild blackberry with some cedar box on the nose... almost Napa-like in the perfumery department. Entry is slightly sweet with cherry dominating on the palate plus ample vanilla-tannin for further cellaring. Drink now through 2024. 91 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Château Pey de Pont Cru Bourgeois Civrac 2007

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    This bottle was part of a lot I bought on the website ... north of the City of Bordeaux but the AOC of that name created in 1936 only refers to 16 communes at the northern end. The area is sometimes called the Bas-Medoc or Lower- Medoc as opposed to Haut-Medoc or Upper-Medoc [though not on wine labels] There are no classed growths here and pro... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Last night was a good time and I'll consider it part of the weekend so ... ... ... 2012 Lussac-St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France.  I think this was the best wine we tasted on this night.The performance of the Odyssey: from Vietnam to America was quite good.  There was a guy playing the accordian, an instrument that I learned to play as a kid.  The... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


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