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...

  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

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 Timberlay

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

  • Lamothe

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

  • Alexis Lichine

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

  • Château Maison Blanche

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

  • Château Haute Brande

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

  • Château Tour de Ségur

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

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Bordeaux on Snooth

  • Chateau Capelle Bordeaux Blanc 2011

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    Sauvignon blanc, 55%, Muscadelle, 25% and Semillon, 20% A touch smoky on the nose and stony with firm, dried fruit framed aromas of citrus. Big and fairly broad in the mouth with a nice array of stony citrus fruits and hints of pollen and honeycomb on the palate. This has both some richness in the mouth and an edge of austerity that help drive t... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Chateau Ferbos Graves Blanc 2011

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    Reticent on the nose with more of a minerally, gravelly note under aromas of dried green fruits and hint of fennel and honey. Smooth and seamless in the mouth with an herbal cast to the flavors along with a rather firm mineral spine that drives this across the plate. Not fruit driven, there is a nice array of subtle flavors here and this shows a... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Chateau de Castelnau Entre-Deux-Mers Blanc 2012

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    Sauvignon Blanc 40%, Semillon 40%, Muscadelle 20% Tight and waxy on the nose with subtle hints of red fruit, clay earth, and leathery dried herbs. Bright on entry, this shows some serious richness and volume in the mouth. Just a lovely mouthfeel, rich but bright delivering subtle fruit flavors that range from quince to gooseberry, white cherry a... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Chateau la Perriere Semillon Bordeaux Blanc 2012

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    Tight on the nose with hints of apples and green herbs. Aromatically this is decidedly restrained, and in the mouth one finds a subtle wine but one that blends a fine edge of richness and bright acid support quite well. This does have quite a nice weight in the mouth, never ponderous nor dull, with waxy fruit and hints of apricot on the palate f... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Chateau Chataigniere 2012

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    I attended a wedding at the weekend where this wine was served with the meal. It is an AOC Bordeaux from the negociant house of Calvet but I have been unable to find out much more about it. There was some blackcurrant and plum style fruit there but it was fairly tannic so perhaps it could do with some more bottle age. It is far from being one of... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Chateau Clos la Chapelle Cadillac Cotes de Bordeaux France 2011

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    On removing the cork prepare for a nose feast...and in the mouth magnificence. Read More

    Wine review by rpm5


  • Dunn's almost getting ready to drink. Curious how you find the Leoville ... ... of my distancing from Bordeaux, though it was the single region I'd drank the most of in my life to that point. Was buying for a rooftop BBQ today. Buy, transport, pop and pour, something I try to avoid for real wine. Today was a case of Cremant d'Alsace, a case o... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Chateau Argadens Bordeaux Superieur 2009

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    Served in Business First Class on United international and it was very nice nose and stood up to tandoori chicken. Read More

    Wine review by annettefri


  • EMark - You might want to check out some Malbec from Argentina for a ... past ... past the far Western edge of Bordeau Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Chateau Senejac 2010

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    Looking for a wine that reflects Bordeaux to a tee, this is a good exemplar; the strong - if I may be so bold - manly flavours of kirsch, cassis liqueur and medium body coffee are all here. The nose is forward and the entry is full of Cabernet power with a finish that is long and invigorating. May age a few years yet. 89 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


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