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

  • Château Peyredoulle

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

  • Château Haute Brande

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

  • Château Grand-Jean

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

  • Lamothe

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

  • Château Tour de Ségur

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

  • Château De Seguin

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

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  • D, the "observed" incidences of doing blinds--not anecdotes of ... a ... a Pinot during a tasting of Bordeaux.  Rather, a few lower end bottles, a few from outside the ostensible tasting group by geography or price, be mixed in.  If you are tasting Pauillac from 2005, as a taster you know just about everything from that AOC is expensive,and yo... Read More

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  • Nebbiolo is a challenge to grow elsewhere, but that's because it's a ... used to (and true also for Bordeaux, but there's other issues there); but if things go too far with warming, Piemonte could be having too many warm years instead.  Nebbiolo just needs some very specific conditions; given California's diversity of soils and weather, I thin... Read More

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  • Kramer is understandably unhappy, as Matthews uses a quote from him that goes ... night. (Go, Dubs!)  Or Bordeaux saying that everyone knows California wines can't age, then getting their heads handed to them again when the Paris frolic was repeated with the same wines years later.  (Matthews agrees that the Paris tasting probably wasn't actua... Read More

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  • "Even they cannot tell which is which."Be careful with ... the experience for Bordeaux reds with very similar results even though everyone was trying to up their game. Separately I've known a few individuals (some internationally famous, others not) able to identify chateaux or grand cru vineyards when served a glass brought from the kitchen (t... Read More

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  • Chateau Haut Redon Bordeaux France Red Cuvee 2014


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  • Jist for THOI is searched through about 600 wines from Germany (Many of them ... Winery in Napa Valley and in Bordeaux with Count Neipperg at Canon-La-Gaffeliere. At Juris, a four-story gravity flow facility treats the grapes with the utmost care from the moment that they enter the building. Juris only uses estate fruit from their 17 hectares ... Read More

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  • Chateau d'Aiguilhe Cotes de Castillon 2010


    John Talbot, we love ye. You may have lost the Battle of Castillon (July 17, ... least, but is delicious now. Bordeaux communes take note. 90 point Read More

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  • Duncan, I'm with Dave on this.  Yes, they have a monitoring agency, ... into Burgundy, Syrah into Bordeaux, which used to be the accepted practice...), although it would be harder to do now.  Of course, hard to know how you would regulate wines like CdP, which can have anything in it as long as its grown within those borders... but a vintner m... Read More

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  • Chateau Cantemerle Haut-Medoc 2012


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