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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  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Mission

    The Mission or Pais grape was the first Vitis vinifera vine planted in North America. From 1697 until well into the 1...

  • Sémillon

    History of the grape: Little is documented about the early years of this grape, which is surprising due to its distin...

  • Burger Grape

  • 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...

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  • Alexis Lichine

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

  • Château de Parenchere

    Situated in the eastern edge of the Bordeaux wine growing area, the Château de Parenchère vineyar...

  • Château Maison Blanche

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

  • Château Grand-Jean

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

  • Château de Beauregard-Ducourt

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

  • Château Franc Cardinal

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

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  • Just received some early '14 Bordeaux's.  A couple to stash for a few months and a couple of early drinkers:The Graves (X4) and D'Arce (X2) are early drinkers and the Lillian Ladouys (X3) and the Dreyem Valentin (X2) will sit for a few months.  Expect to purchase more of the Ladouys and if the dr Lindiras Graves is as good I hope it is, more of ... Read More

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  • I seem to recall that relocation a while back, but 'tis a small matter for him, being a broth of a boy!Z. Read More

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  • I have had and enjoyed a number of 98 right bank clarets.I even had a 98 Pomerol  a Chateau Haut Ferrand which was very good.. Pomerol [and Saint Emilion ] is often considered the spiritual home of the merlot grape although it is usually blended with a little cabernet franc Read More

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  • Zuf, Greg gave up on NYC awhile back.  ;-)   Do you benefit from ... ... is a very good year for Bordeaux. There are arguments about whether it's better for the right or left bank, but they're best solved by first-person taste tests, IMH Read More

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  • Glad to be in a position to get your attention.  I'll try to keep them coming.  Gold old NYC.Z. Read More

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  • But they are them, I am me.I like it!Welcome back BLM! Read More

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  • I have a number of 2005 Pomerol (inter alia), but, as some have said, "not that one."  However, I no longer drink much from this region as the produce has become too over-priced.  It is not so much a matter of being able to buy the juice, but rather an ethical one;, viz. I can get better for less and share with friends for much less.My Chinese n... Read More

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  • Congrats on USC, maybe we'll see you in LA some time in the future. As it happens, a few of us are dining in Culver City tonight.Also curious as to what other 98's you have stashed away. Seem to recall that being a good vintage for the Right Bank. Read More

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  • I have had  a couple of Pomerols but not that one. I must confess that I ... as a very good year in Bordeau Read More

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  • Interesting lineup--nice group of California quality-but-not-cult makers.  ... ... a particular Burgundy or Bordeaux. I've certainly had a few of those wines, or others by the winemakers.  Chappellet and Patz & Hall are rep'd by my friend the PR person.  Everything is from a pretty constrained area from Napa to the RRV (and not a ton of RRV) ex... Read More

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