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...

  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Burger Grape

  • 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 de Beauregard-Ducourt

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

  • Château Lamothe de Haux

    Château Lamothe has belonged to the family since 1956. Château Sauvage was added in 1978 and Chât...

  • Château Franc Cardinal

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

  • 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 Peyredoulle

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

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Bordeaux on Snooth

  • Zufrieden, Pontet is currently available to purchase on winedotcom ... wine ... wine crowd doesn't bring Bordeaux anymore. 13yrs ago Pontet was $65 MAX max on a great year. Now well over $300. and as to who is elevating the price and demand? Beats me.? I also have always liked a Pontet. -William Event... RSVP.&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic I can get you Chateau...


  • MJET, sounds like this Left Bank Bordeaux should be in your wheelhouse, and it's more or less in your locale (more than any of the rest of us, anyhow). Have you had some before? Very good wine, though it's become too popular and thus pricey, especially this decade. Used to be one of my dailies back in the '90s... Read More

    Forum post in the topic I can get you Chateau...


  • Speaking of a couple-of-a wines, Sandra and I poured wines again tonight at the ... I was pouring, I think the Bordeaux was the best, followed by the Zinfandel from Lodi, C Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines - Post Pictures...


  • Based in Geneva? Plenty of good food and drink in that town, though not always ... were just joking about some Bordeaux blends at a shop inside Logan while on a trip elsewhere.  ; Read More

    Forum post in the topic It seems I am off to France


  • Pavillon la Tourelle 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by LetUsTaste


  • Chateau Carbonnieux Carbonnieux Blanc Grand Cru Classe de Graves 2012

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    Well, pedigree helps... those seven centuries of development in viniculture at Chateau Carbonnieux (a Grand Cru) helped Pessac-Leognan detach itself from Graves. The 2012 Blanc Grand Vin evokes acidic green fruit (like gooseberry) with a sweet spice and even fresh snow on the nose. Entry is balanced, but retains enough acid to last a few more ... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Chateau la Garenne Pomerol 2004

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Château du Barrailh Graves Cuvée Collection Prestige 2011

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    deep garnet red, with ripe berries and spices. great for grills and barbeques Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Chateau les Lauriers de Boyrein Graves 1999

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    I obtained this bottle of wine from the website ... south of the City of Bordeaux.Chateau Les Lauriers de Boyrein is a label used by a family company called ' Vignobles Pierre Bonnet ' based at Chateau Respide in the village of Roaillon at the southern end of the appellation not far from the town of Langon.I started my bottle last night with m... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Chateau Tour Saint Laurent Saint Emilion Grand Cru 1997

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    This bottle was part of a lot I bought on the website ... largest appellation in the Bordeaux region producing around two and a half million bottles a year. It is also one of the more prestigious Bordeaux appellations and the wines were first classified in 1954 with regular revisions since.I have not been able to find out a lot about Chateau To... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


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