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 de Beauregard-Ducourt

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

  • Château de Parenchere

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

  • Château Grand-Jean

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

  • Alexis Lichine

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

  • 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 Moulin du Terrier Bordeaux 2012

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    Wine review by calywa


  • Château Sauman Red Bordeaux Blend Côtes de Bourg 2012

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    Wine review by calywa


  • Chateau Sainte Barbe Merlot 2009

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    Wine review by calywa


  • It's true that stainless steel existed, but the term then and still now ... ... but for serious wine in Bordeaux in 1961, after which it was quickly taken up by other French producers. I don't know that history for certain though.It was championed by Emile Peynaud and by Americans, but for different reasons. The Americans pointed out that it ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic White Burgundy Question


  • Chateau Saint-Marc Margaux 2000

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    This bottle was part of a lot I bought on the website ... miles north of the City of Bordeaux.It is the largest appellation on the Medoc peninsular and the home of 21 cru classe in the 1855 classification. Chateau Saint-Marc is not one of them but a small family concern.It consists of 70% cabernet sauvignon and 30% merlot and was aged in oak ba... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Ch Haut Maurac Cru Bourgeois Medoc 2009

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    This is a wine that has aged wonderfully and will sit for 2-3 more years, surprising for the classification. Plenty of dark berry fruit here, spice and pepper with chocolate and a sweet dark cherry tannic rush. The tannins are well balanced with still lively acidity, which for it's age and classification is amazing in itself. Drinking well right... Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • It is interesting how effective a vessel cement is. I heard an interview with ... of Vieux Chateau Certan in Bordeaux, where he said cement is the best for fermentations, but we don't use it. Struck me as very interesting. Maybe it's an aesthetic/labor motivated decisio Read More

    Forum post in the topic White Burgundy Question


  • Chateau Quinault l'Enclos Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2006

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    This bottle of wine was part of a lot I bought from 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 appellations.The wines were first classified in 1954 with regular revisions since and Chateau Quinault got Grand Cro status confirmed again ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • It should be said that aging a decent Cabernet 10 years should not be an issue ... we're talking classified Bordeaux, pretty much all would improve with 10-20 years of age.I was at a party for my kids preschool and brought along a '12 Scarlett that could have used another couple years of age at least, along with a lower serving temperature, bu... Read More

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  • "OT, why let a Zinfandel get so old?  I thought they tended to peak ... ... no different from crap Bordeaux varietals or crap anything else. And crap to start with so opening the bottle at any time after they leave the winery only leads to disappointmen Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


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