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...

  • 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...

  • Mission

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

  • Merlot

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

  • Sémillon

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

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 Bordeaux appellation created in 1936,although there has been viticu...

  • 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 Franc Cardinal

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

  • 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 De Seguin

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

  • Malesan

    Malesan is a company based on the Bordeaux Left Bank, selling quality wines that meet the criteri...

  • Château de Beauregard-Ducourt

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

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Bordeaux on Snooth

  • Al,Canoehead (cellar tracker handle) was there!  He just completed his ... It's a blend of the five Bordeaux varieties. I was lucky that three of the four bottles were identical (glass, colour and shape), the Washington was a bit taller.  When they were bagged I only knew which was the Washington.  I could have got Terri to do it, but wasn't a... Read More

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  • Chateau Cinc-Hilhs Cotes de Bordeaux Saint-Macaire 2011

    Snoothrank:

    I bought this bottle of wine for £6 from a shop in London [www.thesampler.co.uk].Cotes de Bordeaux Saint-Macaire is a tiny appellation [only 65 hectares under vine] originally created in 1937,although there has been viticulture here for centuries,for white wines [dry and sweet] from 10 communes around the small medieval town of Saint-Macaire.Thi... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • I love blind tastings but I'm usually the one pouring so I know which is ... a very nice British Columbia Bordeaux blend.  Is this a friend of yours?  "11/13/2017 - CANOEHEAD LIKES THIS WINE:93 PointsA generous friend popped this beauty after a four-bottle Cab Sauv blind tasting. A real stunner - great complexity and balance. Right in its wind... Read More

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  • We enjoyed a nice Bordeaux (red) and Burgundy (white) at The Wine House last night, along with steak and scallops for dinner.  Then it was the student fall dance performance at George Mason University.  Nice evening out in the very cold weather (as in freezing).   Read More

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  • Frank Phelan Saint-Estephe 2011

    Snoothrank:

    I bought this bottle of wine for 10 euros at the end of my last trip to France. ... France. Saint Estephe is a Bordeaux appellation that was created in 1936[although viticulture in the area goes back centuries], for red wines from the single commune around the village of that name in the north of the Medoc peninsular. Frank Phelan was created i... Read More

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  • I opened a Lion de Suduiraut 2013.  Not particularly good.  It was cheap, though.  Although I did not have easy access to any of the wines that they were tasting, I did want to try to get into the spirit.  On the other hand, I wasn't going to go deep into the cellar and pull out anything special.The conversation was somewhat informative. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Sweet Bordeaux VT


  • DM - Both Sandra and I enjoyed the Guiraud sweet wine.  I would buy it again if I were looking for a sweet wine.  I could taste apricots and similar fruit.  Read More

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  • EM - I doubt we'll get that far south.  Yes, I did live in Torrance and Redondo Beach.  Also El Segundo (near the beach), Granada Hills in the San Fernando Valley prior to that.  Maybe you and the wife will want to travel up the coast to Napa?   Read More

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  • Good times.  I saw EM was in the discussion.  Anyone else? Read More

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  • Guiraud's been reliable for me. Think I mentioned some in a multi-wine debauch nearly a year ago. How did you find it? Read More

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