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

  • 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...

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 Maison Blanche

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

  • Alexis Lichine

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

  • Château Peyredoulle

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

  • Château Grand-Jean

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

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Bordeaux on Snooth

  • There was a conversation on WB started on this topic...I had always assumed ... of the 1st growth chateau in Bordeaux, of 0.3% - 0.8% every 20 years. That number sounded reasonable to me, but I'm not aware of the facts surrounding this.I kind of figure old wines would run hot if the tannins and fruit mellowed over time with the alcohol remaini... Read More

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  • We tried one of our Barren Ridge 2009 Meritage wines tonight with some ... ... but there are other 'Bordeaux type blends' that I prefer more. &nbs Read More

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  • Badge,It's true that the majority of wine is meant to drink nearly immediately.  Some may require more decanting than others.  For fuller bodied reds, a few years actually is a better way to go.  Sometimes inexpensive bottles can be fantastic if you let them sit for five or six years (or more).  I have also had the opposite.  A Catena Malbec fro... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Single Varietal vs. Bordeaux...

  • GregT it's my experience that wines sold in the 10,15, 20 dollar price range are for drinking now or in the very near future. When you start getting into the 50 dollar and up price range you are more apt to find cellar worthy bottles that should appreciate with age in terms of quality. Cellaring a lesser cost bottle of wine is a waste of money a... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Single Varietal vs. Bordeaux...

  • Marquis de St Vincent Medoc 2012


    This bottle of wine was on special offer for £6 at my local supermarket before ... ... north of the City of Bordeaux but the AOC of that name created in 1936 for red wines only refers to 16 communes at the northern end. The area is sometimes called the Bas-Medoc or Lower Medoc as opposed to the Haut-Medoc or Upper Medoc [though not on wine lab... Read More

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  • Thanks GREGT,The list is of Vineyards and unfortunately they will be sold and consumed before maturity. Demand vs...I would also like to suggest that the best Produced 2012 burgundy CA wines will mature and develop with Cellar Time. @ the 50$,,I wish I could try a Pommard- Pisoni 2012 in 2028... My opinion.  worth the wait...  and fingers crosse... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Single Varietal vs. Bordeaux...

  • AoK - it's not that difficult if you think about the history. In Europe, ... ... Closest to England was Bordeaux, so they shipped.But they shipped wines from inland, not wines grown in Bordeaux, at least initially. It was a port, not a winemaking place. Big reds were basically peasant wines and the bigges ones were mostly from hotter regions ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Aspiring wine lover

  • Al, I may have misled you. Right Bank and Left Bank are both within the Bordeaux. They are not official designations but, rather, convenient informal geographic descriptions.  The "Right Bank" describes the area to the immediate north of the Dordogne River just before it flows into the Gironde Estuary.  The most famous "Right Bank" AOCs are Pome... Read More

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  • I think Greg mentioned St. Emillion as an example.  It's fairly ... You could get a Bordeaux style blend, also called Meritage, from California or Washington that would be similar.  Read More

    Forum post in the topic Aspiring wine lover

  • Those are vineyards right? Used by several producers if I'm not mistaken? ... own against many wines from Bordeaux. Cost about $3 a bottle. Today it's about $10. Nobody cellars it but they'd be pleasantly surprised if they did.Those Pinot Noirs are about $50. Will they turn into something better than they are today? The only way to know is to ... Read More

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