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

  • Burger Grape

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

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

  • Malesan

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

  • Château Haute Brande

    The château Haute-Brande has been a family property for several generations. The property was cr...

  • Baron Philippe De Rothschild

    Since 1933, Baron Philippe de Rothschild SA, located at Pauillac in the Médoc, has been motivated...

  • Château De Seguin

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

  • Château Tour de Ségur

    Area : 28 hectares of red varietals Soil : Majority clay-limestone on limestone shelf with clay-s...

  • Château Maison Blanche

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

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Bordeaux on Snooth

  • Château Chasse-Spleen 2012


    Moderately apparent oak greets the nose which is a bit sweet and nutty. Lean and a bit high in acid on entry, then this fleshes out in the mouth with soft tannins and fairly plump fruit. It's a bit on the simple and soft side. 84pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Château la Cabanne 2010


    Less ripe on the nose, complex but savory with a hint of coffee sweetness but overall rather herbal. Lighter styled, and a bit tight in the mouth with some fruit showing but this feels austere in the mouth and without much flesh. Dry, with some fresh fruit on the finish but then turning quite dry again. 85pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Chateau Dufort Viviens 2009


    Smoky, stemmy, and quite herbaceous on the nose with some smoked paprika and dried bouillon aromas. Soft, juicy, and simple in the mouth though with bright, fresh blackberry fruit that carries an innate seethes. Right and fresh with an innate sweetness to fruit. Showing fairly ripe and a bit fruitcake spicy. 86pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Chateau Citran 2010


    Leafy, bright and fresh on the nose with berry aromas in a lighter scale. Very fresh, pure and easy going in the mouth with good fruit that shows a touch of herbal nuance. rather small scaled but well balanced and easy to drink. 86pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Chateau Talbot 2008


    Shoe polish and leather dominate the tight and inexpressive nose. While this is a bit easy going, smooth, and moderately rich in the mouth it lacks some detail early on the palate, though it does gain a little olive accent to the berry fruit on the backend, it remains mostly details and a bit anonymous with a bit of a coffee cream finish. textu... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • La Bastide Dauzac. Andre Lurton 2011


    A bit herbal on the nose with the oak slightly prominent at this stage. There's ... modest scale with classic Bordeaux proportions and a fine core of black currant and black berry fruit supported by dry fruit tannins and finishing with some woody tannins. 87p Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Ferriere 2009


    Smoky, mineral and herb laden aromatics are very classic bordeaux. Smooth on entry, this thins out a bit in the mouth remaining lighter bodied and not too tannic with both fruit and inner mouth perfumes that arrives late in the mouth. A touch astringent on the finish with delicate flavors of lingonberry and red currant. A short to mid-term ager... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • La Tour Carnet 2009


    Sweet and smoky on the nose with nice underlying earth tones though a fair amount of oak. Medium full in the mouth thus shows lots of brightness to the fruit Fine grained tannins are well balanced, and while this won't make old bones but has plenty of satisfying blackcurrant fruit, though this remains a bit on the youthfully woody side today. 87pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Chateau de Camensac 1994


    Lovely with herb and earth on the nose, then bit of mineral, in a classic style and with attractive complexity. Fresh, juicy and very refreshing in the mouth, not an ager but perhaps over the shorter terms this offers sweet red berry fruit and well balanced if modest structure. 87pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Gazin 2010


    Subtle on the nose with aromas of dried flowers, fresh fruit,leather, oak, and dried herb seeds come together not he rather classic nose. Lighter styled in the mouth and both fresh and elegant with nice purity to the fruit which has a nice mineral overlay on the palate. The tannins really emerge on the backend, this is not a big wine but a comp... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

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