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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Mission

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • 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

  • 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...

  • 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 Seguin

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

  • Château Maison Blanche

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

  • Château Lamothe de Haux

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

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Bordeaux on Snooth

  • Château Saint-Antoine Red Bordeaux Blend Bordeaux Supérieur Cuvée Etienne 2010


    Barnyard first, black fruit second. I could pick up the licorice and cedar combo which gave me the barnyard feel. Medium red color...I expected much darker. Black plum present, as well. I bought this in France. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899

  • Richard  I also like syrah and do not want to make you jealous but I have ... ... at are the right bank in Bordeaux [apart from some Saint Emilions and Pomerols ],the Southern Rhone [apart from Chateauneuf] and Languedoc/south-west There are also good value for money wines to be had in the Loire valley and in Beaujolais.Not all Burgundies are ... Read More

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  • But comrades, the northern Rhone has always been very good as many of you ... ... course - but that is true of Bordeaux and many of the other regions mentioned above.My recommendation?  Head south, young person.  The Southern Rhone - with the possible exception of Chateauneuf-de-Pape - remains a bargain.Cheers!  Read More

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  • Burgundy is Bordeaux demand x 2 with 1/4 of the production, mas o menos.Everything's getting expensive Fox!Gotta save those pennies amid all the spending. Read More

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  • St Joe is one of the most underrated regions IMO. Crozes too actually - I have ... ... is kind of a reaction to Bordeaux, whereas Hermitage used to be put INTO Bordeaux.So people who objected to the large corporate ownership of the huge Bordeaux estates, and who objected to Parker for whatever emotional or philosophical reason, looked at Burgu... Read More

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  • Except that it depends on where in Bordeaux you're talking about. It's a huge place and the various subregions can be quite different. I had a number of 2009s that were around 15% alcohol and they're not in need of much aging, particularly from St. Emilion.That said, we just started 2015. A 2009 anything from anywhere isn't that old except for m... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Bordeaux En Primeur

  • Verdillac Bordeaux 2012


    Good everyday red wine. Read More

    Wine review by dylanjmcdonald

  • We finished off the Ridge cab last evening while watching the President's ... and Sandra had some type of Bordeaux wine.  It was a nice evening with us getting home just as the President walked up to the podium. &nbs Read More

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  • Well said... Read More

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  • They will last a *lot* longer, if that's your concern. I wouldn't be drinking most any of them yet, even the modernized labels. In the past, five years was only a chance for them to settle down before beginning proper maturing, which could go on for decades depending on the label. Now so many labels are trying to make themselves available earlie... Read More

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