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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  • 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...

  • Sémillon

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

  • Burger Grape

  • 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...

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...

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  • Château de Parenchere

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

  • Lamothe

    We had this wine while in the Bahamas and loved it. Would like to know where we can purchase it...

  • Château Maison Blanche

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

  • 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...

  • Château Franc Cardinal

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

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Bordeaux on Snooth

  • Sounds like it's time for a party.  I've had a few wines from ... ... from ... I think I like the Bordeaux region of France the best.  I really enjoy Bordeaux-style wines from the states too.&nbs Read More

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  • Haven't had that Pomerol. What else do you have stored away?And congrats to ... over a bottle or three of Bordeaux or other.Glad to see you bac Read More

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  • I really do not know what I have,except they are a mix of Burg and Bord. The are laying horizontal in wooden crates stacked up so access is not particularly easy. But then I planned not to touch them for a long time.The storage I believe is adequate as the basement stays cool year-round. I believe them to be good wines in an OK year but not grea... Read More

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  • Hi All-Have not had a chance to get on here for a while. After my daughter was ... buying 98s from Bugundy and Bordeaux as I came across them. A couple days ago I opened one for the first time to celebrate her getting into the USC drama school. All of a sudden we're Trojan football fans. Funny how that works. Anyway the wine was big, opened up... Read More

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  • "the southernmost extremes of Ontario are actually further south than Bordeaux"I love shit like this.  As if the only thing that mattered was latitude.  (Or soil, or mean daily temperature, or... take your pick.) Has this writer ever been to either place?  I haven't been to Bordeaux, but I know that area in Ontario and Western NY pretty well.  L... Read More

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  • It's because of the likes of GDP and Snooth regulars like us, among many ... ... it while talking about Bordeaux and Burgundy and Napa reds and even Australian shiraz instead. Prices were still reasonable up through the end of the '90s then started upticking last decade and the curve has steepened this. I was able to buy a lot of good bottles... Read More

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  • Bordeaux style bottles are a better alternative.  Screw caps better still--you store the wine standing up, none of this "keeping the cork wet" stuff.  Of course, if you took them out of their cardboard cases, you could have a dominos-falling effect, but you could just use regular garage shelves in your cellar then.  Or a regular fridge, more or ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Cellar Malfunctions/Repairs


  • Fox, I disagree that Burgundy is for impressing your friends. Besides, ... ... Burgundies, and compared to Bordeaux the prized vineyards and wines are small and low production. However, if you enjoy drinking Burgundy, there's a way to do it well without spending any more than the $30-60+ CA wines that fill up most of these boards. Maybe I shou... Read More

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  • OT, I'm not saying you should come around.  Where you live, there are ... ... to a classed growth from Bordeaux.  And a Smith Madrone, Hendry, or Turnbull can look like a bargain. Funny thing is that many of your friends in the biz drink mostly Euro--Mike was talking up one of his favorite Italian whites last time I saw him.  Lot of Burg-o-phi... Read More

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  • Okay, I still disagree.  We have a good selection of European wines here, ... ... wine stores, K&L for Bordeaux, North Berkeley for Burgundy, WineHouse for Burgundy and Bordeaux, Kermit Lynch for Rhones, Flatiron for Italian and Sherry, Wally's and Woodland Hills for many things... but all those would require leaving Napa and Sonoma.  The Port... Read More

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