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

  • Mission

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

  • Burger Grape

  • Sémillon

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Alexis Lichine

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

  • Château de Beauregard-Ducourt

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

  • Château Franc Cardinal

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

  • Château Maison Blanche

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

  • Château Grand-Jean

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

  • Château Peyredoulle

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

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Bordeaux on Snooth

  • Chateau Saint Galier Graves 2006


    This vine has a very deep red (ruby) color, but it the smell isn't much intensive. The taste is intensive, and lasts for a long time. You can clearly feel fruit flavors. Interesting, and worth trying. Read More

    Wine review by JMSkelnik

  • We as consumers tend to get caught up in trends whether we like it or not. The ... oak, much like was done in Bordeaux. Fortuitously, the Spaniards were unable to afford the expensive French oak and turned instead to American oak for cooperage. This cheaper oak imparted rich tones of vanilla and even coconut to the Spanish wines instead of the... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Tempranillo PTP II

  • Château Franc Grace-Dieu Red Bordeaux Blend St. Émilion Grand Cru 2005


    Superb Chateau Franc from a excellent vintage. For under 30 dollars you cannot surpass this bottle. Give it at least an hour in the decanter to open up, it is great now but will probably be even better in 3-5 years. I don't think this is a bottle meant for the long 10+ year aging though. It opens with notes of vanilla, butter, sage, and suga... Read More

    Wine review by valleyof7winds

  • Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou 3 2003


    No written review

    Wine review by ShellyRae

  • Chateau Petrus Pomerol 1993


    Just had "the nerve" to cork that one with same old friend and a visiting French business relation. If you ever wondered why Petrus is so expensive... after drinking it , you simply weep in extacy. Very bold attack with perfect roundness "exit". Masterfully constructed wine. We followed it with a 95 Grand-Puy Ducasse that had the same vein of fl... Read More

    Wine review by Fianchetto

  • Château Latour Pauillac Premiere Cru Classé 1977


    Corked this one with longtime friend recovering from a heart attack... with somptuous dinner. Was simply "perfect", still full bodied with a perfect "exit". Proving "LaTour's worth and value" in any real collector's wine cellar.Pierre J Bedard Read More

    Wine review by Fianchetto

  • Château le Crock Red Bordeaux Blend St. Estèphe 2002


    I tried this along with a Rothchild Haute Medoc and it truly was better than ... great in the sense. It is a Bordeaux with all of its trappings, not overly oaky, but not too light. I highly recommend trying thi Read More

    Wine review by jhack287

  • Château Talbot Red Bordeaux Blend St. Julien 2004


    No written review

    Wine review by Iceycake

  • Château Labory de Tayac Red Bordeaux Blend Margaux 1999


    Nice red brick color.Full, intense & long.Flavours around old strawberries, tannins well melted...It was a good surprise to find this Margaux Cru Bourgeois at 39 in a restaurant in Limoges (France).Ready to drink like it was waiting for you! I enjoyed it with a big rare entrecôte... Read More

    Wine review by Olivier

  • Ok please don't shoot me. I am Canadian. :-) This is an observation that I have ... ... was a Mouton Cadet white Bordeaux. In hindsight that was probably a bold one to begin with. I can remember thinking it was a bit tart, almost sour tasting. Which now, using my expanded wine vocabulary, would today say was citrusy. But I didnt stop there.... Read More

    Forum post in the topic A Matter of Taste

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