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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Sémillon

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Burger Grape

  • 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...

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

  • Lamothe

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

  • 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...

  • Malesan

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

  • Alexis Lichine

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

  • Château Timberlay

    Château Timberlay (appellation Bordeaux Supérieur) is located in Saint-Andre-de-Cubzac. It symbol...

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Bordeaux on Snooth

  • Chateau Bonnet Blanc 2005


    A great "House Wine." Simple yet a great companion with fish or meat. Read More

    Wine review by jwavideo

  • Château Haut Rian Bordeaux 2004


    I love this wine for any time of the day. The big minerals and pastoral flavors delicately play on the tongue and refresh you with big flowery bouquets. Delightful! Read More

    Wine review by jathompson

  • Pavillon Blanc du Chateau Margaux Blanc 2006


    Complexity keeps you coming back again and again to the glass and each time, it's completely different! Butterscotch nose along with rich minerals. Delightfully balanced acidity. A work of art. Read More

    Wine review by jathompson

  • Clos de la Vieille Eglise Cotes de Castillon 2002


    This falls under the category "you get what you pay for." For this price, you get an average table wine to drink with food. I would not drink it alone as the finish has some bitterness. Definitely not one for a 'pop and pour', it is awful at that time. Amazing how much it changes after 1 hr of sitting in my glass. The pluses: nice ruby col... Read More

    Wine review by winolee

  • Yquem 1998


    Un vin, tout simplement, un vin incroyable, tout en douceur, en caractère, en ensemble. Un moment magique que je ne suis pas près d'oublier. C'est à tirer les larmes.À 180$ présentement la demie!!!.., goûter au Yquem pour ceux qui ne l'ont pas encore fait.S'il y'a meileur que Yquem, c'est surement un autre Yquem.C'est long et il tapisse la bouch... Read More

    Wine review by Melchizedek109

  • Pauillac de Latour Red Bordeaux Blend Pauillac 2001


    Vin avec une belle une robe grenat foncé. Nez assez puissant qui s'ouvre sur des notes végétales. Le tout est complété par des effluves de vanille, de fruits rouges et d'épices. Ce rouge possédant une agréable fraîcheur et doté de tannins vraiment charnus. Offrant une bouche ample, il est assez soutenu en finale.Il vaut son coût (34$). Laisser b... Read More

    Wine review by Melchizedek109

  • St Estèphe-Château Cos Labory-5° Cru Classé 2003


    No written review

    Wine review by acCELLARate

  • Cos d'Estournel 2005


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    Wine review by fiddlehead

  • Château Greysac Red Bordeaux Blend Médoc 2003


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    Wine review by 40798ttutony 40798 ttutony

  • Josephine de Boyd Red Bordeaux Blend Margaux 2000


    high taste Read More

    Wine review by Primat106

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