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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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...

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Bordeaux View all

  • 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 Parenchere

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

  • Alexis Lichine

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

  • Château Haute Brande

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

  • Château Tour de Ségur

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

  • Château Grand-Jean

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

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Bordeaux on Snooth

  • Château Cantenac Brown Red Bordeaux Blend Margaux 2006


    Floral red fruit and kirsch aromas.Dark cherry fruit on the elegant palate. Smooth and easy-drinking. A very good wine with lots of pure fruit. I am smitten! Read More

    Wine review by RBoulanger

  • Château la Tour de By Red Bordeaux Blend Médoc 2006


    Tobacco and animal noseTobacco and red fruit continue on the palate. Lots of animal and rustic notes.A very tannic finish. I really liked it, but this wine is not for everyone. Read More

    Wine review by RBoulanger

  • Chateau Greysac Medoc Premier 2006


    Ruby coloredVery light wine with anise and red fruit. Elegant and soft. Good value. Read More

    Wine review by RBoulanger

  • Château la Lagune Red Bordeaux Blend Haut-Médoc 2006


    Smoky nose with hints of anise.Sweet currant and black fruit on the palate. Some of the anise from the nose too.A very strong effort from La Lagune. Read More

    Wine review by RBoulanger

  • Les Allees de Cantemerle 2006


    Black fruit and spice on this elegant nose.Soft black fruit on the palate - a touch thin. A smooth and balanced wine with a very good finish. Cantemerle has surprised me! In a blind tasting, I might call this a Margaux. Read More

    Wine review by RBoulanger

  • Château Camensac Red Bordeaux Blend Haut-Médoc 2006


    A complex nose of animal, black cherry and even fart (!) aromas.Anise and black cherry across the palate. Good fruit with a smooth finish. A very good effort - slightly more rustic than the fruitier Chateau Beaumont tasted at the same time. Read More

    Wine review by RBoulanger

  • Château Beaumont Red Bordeaux Blend Haut-Médoc 2006


    A great value from Haut Medoc.A chocolate and vanilla nose.Soft and elegant with lots of sweet red berry fruit and beautiful tannins on the finish. This is a simple wine, but its very good. If only all Haut Medoc could be this good (and reasonably priced). Read More

    Wine review by RBoulanger

  • Château Poujeaux Red Bordeaux Blend Moulis En Médoc 2006


    Slightly disappointing.Ruby colored wine with lots of tobacco and odd spices on the nose. Very meaty and gamey on the palate with notes of cigar. Read More

    Wine review by RBoulanger

  • Château Chasse-Spleen 2006


    Red fruit nose with soft floral and anise notes.Red fruit continues across the palate. It is soft and elegant - a very easy-drinking wine. The finish is a little bit too tannic and firm right now, but that should smooth out with age.There's a reason Chasse-Spleen is seen as the best of Moulis-en-Medoc. The wines do not disappoint! Read More

    Wine review by RBoulanger

  • Château Fourcas Hosten Red Bordeaux Blend Listrac-Médoc 2006


    Animal, leather and wood on the powerful nose.A dry attack with some fruit. Too dry for me. Read More

    Wine review by RBoulanger

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