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

  • Sémillon

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

  • 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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

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 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 Maison Blanche

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

  • Château Tour de Ségur

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

  • Château de Beauregard-Ducourt

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

  • 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 la Vieille Cure Red Bordeaux Blend Fronsac 2005


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    Wine review by Nick Brown

  • Château Luciere Red Bordeaux Blend Bordeaux Clairet 2006


    This wine reminds me of all of the things I disliked about French wines when living and traveling in Europe. Most French wines are made for the table and sold at prices competitive with milk. The French really do drink wine with meals like we drink soda, milk or water. As a result, there is very little regard for whether a wine washes food down ... Read More

    Wine review by mikegriffin

  • After a four year stretch of high sales- closing with a 16 month stretch of ... auction- top flight wines (Bordeaux especially) are coming back to earth.Rather: CRASHING back to earth. Case in point: Morrell's November auction, back on the 15th- Not even closed yet. You can check it out at the following link, though I'm under the impression ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wine Auction Meltdown...

  • Chateau Nenin Red France Bordeaux Pomerol 1993


    Nice Merlot-dominant Bordeaux with a strong oakiness and very soft tannins. This is an affordable vintage of a great wine My only complaint is that there was a bit of a cork smell on the bouquet of the 375ml bottle that should not be present on the 75cl bottle. Very nice. Read More

    Wine review by tulaw

  • Château Hyot Côtes de Castillon 2005


    This is a value wine. It is a top Bordeaux in this price range. More Merlot than Cabernet, so it is lighter on the palate and shorter finish. This is a winner. Read More

    Wine review by tulaw

  • Château Lestage-Simon Red Bordeaux Blend Haut-Médoc 2000


    No written review

    Wine review by PEPET

  • Château l'Argenteyre Red Bordeaux Blend Médoc 2003


    No written review

    Wine review by PEPET

  • Poitevin Medoc 2005


    A truly cool, total left turn on the midpalate towards something very Earth-y and fig-y.Fab stuff. Read More

    Wine review by jasonkauf

  • Looking at the fantastic 2005 vintage of Bordeaux, it is very easy to be intimidated by the rows of Bordeaux at the wine shop. Based upon prior tastings and experiences tasting various chateau's, here are some value Bordeaux that are ready to drink now or can be cellared for up to 10 years or soCh CantemerleCh FerriereCh Caronne St GemmeCh Talb... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Bordeaux, some great values...

  • Chateau Bernadotte Cru Bourgeois Haut Médoc 2003


    Very strong tannins, even after 5 years. The wine has a weak bouquet, dominated ... a fine wine, I simply prefer Bordeaux wines with more Merlot. This is a Cabernet Sauv. dominant wine that I find not as enjoyable as other Bordeaux regional wine Read More

    Wine review by tulaw

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