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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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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  • 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 Timberlay

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

  • Château Peyredoulle

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

  • Alexis Lichine

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

  • Château De Seguin

    Château de Seguin in Bordeaux is part of the CHRIS-WINE Group. An indenpendent and family owned w...

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Bordeaux on Snooth

  • Château Lagrange St.-Julien 2006


    Another great 2006 St Julien.A bright garnet colored wine with a sweet red fruit nose.Red fruit attack - very soft round and voluptuous with lots of red fruit throughout. Sweet finish. Read More

    Wine review by RBoulanger

  • Gruaud Larose 2006


    Wood and sweet spices on the nose - as well as some baked fruit.Red berries and rhubarb on the palate accompanied by a touch of spice leading up to a soft finish - elegant and powerful. Read More

    Wine review by RBoulanger

  • Château Branaire Ducru Mc 4ème Grand Cru 2006


    Dark garnet colored wine with brush and animal aromas.Floral, brush, dark ... ... fruit and spice. Potent! A Bordeaux that has it al Read More

    Wine review by RBoulanger

  • Beychevelle 4eme Grand Cru Classé St. Julien 2006


    Disappointing.Smoke and black currant noseSpicy wine with a touch of tobacco, but not much fruit (YET?) and a bit sour. A so-so finish.I am so far from other notes about this wine that I wonder if I had a bad bottle. Read More

    Wine review by RBoulanger

  • Château Rauzan-Ségla Red Bordeaux Blend Margaux 2006


    One of my favorite 2006 Bordeaux.A smooth red fruit nose with great depth.In the mouth, chocolate and tobacco complement the cassis fruit core. Structured, yet very smooth and mouthfilling. Silky and beautiful (a bit light) with a long finish on black fruit. Truly special. Read More

    Wine review by RBoulanger

  • Château Prieuré-Lichine Margaux Grand Cru Classé 2006


    Wood, soft, smoke nose.Very soft and elegant with balanced red fruit. A soft elegant finish. Delightful! Read More

    Wine review by RBoulanger

  • Château Marquis de Terme Red Bordeaux Blend Margaux 2006


    Black fruit, anise and spice Great nose!Anise and soft wood on the palate. Voluptuous, round with soft black fruit and balanced tannins. Smooth finish.A real surpirse. This might well become a 4 with some development. Read More

    Wine review by RBoulanger

  • Château Malescot St. Exupéry Red Bordeaux Blend Margaux 2006


    Smoke and tabac nose. Floral with some red berries too.Tabac, dry and woody with dark fruit (blackberries and dark cherry).Very tannic. Read More

    Wine review by RBoulanger

  • Château Lascombes Red Bordeaux Blend Margaux 2006


    Wood, spice and fruit nose.Spice, wood, cigar and alluring fruit. Great attack. Complex with a great finish.Almost a 4! Read More

    Wine review by RBoulanger

  • Labegorce Margaux 2006


    Dark color - closed nose of black cherries.Simple on the palate with dark fruit, spice and some wood. Very drying. Ok finish. Read More

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