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

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

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

  • 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...

  • Château Haute Brande

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

  • Château Maison Blanche

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

  • Lamothe

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

  • Malesan

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

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Bordeaux on Snooth

  • Château Fourcas Hosten Red Bordeaux Blend Listrac-Médoc 1996


    Tasted March 2008: Healthy colour but thin and undistinguished in the nose and in the mouth and with a dry, tart aftertase. Disappointing. Probably already too old. Read More

    Wine review by Nicki

  • Château Grand-Puy Ducasse Red Bordeaux Blend Pauillac 1993


    Tasted April 2008: very good colour, rather classic Pauillac nose with ripe flavours of dark fruit but overall elegant, remarkably well-balanced taste with good intensity and body for the vintage and fine aftertase. Grand-Puy Ducasse is known to produce its best wines in poor years, and the 1992 and 1993 are surely better than the 1990. This 199... Read More

    Wine review by Nicki

  • Petrus 1949


    No written review

    Wine review by Tudomir

  • Château d'Yquem Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend Sauternes 1995


    My first wine I drink was a 57 Lafite Rothschild and I don´t like it at all, I was 15 years old. One year later my fathers brother who was maniac on Sauternes. I remember his wine cellar with all this sweet wines, a palett from bright yellow to dark brown colors. One day I was there with him for a helping hand, after the work, he ask me if want ... Read More

    Wine review by Tudomir

  • Chateau Greysac Medoc Crub 2003


    smooth, Read More

    Wine review by Sovereign137

  • Chateau Teynac 2003


    No written review

    Wine review by reanes

  • Château Saint-Sulpice Red Bordeaux Blend Bordeaux Contrôlée 2004


    No written review

    Wine review by archimedes

  • Mouton Rothschild Case 2002


    This wine brought me back to reds after years of drinking vodka...1999. I still love vodka, butVery, very consistant. Opened the 02 this Saturday night with my "Friends of The Vine" group for a Merlot was a hit.Highly recommend anything from CyT, esp Marq CC Read More

    Wine review by Wineart

  • Mouton Rothschild Case 2002


    This wine brought me back to red wine after years of drinking vodka or scotch...1999 vintage.Very, very consistent. Opened the 02 this Saturday night with my "Friends of The Vine" group for a Merlot was a hit.Highly recommend anything from CyT, esp Marq CC Read More

    Wine review by Wineart

  • 1885 Yquem Sauternes 1° Cru Superieur Blle Rc En 1990


    No written review

    Wine review by stellah

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