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

  • 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 Peyredoulle

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

  • Château Lamothe de Haux

    Château Lamothe has belonged to the family since 1956. Château Sauvage was added in 1978 and Chât...

  • Château Haute Brande

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

  • Château de Parenchere

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

  • Château Timberlay

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

  • Alexis Lichine

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

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Bordeaux on Snooth

  • Yquem 1989


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    Wine review by willrun4wine

  • Château d'Armajan des Ormes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend Sauternes 2002


    This dessert wine from the Bordeaux region has rich amber color and a nose of candied pears with hints of honey and pineapple. The wine is remarkably full-bodied with low acidity. The taste of this wine coated my tongue with a syrupy fruit and honey flavor. The finish was long. A fine dessert wine. Read More

    Wine review by 40798ttutony 40798 ttutony

  • Chateau Palmer Margaux Third Growth 2004


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    Wine review by erineliz1010

  • Château Simard Red Bordeaux Blend St. Émilion 1995


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    Wine review by Redz

  • Hello Guys,I am a wine novice with a lot of interest in Burgundy and Bordeaux. I am still a student so I don't have a large wine budget. I was hoping you more experienced wine connoisseurs could direct me to some "entry-level" (preferably under $20) wines from these regions that reflect their terroir. An example from different sub-regions would ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Novice to Burgundy & Bordeaux by 94930tabednar 94930 tabednar

  • Château Marquis de Calon Saint-Estèphe 2002


    As my last name is on the bottle, this wine has always held high in my view. I'm biased I know, but in my opinion this is as good as it gets. So perfect in every way. It's got a beautiful nose, just the right amount of tannins, amazing body, and perfect for a meal. Not a cheap bottle, but something to be enjoyed on a special occasion. I love thi... Read More

    Wine review by xaxen

  • Château Larrivaux Red Bordeaux Blend Haut-Médoc 2003


    Not overly complex but very balanced. Medium tannins. Dark fruits on the nose with a slight earthy note. Lush fruit on the palate. Easy drinking and a great value for the price. Read More

    Wine review by 40798ttutony 40798 ttutony

  • We live in the far South West of England, a long way from the usual cross ... ... ... with a view to visiting Bordeaux during the grape harvest time. Possibly not the best idea from some points of view as all staff would be pretty much occupied but we thought there would be a good balance of weather, lack of tourists and action at the Chateau... Read More

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  • Château Vieux Larmande Red Bordeaux Blend St. Émilion Grand Cru 2000


    Fruity with a hint of blackberries. Rich flavor, yet light on the palate. A pleasure to drink, I agree it has a slight mineral/soily taste that gives it an even drier feel that creates a wonderful contrast to the fruitiness. Read More

    Wine review by tulaw

  • Here at New York Wine Co., we are devoted to scouring the globe for what we ... ... WinesREDThunevin 2005 Bordeaux "Presidial" Region: Bordeaux, FranceVarietal: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet FrancA creation of Jean-Luc Thunevin, one of Frances great modern winemakers, "Presidial" combines lush Merlot inspired fruitiness with the struct... Read More

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