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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • 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

  • 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 Bordeaux appellation created in 1936,although there has been viticu...

  • 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 Timberlay

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

  • Château Franc Cardinal

    This estate was originally owned by Jean-Louis Lacour but he sent most of his production to a n...

  • Château Grand-Jean

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

  • Château Peyredoulle

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

  • Château Haute Brande

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

  • 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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  • 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

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  • Château Clarke Red Bordeaux Blend Listrac-Médoc 2006


    It's not secret that I am a big fan of this estate's wines. I think they represent very good value in the Medoc because of the estate's size, the enormous investment that's been put in, and the fact that since its a Listrac-Medoc, they can't charge an arm and a leg for their bottles!Bountiful red fruit on the nose with a touch of tobacco. Very s... Read More

    Wine review by RBoulanger

  • Château Gazin Red Bordeaux Blend Côtes de Bourg 2006


    Tasted at the end of a long series of Bordeaux. This wine was huge with rich wood and spice and lots of tannins on top of red fruit and earth notes. Read More

    Wine review by RBoulanger

  • Château Clinet Pomerol Ex-Negociant 2006


    Animal and even fish aromas.A hugely structured wine with lots of tannins. Give this monster a few years to sort itself out and the cherry fruit and oak should be delicious. Read More

    Wine review by RBoulanger

  • Château Beauregard Red Bordeaux Blend Pomerol 2006


    Maybe I'm not that into Pomerol... or maybe I don't like the 2006s, but I was very disappointed by this wine.A big nose of sweat, animal sweat and red fruit. Big and full-bodied in the mouth, but with clay, sour and animal flavors. I'm not a fan right now - hopefully it will evolve. Read More

    Wine review by RBoulanger

  • Chateau Troplong Mondot Saint Emilion Bordeaux 2006


    A ruby colored wine with a great sweet cherry and anise nose.The cherry fruit and spice continue across the palate culminating in a spicy finish on tobacco. Very young, I can't wait to see what this wine is like when it is 5 or 10 years old. Read More

    Wine review by RBoulanger

  • Château Vieux Larmande Red Bordeaux Blend St. Émilion Grand Cru 2006


    A very animal and wood nose. Young and not yet integrated.Red fruit on the palate, but it is still dominated by the wood.This concentrated wine is extremely dry with a spicy tannic finish. Give it time. Read More

    Wine review by RBoulanger

  • Château Larcis Ducasse Red Bordeaux Blend St. Émilion Grand Cru 2006


    Sweet fruit and anise nose.Anise and red fruit dominate on the palate. This is a potent wine. Voluptuous, rich and ripe with a very tannic finish. Lots of potential here. Read More

    Wine review by RBoulanger

  • Château Grand Mayne Saint-Émilion Grand Cru 2006


    Sweet cassis fruit nose.Sweet fruit attack with flavors of fruit compote, baked fruit and spice. A soft sweet finish. A bit simpler than some of its St. Emilion neighbors. Read More

    Wine review by RBoulanger

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