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

  • Mission

    The Mission or Pais grape was the first Vitis vinifera vine planted in North America. From 1697 until well into the 1...

  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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 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

  • Malesan

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

  • Alexis Lichine

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

  • Château Grand-Jean

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

  • Château Tour de Ségur

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

  • Château Haute Brande

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

  • Château Peyredoulle

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

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Bordeaux on Snooth

  • Château Cos d'Estournel Red Bordeaux Blend St. Estèphe 1970


    The bottle was held upright for at least an hour for sediment. Upon opening, in which the cork fell apart, there was some notice of fuk and must aromas. Upon initial taste there was some to little fruit which was followed by a large amount of acid. Some hints of cedar box and berry flavors which give rise to a long finish. Others in my group agr... Read More

    Wine review by MReff

  • Château la Fleur Maillet Pomerol 2005


    Deep ruby-garnet. Medium-pronounced nose of redcurrant, cherry, cassis, oak, pencil shavings. Dry, medium acid, low-medium tannin, medium body. Red fruit, vanilla, pepper. Good length. Read More

    Wine review by Robert Dallas Gray

  • Château des Tourelles Red Bordeaux Blend Lalande de Pomerol 2003


    Deep purple-ruby. Medium-pronounced nose of dark fruit, cream, cassis. Dry, medium acid and tannin, medium body. Cassis, oak, liquorice, cream. Read More

    Wine review by Robert Dallas Gray

  • Maucamps Haut Medoc Bordeaux France 2002


    No written review

    Wine review by kaziro

  • Château Terrey-Gros-Cailloux Red Bordeaux Blend St. Julien 2003


    Pretty closed upon opening, but after an hour or so in the glass it really begins to sing. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot, it is nicely balanced, medium-bodied with a supple mouthfeel, good acidity and soft tannins. Notes of ripe, dark fruit and a pleasant expression of terroir, and a nice, long finish. I enjoy it with ei... Read More

    Wine review by kingrex

  • Château Lynch-Moussas Red Bordeaux Blend Pauillac 2003


    Just a hint of smoke and wood on the nose. Lush dark fruit on the palate with a great flavor and traces of earthiness. Smooth yet firm tannic structure and a nice length on the finish. One of the better Haut-Medoc wines I've had in a while. Read More

    Wine review by 40798ttutony 40798 ttutony

  • Mouton-Cadet Red Reserve 1999


    It was really good. Read More

    Wine review by Vmaster

  • Château Lafite Rothschild Red Bordeaux Blend Pauillac 1986


    Truly one of the most delicious wines I have ever tasted. Ambrosia. Nectar of the Gods. Superlatives are not enough. This followed a '61 L'Angelus that I though was perfection...100 out of 100, Then we had the Lafite. Not over-the-top, not cloying or super aromatic. Just about as smooth, balanced, complex, as one could imagine. The finish... Read More

    Wine review by roneranger

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


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    Wine review by Reikilady

  • My trip to the east is over and I have a lot of memories from it.  My week in ... but soft and subtle.  The Bordeaux blends are more Bordeaux than the Californian Bordeaux blends.  The Pinots are elegant and the Chardonnays rich and crisp.Moet & Chandon think so much of the area that they have invested in it.  They have established Domaine Cha... Read More

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