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

  • 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 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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  • Château Grand-Jean

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

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

  • Château de Parenchere

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

  • Malesan

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

  • Château Peyredoulle

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

  • Lamothe

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Bordeaux on Snooth

  • Christian Moueix 2005


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    Wine review by schaefer stephen

  • Château des Tourelles Red Bordeaux Blend Lalande de Pomerol 2003


    Needs to be decanted for atleast one hour to open the wine up.Have had this wine on several occassions and is a very smooth and fruity wine. Read More

    Wine review by schaefer stephen

  • So it's getting to be that time again. The wine boards are buzzing with ... ... been a full 10 years since bordeaux has been the WOTY. In the preceding 10 years Bordeaux grabbed the top spot 3 times. It is certainly over-due. If one looks at the picks they follow a bit of an order, with the occasional exception. The wines are high scoring, but... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wine Spectator Wine of the Year?

  • La Mission Haut Brion Premier 1990


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    Wine review by bellaknox

  • With the daily polls touting candidate's ups and downs, state by state, coast ... coast ... The five "noble" Bordeaux grapes (Cabernet, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot) and Syrah.   In that span of sixty days we actually harvested 16 times and divided those grapes into 22 fermentation lots.  Last year, we harvested 22 times an... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Harvest by the numbers

  • Château Pichon-Longueville Baron Red Bordeaux Blend Pauillac 1996


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    Wine review by psc

  • Chateau Canon Fronsac Mazeris 2000


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    Wine review by defiant13

  • Panier11 Articles Bordeaux » Haut-M�doc A.o.c Lanessan 2000


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    Wine review by defiant13

  • Box Star Merlot


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    Wine review by bwandwhitey

  • The basic wine making process is fundamentally the same for white, rose, and ... barrels are ubiquitous in Bordeaux and the finest cellars from Napa Valley to Australias Limestone coast. These barriques are small and so not only have a great affect on the rate of oxygen exchange but also on the absorption of the natural tannins and flavoring c... Read More

    Forum post in the topic The Winemaking Process Part 2...

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