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...

  • 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...

  • 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

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 De Seguin

    Château de Seguin in Bordeaux is part of the CHRIS-WINE Group. An indenpendent and family owned w...

  • Château Peyredoulle

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

  • Château Tour de Ségur

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

  • Château Lamothe de Haux

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

  • Malesan

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

  • Château Haute Brande

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

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Bordeaux on Snooth

  • Chateau de la Huste Fronsac 2010

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    When I first opened the bottle it was bold and smooth which I loved but I felt that the taste was a little bland. Two weeks after my first taste I reopened the bottle to have a glass after dinner and the taste was amazing. It had a slightly fruity scent and taste and was extremely smooth. Definitely one of my favorite! Read More

    Wine review by Rita Han


  • Château Moine Vieux St. Émilion-Grand Cru 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by Frenzy


  • Prince de Saint-Aubin Sauternes 2011

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    I bought this bottle of wine for 10 euros the last time I was in ... miles ... miles south of the City of Bordeaux.The sweetness arises because of using late harvest grapes affected by a fungus called Botrytis. My bottle comes from the negociant house of Yvon Mau.It consists of 75% semillon,15% sauvignon blanc and 10% muscadelle. I started it ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Today was massage Thursday, and after a most enjoyable massage I drove over to ... with a nice glass of a 2011 Bordeaux Superior wine (Domaine de Courtelliac) with a salad, then the main course was PEI mussels and for dessert I had a small goat milk cheesecake.  Very tasty, and the weather was decent so I sat outside with a nice breeze keeping... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • nvesting in wine is by no means a new phenomenon. Many years before fine wine ... mid 2011).The best wines of Bordeaux, Burgundy and a small number of iconic wines from other regions have proved to be sound investments over the past twenty years, though it is important to remember that one must take a long term view. The fine wine market enjoy... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Fine Wine Investment...


  • Clos des Menuts 2005

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    No written review

    Wine review by Frenzy


  • Château Camensac Red Bordeaux Blend Haut-Médoc 2001

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    No written review

    Wine review by Frenzy


  • Château la Mélissière Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by Frenzy


  • Chateau le Logis de Sipian 1989

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £7 from the website ... north of the City of Bordeaux but the AOC of that name created in 1936 only refers to 16 communes at the northern end. The area is sometimes called the Bas-Medoc or Lower Medoc as opposed to Haut-Medoc or Upper-Medoc [ though not on wine labels] There are no classed growths here and produ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • EM - Congratulations on breaking that streak; this one sounds delicious, but ... their 2009 Clio, a wonderful Bordeaux style blend.  It took 1.5 hours to drive there and we weren't about to leave empty handed either, for we bought a mixed case of wine.  Everything we tasted was very good and of course a big surprise for a Virginia winery.  The... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • I have been drinking Bordeaux wines since the 1978 vintage and had bought several highly rated 2009 and 2010 wines to hold. I decided to open several to see if they were worth holding. I was more than a bit disappointed. I did not find much in the way of fruit or body compared with past vintages, nor did I believe that there was any value in my ...

    Comment by 540750Zuiko 540750 Zuiko


  • I am having a Grand Vin Bordeaux tasting with these 2005 wines: Pontet Canet, Lynch Bages, Pichon Baron, Pichon Lalande, Cos d'Esttournel, Rauzan-Segla, Leoville Barton, Cannon la Gaffeliere and last a 2000 Leoville-las-cases. How much time should I allow the wines to be opened in advance prior to tasting? I will be bringing them up from my 55...

    Comment by 132989mbhes 132989 mbhes


  • chateau du bedat 2000 bordeaux how is this wine and how much does it cost

    Comment by 928175pork4e15 928175 pork4e15


  • A month ago, bought with my husband the Chateau Mazeris Canon Fronsac 2005 and we are crazy to find it again!!! I kept the bottle but seems useless. Anybody knows where can I get this beautiful wine. Tastes the best ever!!!! (Of course from Bordeaux)

    Comment by 791708MEmma 791708 MEmma


  • LES HAUTS DE GOELANE 1998

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  • I boughta bottle of 1998 15/16 years ago B/027130 I was lead to believe it would be matured when my daughter is 21.???????????????????? is this correct

    Comment by 738689TigZ 738689 TigZ


  • sichel ?

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