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

  • Burger Grape

  • 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...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • 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...

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

  • Malesan

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

  • Château Timberlay

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

  • Château de Beauregard-Ducourt

    Everything started in 1858 in a small town in the " Entre-Deux-Mers " region… At this time the Du...

  • Alexis Lichine

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

  • Château Haute Brande

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

  • Baron Philippe De Rothschild

    Since 1933, Baron Philippe de Rothschild SA, located at Pauillac in the Médoc, has been motivated...

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Bordeaux on Snooth

  • You have a pretty good start on young reds if you like Cab Franc.  I'd ... ... the Loire, but also from Bordeaux).  Chenin Blanc is often a good deal and it's going to be the antithesis of those creamy chards, all citrus pith, stones, and acid, but aging into wax and honeysuckle. Welcome to Snooth, great first post!  Now go enjoy a cool glass o... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Incidentally, some interesting commentary by John Gilman in response to a ... ... a ... Ausone - France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru (4/21/2014)I'm not really sure where to go from here with this producer though: the estate famously was asleep at the wheel from the mid-60's until it was sold in 1997, and the wines since then a... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Epic Barolo


  • Chateau le Boscq 2008

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    For 2008, Chateau le Boscq has produced a patent-like St-Estephe with the usual tobacco, cassis and cedar notes on the nostrils with a relatively tame entry of light tannins, blackcurrant and cigar. Good medium finish Drink now. 88 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Well said Greg.Dave, I'd love to try a '61 Latour some day...I'm ... fork over the cash for top Bordeaux but luckily have made some good friends who love Bordeaux enough to acquire such bottles. The '66 Lafite was unfortunately oxidized...the last time we all got together we had a '55 that was excellent. Interesting about HB, the '66 still tas... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Epic Barolo


  • I have to agree with D about CdP. Back in the 70s and before, people called ... for your "serious" Bordeaux to come around. Burgundy wasn't in the same league - mostly tiny production from a bunch of peasants, whereas Bordeaux had chateaux, reputation, foreign investment, pedigree, and wide distribution. Parker essentially bestowed respect on ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Epic Barolo


  • Clos des Lunes Bordeaux Blanc Lune d'Argent 2012

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    Astringent, low fruit, crisp finish. Read More

    Wine review by flyinggrapes


  • Not a horrible analogy; there's a reason why the Perrin family is down ... ... ... experiences from both Bordeaux and Burgundy (and Barolo and aged Champagne and syrahs from three continents and Rioja and [even] Super Tuscans and ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Epic Barolo


  • "However, that's exactly the thing that's to me unique about ... ... ... a few others. Latour in Bordeaux is the first to pop to mind. It not only balances out when aged properly, but grows into something larger and magical.JD, I would never consider a C9dP to be in the same league as a well made well aged Barolo--one of the world's great win... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Epic Barolo


  • Chateau Malartic-lagraviere Graves Blancs Pessac-léognan 2006

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    Wine review by Anupong


  • Château la Grolet Côtes du Bourg 2011

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    Biodynamic 70% Merlot 30% Cabernet Sauvignon Smoky, earthy and complex on the nose with floral, sweet grass, and dried herb aromas framing a subtle core of strawberry and black currant fruit all topped with a sprig of mint. Soft on entry, with fine ripe tannins and well integrated acids supporting this medium bodied and transparent wine. rather ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • 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...

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

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  • 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)

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  • 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

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  • sichel ?

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