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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Justin Christoph

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

  • Sémillon

    History of the grape: Little is documented about the early years of this grape, which is surprising due to its distin...

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 Lamothe de Haux

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

  • Alexis Lichine

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

  • Château de Beauregard-Ducourt

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

  • Château Maison Blanche

    Les terres de Maison Blanche sont foulées par l’homme depuis longtemps, fort longtemps, bien avan...

  • 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...

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Bordeaux on Snooth

  • Being from the UK, I bet you've heard about Bordeaux, Champagne, and Burgundy primarily?Even wines with the best reputations you may not like so best to go out and taste all kinds. Read More

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  • Today my sweetie and I went to taste wines at two wine shops in Northern ... ... other special ones, a cheap Bordeaux, a mid-price Italian Sangiovese and a relatively expensive Burgundy red (recommended by the store owner).After a bit of Dim Sum further south in Falls Church, VA, we did a short drive to another wine shop called Arrowine (in Ar... Read More

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  • V V - Thanks for the update on the $60 Malbec.  I'm glad I didn't ... ... cheap (as in $14.99) Bordeaux wine that we picked up at one of the wine tastings.  Sandra and I both like it and the price was a trea Read More

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  • Taking a cue from Big Al, I took a couple of photos (with my phone which ... ... ... cab (which is really a Bordeaux style blend of five grapes).  There was a moment when I thought, "I wish I had a taster of WHITE wine to go with this fish", but I got over it pretty fast.  One of these days though!         &nbs Read More

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  • Thanks for tying that history together RF.  Look what I picked up today at ...  Three Malbec's, a Bordeaux and my prize selection, a Burgundy.  I can't wait for that upcoming Viking River Cruise through the Burgundy regio Read More

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  • Be Your Own Boss?Buy Your Own Burrito?Baller Year Ordering Bordeaux?Build Your Own Basement?Bet You Ordered Beef?But You Overpaid BigAl? Read More

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  • Château Siaurac Red Bordeaux Blend Lalande de Pomerol 2010

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    New world styled blend of merlot and cab franc. Ruby red with a touch of plum and clear in the glass. Black fruit on the nose and in the palate. Light acidity with some fairly strong tannins leading to a medium length finish. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Château Tour d'Auron Red Bordeaux Blend Bordeaux Supérieur 2009

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    For under $15 well worth it. Read More

    Wine review by bfkirby


  • Basically, they just bottle before fermentation is finished and let it continue ... that a Zin/Rubired blend. In Bordeaux they used to include one percent of Tannat in the blend but now you just add a spoonful of powdered tannins.Other than those and the Mission, I've had all of the other grapes from Europe. From CA I haven't had Carmenere, Dor... Read More

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  • Chateau Poujeaux 2009

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    The first Poujeaux that has slipped by the tonsils this year and it seems the very opaque, sang d'homme colour makes good its hedonic promise; the nose is blackberry, menthol and beet followed by a mature, balanced cedar plank, blackberry and vanilla entry. Very satisfying and ready to drink now, though can be cellared for a few more years. 8... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • 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 ...

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  • 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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