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...

  • Mission

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

  • Sémillon

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

  • Burger Grape

  • 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...

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 Bordeaux appellation created in 1936,although there has been viticu...

  • 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

  • Château Peyredoulle

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

  • Château De Seguin

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

  • Malesan

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

  • Château Tour de Ségur

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

  • 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...

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Bordeaux on Snooth

  • Château de Rolland Barsac 1988

    Snoothrank:

    I bought two bottles of this wine from the new website www.cellartrade.co.uk ... miles south of the City of Bordeaux.One of the five communes is Barsac and that has its own appellation for sweet white wines also created in 1936. Therefore every Barsac wine can be called a Sauternes but not every Sauternes can be called a Barsac.My bottles come... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Chateau Bellegrave Cru Bourgeois Pauillac 2002

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    I bought this bottle of wine from the website ... miles north of the City of Bordeaux and is one of the Bordeaux region's more prestigious appellations with a total of 18 classed growths,including three first growths,in the famous 1855 classification of the Medoc.Chateau Bellegrave is not one of them however but a small [8 hectares under vine] ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Chateau de la Dauphine Fronsac 2005

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £10 from the website www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/119446. Fronsac is an appellation created in 1936 for red and rose wines from 7 communes around the village of that name west of the town of Libourne and north of the Dorgogne river.[Canon-Fronsac is a sub-appellation created in 1964 for two of those commune... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • I'll start this off, since I just so happened to have attended a New ... ... ... Kathleen also brought a Bordeaux wine that was decent.  Both the Octagon and the Bordeaux should have gone into decanters but they were consumed quickly.  We all brought over games to play, and the one chosen was called 'Catch Phrase'; we played it all night and ... Read More

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  • Thanks for the anniversary thoughts.  We had a wonderful time last night ... bought a half-bottle of a Bordeaux wine; the same one we bought last year.  Our visit to the National Christmas tree was good too.  Cold but no significant rain.  I surprised a guy who was playing the sax with a $20 donation.  I was in a good mood.  :-)Hope everyone e... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What are you serving for...


  • To go with the post in Drinking Tonight... post - we had these on my birthday ... to choose.  The '07 Bordeaux was from a down year but was really good for the vintage.  The Brunello was everything I thought it would be and more.  The cab however, after all I'd heard and read, completely stunned me with it's huge and lasting profile. I guess t... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines - Post Pictures...


  • Chateau Haut-Brion 1-Er Grand Cru Classe 1993

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    1.5 Liter; or magnum. Read More

    Wine review by William Djubin


  • '59 is a great year for Bordeaux, Al. Keep your eyes peeled. I've had utterly fantastic bottles of Latour and La Mission Haut Brion this decade. Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Clarendelle Bordeaux 2012

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    A very pleasant and drinkable Bordeaux; fruity, but not too tart, with the right amount of cab franc. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Sandra and I enjoyed an RdV Vineyards release party Sunday afternoon, out in ... ... I will stick to their Bordeaux style blends of Rendezvous and Lost Mountain.&nbs Read More

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  • 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

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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)

    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

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  • sichel ?

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