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

  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Burger Grape

  • Merlot

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

  • Mission

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

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 Tour de Ségur

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

  • Alexis Lichine

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

  • Château Lamothe de Haux

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

  • Château Timberlay

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

  • Lamothe

    We had this wine while in the Bahamas and loved it. Would like to know where we can purchase it...

  • Malesan

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

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Bordeaux on Snooth

  • Chateau Raymond Lafon Sauternes Futures 2009

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    Rich gold. Honey notes. Heartwarmingly sweet! Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Chateau Larose-Trintaudon Haut-Medoc Cru Bourgeois 2009

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    Dark berries and spices on nose. Savoury. Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Petit Guiraud Sauternes 2012

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    (Past tasting 3 Aug 2014) Golden yellow. Honey and pineapple. Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Chateau Loudenne Medoc Cru Bourgeois 2010

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    (Past tasting 2 Aug 2014) Deep purplish hue with pinkish edges. Sweet fruity nose, yet oaky earthy on palate. Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Demazel Premières Côtes de Bordeaux Moelleux 2010

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    (Past tasting 21 Jun 2013) Deep plums, and oak on nose. Slightly spicy. Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Chateau Courline Nauton Sauternes 1989

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    I bought this bottl;e of wine a while ago from the website ... to the south of the city of Bordeaux.The grapes are harvested late in the season to allow the development of a fungus called Botrytis which contributes to the sweet taste.Chateau Nautron is an 11 hectare enclve enclosed within the larger Chateau Y'quem estate.My bottle is 100% semil... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Chateau Courline Nauton Sauternes 1989

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    No written review

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • "...you find comments that it has emerged as a 90-rated wine."Who? ... how to use commas:"1991 Bordeaux wine is atrocious. The vintage, the product of the second coldest vintage in recorded history was a complete disaster in Pomerol and St. Emilion and not much better in the Left Bank or Pessac Leognan.  Numerous estates declassified their 199... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • What was the vintage? It looks suspiciously like a 1991 but I can't be sure ... ... having a couple or three Bordeaux reds from that year back in the '90s I have studiously avoided paying for anything Bordeaux, from anybody, of that vintage, and even will avoid it when I'm not paying if there are better alternatives (which is most anything) at ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Château Lynch-Bages Pauillac 1991

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    Appealing garnet color. Phenolic mixed with something of an herbaceous nose. Very unpretentious introduction to the palate. Only the slightest Cabernet/Cassis hint of fruit. Subsequent flavors Im getting are resinous, woody tannin. Theres nothing particularly offensive about this wine, but it has, pretty much, wasted a lot of space in my i... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • 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)

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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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