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

  • Merlot

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

  • Burger Grape

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

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 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...

  • 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 Lamothe de Haux

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

  • Château Tour de Ségur

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

  • 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 Grand-Jean

    The DULON family have been wine-makers from father to son for more than 250 years, although there...

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Bordeaux on Snooth

  • I haven't posted here in a while, and I have no pictures.  On Thursday ... ...  Nero d'Avalo, Bordeaux, Chianti, Dao, Ribiero del Duero, Pouilly-Fuisse, Meursaut, Soave and multiple of domestic Chardonnays.  FWIW, Trader Joe's has St. Clement Chardonnay for $9.99.  Peggy loves it, and, at that price, I'll buy all she can drink.Over the last mo... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Chateau Ducluzeau Listrac Medoc 1991

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £10 from the website ... north of the City of Bordeaux.. The commune is set back a little inland of the Gironde estuary on higher ground [only 40 metres above sea level ] than the other Medoc appellationss.Chateau Ducluzeau is a small family owned property in this area. My bottle consists of 90% merlot and 10% c... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • AL - The 2010 vintage was another very good year in Bordeaux.  That said not all wines at this price are meant to age that long and it's not that unusual to experience what you've gone through - that "hmmmm" experience.I've had several over the years and believe me, it's a humbling experience.  Waiting to long on a wine is just the opposite of f... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Value Wines - under $20 USD...


  • This Bordeaux blend is decent but not great in any way.  It's getting better with air though, and it's close to the $20 price point, so what the heck - I'm posting it here.  I would buy it again, but I don't recommend this one as I have tasted better for the money.  It's 75% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Cabernet Franc.  Should have tas... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Value Wines - under $20 USD...


  • We did the French Wine Tasting party last night at our friends house in ... ... Chateau Meyney, which was a Bordeaux left bank (Cabernet Sauvignon being the primary varietal).  There were many right bank Bordeaux wines and even a white Bordeaux (Sauvignon Blanc).  Our red, a 2006 Chateau Gueyrosse Bordeaux was the second favorit Read More

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


  • Château Petit Village Pomerol 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by gntop1


  • I have a friend in China that was the WSET Wine Educator of the Year 2016 - is ... - not that much bigger than Bordeaux. So it’s important they get a sense of real size (admittedly, Australians have traditionally been overachievers in this respect in terms of marketing and did over-expand their industry by 2005). France has lost some of its ma... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Australian Wine Exports


  • Jon - 2nd that welcome to the forum.  As an aside to your post the top 2 ... of wines desired - ie, Port, Bordeaux, Napa Cabs etc.It takes a really good palate and lots of experience to assess wines as to their ageability.  I've been doing this wine thing for 45 years now and get/got fooled many times - both way Read More

    Forum post in the topic I'll Probably Get Kicked Off...


  • Château Junayme Canon-Fronsac 1995

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    I bought this bottle of wine for only £1 [although I did also have to pay a delivery charge] from the website www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/113912 Fronsac is an appellation created in 1936 for red and rose wines from seven communes around the village of that name west of the town of Libourne and north of the Dordogne river.Canon-Fronsac is ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Alan, read some P.G. Wodehouse or Agatha Christie novels to get a better feel ... the 1787 TJ Chateau Lafite Bordeaux debacle? Ok, I'm sorry, but it made me re-think everything he ever said about wine. And yes, I am keenly ware of his contributions to wine collecting, but... maybe this is not the right thread to discuss this subject. Mea Culpa... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Historical Wine Question


  • 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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