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...

  • 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...

  • Mission

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

  • Burger Grape

  • Merlot

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

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 Haute Brande

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

  • Lamothe

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

  • Alexis Lichine

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

  • Château Grand-Jean

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

  • Château Maison Blanche

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

  • Château Timberlay

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

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Bordeaux on Snooth

  • Chateau Olivier Blanc Grand Cru Classe 2013


    Quite a serious wine is the 2013 Olivier; there are the usual grassy, pear and lemon rind notes on the nose, with a clean, acidic entry dominated by lime citrus on the palate - perhaps with a dollop of ripe pear. There is some almond bitterness on the finish, but this will soften in a year or two. Will last several years but quite hedonically ... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • It was good but not good enough to buy the one we liked which was a $50 right bank Bordeaux. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

  • 2012 chateau le manoir, lalande de pomerol 2012


    not a bad cuvee, a much better merlot (blend) than i have had. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor

  • Chateau Larose-Trintaudon Haut-Medoc 2010


    A deep purple red brown in the glass. Opens with Flower Petals and Hibiscus; then on to Thyme, Plum, and Smoke; Dark Chocolate and Cherries and a bit of Lemon Peel. Medium Tannins with a smooth mouthfeel. Tasting of Herbs and Leaves with Honey, Lime, Slate, Sage, Thyme, Ripe Cherries and Raspberries. Even better the 2nd day - smoother and less t... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • Chateau la Garde Blanc 2013


    For several years now, I have been buying a few Chateau la Garde Blanc, and the wine never seems to disappoint; the 2013 edition is weighty with its backbone of Sauvignon Gris, and has a grassy nose followed by mouth cleansing acidity and delicious lemon-lime flavours on the palate. This is a very fine wine for the price and will last 5-10 more... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Chateau Carbonnieux Pessac Leognan 2013


    Pessac-Leognan faired quite well in this mostly forgettable vintage - at least with Chateau Carbonnieux. The colour is deeply translucent and the nose inviting with Cabernet-dominated notes of Mediterranean herbs and blackberry - quite inviting, actually. The entry is quite tame, very mildly acidic, with some soft vanilla tannin and a good frui... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • We were back at George Mason University last night for a modern dance called ... scallops and I selected a Bordeaux red to pair with my filet mignon.  The meals were fine and we wanted to finish dinner off by sharing an after-dinner drink, so we went with a glass of vermouth - the Italian red vermouth on the menu below.  They served it with a ... Read More

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

  • Chateau Fayau Cadillac 2011


    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in Oxfordshire [ ... miles south of the City of Bordeaux on the east bank of the Garonne river. The wines are sweet because the grapes are harvested late and affected by a fungus called botrytis just like Sauternes on the west bank of the river.My bottle comes from a well establishe... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Lassegue Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2010


    Had this with dinner a month or so back at Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse. On the list for $150, so a reasonable markup. Pretty nice, but seemed much too young still. Medium body with medium to high Tannins. Though well-balanced fruit, wood, spice, and earth, just never seemed to open up and at the Restaurant price and even the list pricin... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • Château du Moulin Rouge Haut-Medoc 2011


    This bottle was part of a l;ot I bought on the website ... miles north of the City of Bordeaux.Winemaking really got started here at the end of the 17th century when Dutch engineers drained the salt marshes and it now includes some of the world's greatest wine estates though some are in sub-appellations such as Pauillac and Martgaux.My bottle w... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • 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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  • 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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