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

  • 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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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

  • Alexis Lichine

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

  • Lamothe

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

  • Château de Beauregard-Ducourt

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

  • Château Tour de Ségur

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

  • Château Haute Brande

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

  • Château Timberlay

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

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Bordeaux on Snooth

  • Have had cases of Lynch Bages over the years, even once purchased two cases at ... you could afford classified Bordeaux as daily drinkers. Not one of the greats by any means, thought not crap either. Well made and solid but tending more toward the pedestrian than the ethereal. Beyond being a steady plodder, but not an all star, thus my earlier... Read More

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  • Going back up to the Lynch, I've heard '94 was one of the worst ... ... ... for Burgundy. Seems like Bordeaux didn't fare much better.Also enjoyed Dave's baseball analogy, though it may be selling Lynch just a little short from the few I've tried I'll check to the guy who knows Bordeaux.Now scrolling down to Mark's 2011 Nash Mill Pinot from Ca... Read More

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  • Château Lynch Bages Pauillac 1994

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    Something of a vegetative nose. Pleasingly light hit of fruitcassis, plumon introduction. Interesting mid-palatesomething like a slatey mineralitythat disappears pretty quickly. Vegetative notes then pop up and just as quickly disappear. Tannins are completely resolved yields a smooth, easy to drink wine. An OK wine, but not a particularly ... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Château Bois Redon Red Bordeaux Blend Bordeaux Supérieur 2011

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    Gave this to Mr. Deaver on the occasion of his 80th Birthday Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Sandra said we are surrounded by Ring nuts.  These operas are all sung in ... one of the last few cheap Bordeaux wines I have left from a case purchased a while ago.  I think it was under $15 a bottle.  Should pair well with a beef pot pie.  Sandra is at The Kennedy Center again today for a series of lectures on the Ring Cycle.  I've been home... Read More

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  • Just not a good selection of imports in these parts and for good ... Not burgundy or bordeaux, or even N. Rhones, but Cali grenache is overpriced, the little bit of tempranillo from here ditto, almost all the whites, too.  Then there's all that awesome Italian wine for $15-20, whites and reds, and I find those on my table more and more midweek.... Read More

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  • I always carry stuff vertically, but perhaps holding things on their sides is ... grand-nephew.  Not red bordeaux, which I could give a rip about, but sweet wines.  Total of 8 bottles of Sauternes/Barsac, two each of Doisy-Vedrines, Doisy-Daene, Coutet, and Guiraud.  I checked out the ratings of our buddy Panos on CT.  What bargains:  Nothing ... Read More

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  • I suppose that there are some Washington wines made from Bordeaux grapes that are unworthy, but, thankfully, it seems that they keep those for themselves and a lot of good stuff gets smuggled past the border.Drank syrah, tonight.  I guess I'm breaking another thread rule, but maybe its weekend in Bora Bora or someplace.Just a terrific wine.  It'... Read More

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  • This afternoon was special for us.  We attended the 'Fete de la ... ... ... 2010 RdV Rendezvous red Bordeaux-style blend and in fact this was was just served at the White House this past Friday.  Good times and we enjoyed a winery made meal which consisted of lamb and vegetables all grown on their location. &nbs Read More

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  • MJET - Here's a list of wines that are currently out there (out of ... ... "Mangan Vineyard" Bordeaux Blend Margaret River Western Australia2011 Leeuwin "Art Series" Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River Western Australia***2013 Penfolds Bin 407 Cabernet Sauvignon South Australia*/***2013 Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet-Shiraz South Australia*/*** Italy... 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...

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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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