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...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Burger Grape

  • 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 Grand-Jean

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

  • Château de Parenchere

    Situated in the eastern edge of the Bordeaux wine growing area, the Château de Parenchère vineyar...

  • Malesan

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

  • Château Peyredoulle

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

  • Lamothe

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

  • Château Haute Brande

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

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Bordeaux on Snooth

  • Chateau Saint Ahon Haut-Medoc 2010

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    Rebuilt during the Napoleonic order, this property (Haut-Medoc) is a bit of a surprise; (try finding the name of this saint in any listing, par example), there are gobs of blackberry, cherry and a hint of vanilla on the palate, and the nose is of cherry-dipped cigar. Much better than expected, with a soft, metallic finish. 90. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Château Haut-Franquet Red Bordeaux Blend Moulis En Médoc 1998

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    I bought two bottles of this wine for £10-50 on the website ... miles north of the City of Bordeaux.My bottle comes from the small family concern of Chateau Haut-Franquet and consists of 60% cabernet sauvignon,345% merlot and 5% petit verdot and was aged in oak barrels.I started my bottle the other evening with my supper of chicken thighs in ba... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Chateau Carignan Prima 2014

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    We do not get Chateau Carignan up this way often, but we should: the 100% Merlot Prima has Fronsac-like subdued rusticity with a deep, fresh cherry bouquet and male-merlot depth, power and finish on the palate. Judicious use of oak adds spice and age-worthiness. Slightly bitter on the back-end, but this comes with youth. 89. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • "Bordeaux, Rhone, Bolgerhi, or So. Cal"   -Bordeaux- Sauvignon Blanc;  Sauterne, Merlot-Rhone- all to many single varietals to name. -Bolgheri- Merlot, Sangiovese Nero, Sangioveto, or Cabernet-So Cal-  Burgundy Clones and Single'sI may have misunderstood what you meant Paul.Farming and wine-making?   Read More

    Forum post in the topic Single Varietal vs. Blends...


  • Château Olivier Rouge 2012

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    Punching above the weight of the vintage is the Chateau Olivier 2012...with a wonderfully miscible blend of cedar bark, blackberry jam and white pepper on the nose and a good blackberry and soft oak on the palate. Finish is quite long for the vintage and the wine will mate well with steak. 90. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • I do agree about buying what you like.But I also think that Single Varietal and ... to Vintage.  whether Bordeaux, Rhone, Bolgerhi, or So. Cal..When It comes to So Cal. Clones. I disagree. these are 100% only Single Clones. whether 848, 777, or Pisoni and most are harvested from more than 1 Vineyard; albeit a Blend of course.Papp 777 is harvest... Read More

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  • Please give a better explanation of what -  "But I also think that ... to Vintage.  whether Bordeaux, Rhone, Bolgerhi, or So. Cal"..  - I may have misunderstood what you meant William - Thank you - Paul1 Read More

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  • Chateau Montlabert 2011

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    Montlabert is a relative bargain for Saint-Emilion, but exhibits all the usual traits of wine from this commune, to wit: a veritable surfeit of cherry on the nose (sprinkled with oak), followed by considerable residual oak and good red fruit (cherry) on the palate with a hint of wet loam; finish has pucker (tannin). Although oak is still promin... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Chateau de Courteillac 2015

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    This inexpensive but generally most Bordeaux red has a jam-tart nose with a hint of iodine, and enters the mouth smoothly with logwood-cedar bark, blueberry jam and new oak. Good tavern fare with a lignin and blackberry finish. Good value. 84. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Chateau de Chantegrive Caroline Blanc 2015

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    A beautiful Fall day in Vancouver BC suggested Provencal at Chez Meme followed by wine in the nearby park with very old and dear friends. Chantegrive Blanc 2015 seemed up to the challenge with toasty oak and pear on the nose followed by soft oak, pear, gooseberry and lemon grass on the palate - which lingered long and with great satisfaction to... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • 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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