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 Bordeaux appellation created in 1936,although there has been viticu...

  • 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 Timberlay

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

  • Château Franc Cardinal

    This estate was originally owned by Jean-Louis Lacour but he sent most of his production to a n...

  • Château Grand-Jean

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

  • Château Peyredoulle

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

  • Château Haute Brande

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

  • Château De Seguin

    Château de Seguin in Bordeaux is part of the CHRIS-WINE Group. An indenpendent and family owned w...

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Bordeaux on Snooth

  • Château Rollan de By Cru Bourgeois Médoc Bordeaux 2011


    I bought two bottles of this wine for £12 from the website ... north of the City of Bordeaux but the appellation of that name created in 1936 only refers to the 16 communes at the northern end.The area is sometimes called the Bas-Medoc or Lower-Medoc though not on wine labels.There are no classed growths here although there are a number of Cru ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Emark appreciate the offer, the problem most of the great sales are from retail ... Dallas. My main interest are Bordeaux blends and Rhône type wines,and pinots which I tend to buy from Oregon. Again appreciate your off Read More

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  • 13% isn't so low for Bordeaux, Jack. Wish I'd been able to advise, but at the price you refer to should've bought a couple of cases of that PonCanet 2005. You'd know you were living properly if that were one of your daily quaffers....  ;-) Read More

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  • Mr. Mark - KL Wines has their wine shipping problems in tow now so slowly ... ... separating my orders (2015 Bordeaux from the rest and the like) so within a week I'll know what can ship when.Only problem - takes about 3 weeks.&nbs Read More

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  • Chateau de la Grave Nectar Vieilles Vignes 2005


    I bought this bottle of wine for £10 from the website is from the Cotes de Bourg appellation.This appellation was created in 1936,although there is a record of winemaking in the area as long ago as the 2nd century AD,from a large area of 15 communes around the small town of Bourg-sur-Gironde.This town... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Am waiting on shipment of 2.bottles of Quilceda Creek 2015 Cabernet,and 3 ... ... bottles of 2015 Clos de Betz Bordeaux blend,really enjoy the Quilceda but have never drank any of the Betz’s. These are both Washington wines which I find to have a better QPR than California wines, must admit not living in California puts me at a disadvantage of... Read More

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  • Jack, that bottle sounds excellent, I really need to explore Bordeaux a lot more.We're heading to Paso Robles and Monterey in a couple weeks with our good friends/drinking buddies so we had a bit of a planning session last night. Cooked up some Marcella's pork chops braised in two wines and opened this big '09 Paso cab blend from Denner Vineyard... Read More

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  • One of the wine stores in Dallas was having a sale on Bordeaux’s about a year ago ,as I went through the list I compared their sale price to Wine-Searcher to see if was really a sale,as it turned out their price was about 40% of Wine-Searcher average price ,so I bought 6 bottles,and have shared them with friends must say they were excellent. I w... Read More

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  • Chateau le Fourneau 1990


    I bought this bottle of wine from the website ... for £15.Saint Estephe is a Bordeaux appellation that was created in 1936 [although viticulture in the area goes back centuries] for red wines only from the single commune around the village of that name in the north of the Medoc peninsular.I have been unable to discover much about Chateau le Fou... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Domaines Barons de Rothschild Legende Pauillac 2014


    Savory farm field and ripe black cherry aromas with blackberry preserves and olive tapenade on the nose. With its elegant and striking palate of bright cherry and cranberry fruit, nice warmth and bolstering acidity, this is approachable and firm in the mouth, with tart fruit layered in front of dark tannins and dark chocolate towards a smoky bro... 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 ...

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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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