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

  • Lamothe

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

  • Château Timberlay

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

  • Château De Seguin

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

  • Château Haute Brande

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

  • Château de Parenchere

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

  • 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

  • EM - Ridge are decent wines to be sure, but I too loved that Bedrock wine that ... time.RC - That 2010 Medoc Bordeaux would have been my choice in the above pair, but you selected the white over the red?  The Arnes must have been most excellent.  This afternoon after we returned from our yoga class, I washed and waxed our daughter's 2015 Smart... Read More

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  • Antoine  Branco (Bernisse) Wine list to be soldWine name and vintageWine ... 1,176Bordeaux City Bond (France)Cos d'Estournel 2006 - Saint-EstèpheRed12                     129.11                         1,549Bordeaux City Bond (France)Château Léoville Poyferré 2008 - Saint-JulienRed12                       77.10                             925Bo... Read More

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  • Chateau l'Argenteyre Cru Bourgeois Medoc 2010

    Snoothrank:

    Boy did this blossom over the last 2 years. Bought it on a whim after it was recommended to me as a "sleeper" by a friend. Had one a couple of yrs ago and didn't really think much of it - man have things changed. No longer a unyielding child it has grown into a velvety smooth, dark fruited, twinged with oak and a modestly tannic wine. Vanilla an... Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Mr. RBA - I know, you are not the only person (The others were locals.) that ... that made it stand out.The Bordeaux was very good and I'm wishing I had more - but then again it was stored properly for 3+ yrs and there is no guarantee that a bottle or two bought now would be the sam Read More

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  • Had a small group of friends over that grew from 4 to 8 as people saw the ... ... ... were showing well. The Bordeaux was very good, it came recommended to me as a "sleeper" and they were right.  Plenty of fruit, modest tannins, good acidity, some chocolate and spice.  Smooth as silk. The Arnes, however, was a gem.  Young yet well structured,... Read More

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  • Hello folks,  I have some wines I would like to sell privately. I was ... ... ... on HandChateau Hut-BergeyBordeaux2009 caseDomaine de ChevalierBordeaux2010blanccaseChateau Lafleur-GazinBordeaux2010 caseCarrudes de lafiteBordeux2006 caseChateau Cos d'Estournelbordeaux2004 2Chateau Cos d'Estournelbordeaux2003 2Catena Zapata NicasiaMalbec2007 1 ... Read More

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  • I only heard about Ridge wines through this forum and of course I was hooked. ... St. Francis Syrah and a 2012 Bordeaux from Haut Medoc.  Both were nice but the St. Francis wine was most excellent.  Oh, it was Cat Tuesday today, where I feed rescue kitties.  They are such loving animals.Dinner tonight was pasta that Sandra whipped up after she... Read More

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  • I have enjoyed a bottle of sweet desert wine from one of the Bordeaux region's smaller appellations;that of Cerons. It was from Chateau du Seuil and it was lovely,just like a Sauternes,an area just to the south of the Cerons appellation Read More

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  • Chateau du Seuil Cerons 2013

    Snoothrank:

    I bought this bottle of wine for £15 from a shop in Kent [www.dickenshousewine.co.uk ].Cerons is a small appellation created in 1936,although viticulture here goes back to the Romans, for sweet white wines from three communes around the village of that name just north of the Sauternes/Barsac appellation on the west bank of the river Garronne.The... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Either way, sounds good. Burgundy v. Bordeaux is always fun. 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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  • sichel ?

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