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...

  • Merlot

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

  • Burger Grape

  • 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...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

Subregions of Bordeaux

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Bordeaux View all

  • Alexis Lichine

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

  • Château Haute Brande

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

  • 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...

  • Malesan

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

  • Château Lamothe de Haux

    Château Lamothe has belonged to the family since 1956. Château Sauvage was added in 1978 and Chât...

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Bordeaux on Snooth

  • Château Picampeau Red Bordeaux Blend Lussac-St. Émilion 2005

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    Wine review by SCM42


  • Yep. Although some of that Bordeaux that's pretty cheap deserves to be out of business too! Bottom line is that there's a lot of good wine in the world these days and between $15 and $25 you can do really well. Between $10 and $15 it's harder, but still possible, as long as you look for discounts.Big Cabs from CA? Nope. But if you're stuck with ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Your fave Cab under $20?!


  • Bottom line, look elsewhere for cabs at that price. Without having tasted every ... ... I'd rather have some Bordeaux outliers or Aussie options or certain Italian super-Tuscans. Unfortunately Chono went haywire, but maybe even a Chilean, though lots of chaff compared to wheat there still.  Let K&L and others go to town. Anything that lowers CA... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Your fave Cab under $20?!


  • Le Petit Haut Lafite 2009

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    This deep, dark wonderful expression of northern Graves has a deep red colour (almost black) with a nose of evenly crushed blackberry... very elegant. On the palate, there is more Sauvignon heritage with warm, sweet cigar and Kirsch. As a second wine, unbelievable. 91 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Chateau Goubau "La Source" 2009

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    This is the premier wine of Chateau Goubau and it quite rightly presents an interesting, deep, rich red colour and a nose of Maraschino Cherry, wet earth, coffee and maple bacon. Entry is grainy, filled with cherry Kirsch flavours and the finish is quite long. Why pay St.-Emilion prices when this is available? 89 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Chateau Guibonnet Cotes de Bourg 1996

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £10 from a wine merchant in Sussex. Cotes de ... north-east of the City of Bordeaux close to the confluence with the Garonne. Chateau Guibonnet is a small property owned by the Castel family. The wine is made up of 75% merlot with the rest made up of the two cabernets. I started my bottle last night with my sup... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Château du Grand Carretey Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend Sauternes 2005

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    This is an inconsistent wine from bottle to bottle.Some have fresh ripe fruit, others taste oxidized. When harvesting Sauternes, it usually requires several passes through the vineyard to gather all the botrytis affected berries. The problem with this is that if you start the harvest too late, the last sweep of the vineyard can pick up oxidized ... Read More

    Wine review by 540750Zuiko 540750 Zuiko


  • Have only tried the '89 which was memorable, but not sure the bottle was a ... only own about 3.5 cases of Bordeaux, but have 12+ cases of Burgundy, mostly cru' Read More

    Forum post in the topic Montrose: good stuff!


  • Here's another of those eye-popping offers from HDH, though it always ... ... bottle prices are for older Bordeaux library offerings compared to those from the last several years. And Montrose itself was never really found by the Chinese. There's no question of provenance here since these bottles are all from the chateau itself. I'd go for the... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Montrose: good stuff!


  • Closest inspiration to Bordeaux is Malescot St. Exupery...also happens to be in Margaux. Also, can someone identify who this is?  Read More

    Forum post in the topic New Quiz: What wine is this?


  • 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...

    Comment by 132989mbhes 132989 mbhes


  • 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)

    Comment by 791708MEmma 791708 MEmma


  • 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

    Comment by 738689TigZ 738689 TigZ


  • sichel ?

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