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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Justin Christoph

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

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

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

  • Château Haute Brande

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

  • Château Lamothe de Haux

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

  • Château de Beauregard-Ducourt

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

  • Baron Philippe De Rothschild

    Since 1933, Baron Philippe de Rothschild SA, located at Pauillac in the Médoc, has been motivated...

  • Alexis Lichine

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

  • Château Maison Blanche

    Les terres de Maison Blanche sont foulées par l’homme depuis longtemps, fort longtemps, bien avan...

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Bordeaux on Snooth

  • Hollywood Bowl, last night.  First time this season.The Program:Symphony ... out that they were drinking Bordeaux They were pretty nice people, but not as engaging as we  normally meet during these picnics--i.e., they did not offer to share a taste of their wine even after we shared some peanut butter bars.  Again, though, by that time my tast... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • This was a Garagiste purchase from a couple years back...good Bordeaux nose, dark red fruits, slightly earthy and medicinal. Still some unfinished business on the back with some wood tannins sticking out but this is fine for the $11 or $15 after shipping paid.Oh, and the fruit fly death toll is at around 40 tonight...maybe I aggravated them with... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Chateau Haut Plaisance Bordeaux 2012

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    Wine review by Xeeran


  • Ginestet Margaux 2004

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    I bought this bottle of wine a while ago from a wine merchant in Sussex and I think I paid around £10 for it. Margaux is the largest AOC on the Medoc peninsular and the home of 18 cru classe in the famous 1855 classification. My bottle is not one of them but a negociant wine from the House of Ginestet. but I have been unable to find out much de... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Nectar Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

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    Wine review by Derek25


  • JD, those are merlot heavy Bordeaux's correct?  Especially the St. Emilion? Read More

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  • Chateau Cantelys Pessac Leognan 2009

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    This wine takes some air to open up. Moderate color, not inky, soft tannin, some cedar in the nose with plum, spice, black currant and floral notes. Medium body with a fairly long finish. An enjoyable wine but at this price point, I could beat it with a Washington state red blend or cab. My rating-- 89. Read More

    Wine review by 540750Zuiko 540750 Zuiko


  • The Clos Fourtet (St Emilion) was, the other two Cabernet Sauvignon driven ... ... them arguably more than the Bordeau Read More

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  • 2003 Bordeaux splits for lunch...the Lynch is preferred. Glorious nose, similar to what I recall from the '90 brought to an LA tasting some time back. 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


  • Chateau Lilian Ladouys 2010

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    This wine was given some great scores by the press although it didn't show any quality upon my tasting. Only slightly tannic and deeply colored, though it lacked fruit. Nice cedar nose. Overpriced. My rating 83. Read More

    Wine review 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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