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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Sémillon

    History of the grape: Little is documented about the early years of this grape, which is surprising due to its distin...

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 de Parenchere

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

  • Lamothe

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

  • Château Maison Blanche

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

  • Château Peyredoulle

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

  • Château Franc Cardinal

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

  • Château Timberlay

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

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Bordeaux on Snooth

  • Chateau la Louviere Pessac-Leognan 2014

    Snoothrank:

    I bought this botte of wine from the website ... southern part of the City of Bordeaux.Chateau la Louviere is a well established producer here and is owned by Andre Lurton who played a leading role in establishing the new appellation.My bottle consists of 70% cabernet sauvignon and 30% merlot and the wine spent 12 months in oak barrels. I start... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Chateau de Fontenille Bordeaux Rose 2016

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    Clean and aromatic with flower petal notes and fresh cherries, a touch of mixed berry and some strawberry notes. On the palate this has a pleasant medium-full mouthfeel, nice heft and notes of cherry, watermelon and crisp minerality, this finishes with aearthy resin and raspberry. 89 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Château Mont-Pérat Red Bordeaux Blend Premières Côtes de Bordeaux 2003

    Snoothrank:

    I bought this bottle of wine for £10 from a wine merchant in Sussex. Premieres Cotes de Bordeaux is an appellation for red,white,rose and sparkling wines [though 90% are red] from the east bank of the river Garonne between the City of Bordeaux and the small town of Cadillac.It became incorporated into the new Cotes de Bordeaux appellation in 200... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Chateau Recougne Bordeax Superieur

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    No written review

    Wine review by gntop1


  • Chateau Cissac Cru Bourgeois Haut-Medoc 2014

    Snoothrank:

    I bought this bottle of wine from the website ... miles north of the City of Bordeaux itself.Winemaking really got started here at the end of the 17th century when Dutch engineers drained the salt marshes and it now includes some of the world's great wine estates.Chateau Cissac is a well known family estate with cru bourgeois status. My bottle ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Yeah - been waiting for two 2015 Bordeaux's to arrive and I got an itchy finger.  D - please go to WD and look at Zin Night thread I'd appreciate your thoughts.  Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Porte du Roy Red Bordeaux Blend St. Émilion Grand Cru 1999

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £12.50 from the website www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/128624.Viticulture in the Saint Emilion area goes back to at least Roman times and appellation status was awarded for red wines in 1936.Porte du Roy is a grower associated with the Union de Producteurs a Saint Emilion co-operative group.I started the bott... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Confidences de Prieure Lichine Margaux 2015

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    No written review

    Wine review by gntop1


  • Haut Brion 2015

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    No written review

    Wine review by gntop1


  • Larose Saint Laurent Haut Medoc 1999

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • 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

    Comment by 928175pork4e15 928175 pork4e15


  • 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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