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...

  • 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...

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 Lamothe de Haux

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

  • Malesan

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

  • Château Haute Brande

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

  • Château Tour de Ségur

    Area : 28 hectares of red varietals Soil : Majority clay-limestone on limestone shelf with clay-s...

  • Château De Seguin

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

  • 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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  • Having a Chateau Ducasse Bordeaux now waiting for the most beautiful womean in the world, dinner will be roast rabbit and root vegetables paired with a 2009 Au Bon Climat Pinot Noir  Read More

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  • That flatter(closeder)-at-first phenomenon is something common across most ... ... ... the Rhone or Burgundy or Bordeaux or anywhere else--taste it within a few minutes, talk about how basically boring it is and then gravitate towards the CA wines and assign the French to their TN scrapheap. And why I don't tend to lend much credence to their ... Read More

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  • Château Saint-Antoine Red Bordeaux Blend Bordeaux Supérieur Cuvée Etienne 2010

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    Barnyard first, black fruit second. I could pick up the licorice and cedar combo which gave me the barnyard feel. Medium red color...I expected much darker. Black plum present, as well. I bought this in France. Read More

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  • Richard  I also like syrah and do not want to make you jealous but I have ... ... at are the right bank in Bordeaux [apart from some Saint Emilions and Pomerols ],the Southern Rhone [apart from Chateauneuf] and Languedoc/south-west There are also good value for money wines to be had in the Loire valley and in Beaujolais.Not all Burgundies are ... Read More

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  • But comrades, the northern Rhone has always been very good as many of you ... ... course - but that is true of Bordeaux and many of the other regions mentioned above.My recommendation?  Head south, young person.  The Southern Rhone - with the possible exception of Chateauneuf-de-Pape - remains a bargain.Cheers!  Read More

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  • Burgundy is Bordeaux demand x 2 with 1/4 of the production, mas o menos.Everything's getting expensive Fox!Gotta save those pennies amid all the spending. Read More

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  • St Joe is one of the most underrated regions IMO. Crozes too actually - I have ... ... is kind of a reaction to Bordeaux, whereas Hermitage used to be put INTO Bordeaux.So people who objected to the large corporate ownership of the huge Bordeaux estates, and who objected to Parker for whatever emotional or philosophical reason, looked at Burgu... Read More

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  • Except that it depends on where in Bordeaux you're talking about. It's a huge place and the various subregions can be quite different. I had a number of 2009s that were around 15% alcohol and they're not in need of much aging, particularly from St. Emilion.That said, we just started 2015. A 2009 anything from anywhere isn't that old except for m... Read More

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  • Verdillac Bordeaux 2012

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    Good everyday red wine. Read More

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  • We finished off the Ridge cab last evening while watching the President's ... and Sandra had some type of Bordeaux wine.  It was a nice evening with us getting home just as the President walked up to the podium. &nbs 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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  • 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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