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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Alexis Lichine

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

  • Château de Beauregard-Ducourt

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

  • Château Peyredoulle

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

  • 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 Haute Brande

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

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Bordeaux on Snooth

  • Had a nice 2009 Michael Shaps Bordeaux-style blend Monday evening after helping a friend get discharged from the hospital.  She had ankle surgery from a fall she had last week.  Two years ago she broke her other ankle and a wrist.  Talk about bad luck. Read More

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  • AS per Dmker's suggestionI have started a discsussion on this topicHunter ... ... this is similar to BordeauxAussie SemillonsHunterTyrells Vat 1Tyrells Steven Vineyard\Mount Pleasant LovedaleMount Pleasant Elizabeth [best bargain]Thomas BraemoreWill Taylor WinesOtherPeter Lehmann Margaret - BarossaPenna Lane - Clare  &nbs Read More

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  • Wine isn't like paintings. If there's a painting by Van Gogh that you ... ... not like first growth Bordeaux. You don't have a track record of selling old wine either, and that matters to people.My guess is that the wine is not going to be worth a lot of money on the secondary market. Maybe to a store that likes to sell such things, but depen... Read More

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  • I was at a wine event in Yountville yesterday where they were pouring a number ... While there were a number of Bordeaux styled blends I figure you want expressions of Napa and not wines trying to be like wine from somewhere else. In the Cabernet Sauvignon camp there were not a lot of standouts in the widely available realm.2013 Beaulieu Viney... Read More

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  • I think JD is correct when you talk about Cab Sauv. Best is from Napa and you ... for people who like classic Bordeaux.The mass-market Chateau St. Michelle Cab or Merlot is actually pretty decent for what you pay. And in WA, Merlot is probably what you want to start with. They do a fantastic job. Not mass production but fairly priced would be ... Read More

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  • STEPHEN - I too, now, have that since I I had a brief chat with DMCKER about ... the stigma about the "Bordeaux" word in Bordeaux Blend they'd all be Red Blends.For me the subject has now become moot, since a whole lot of things are included.  So now when someone says they have a "Bordeaux Blend!:" I'm just going to ask - What's in i Read More

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  • Bordeaux Blend QuestionFrom Wiki"The wines that made Syrah famous were those from Hermitage, the hill above the town Tain-l'Hermitage in northern Rhône, where an hermitage (chapel) was built on the top, and where de Stérimberg is supposed to have settled as a hermit after his crusades. Hermitage wines have for centuries had a reputation for bein... Read More

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  • Château des Annereaux Red Bordeaux Blend Lalande de Pomerol 2014

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    nose of pepper spices; spicy with some berries Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Château Ramage la Batisse Cru Bourgeois Haut-Medoc 1993

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    This bottle was part of a lot I bought on 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 greatest wine estates. Chateau Ramage la Batisse is a Cru Bourgeois estate close to the borde... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Stephen - Tell me what your thoughts are on James Halliday.  For my money ... ... were for Italy and Bordeaux when he was working for WS and now, he's doing it for everyone that'll pay for it...Parker for Bordeaux and anything else with higher alcohol and tannins.I really don't know Halliday's body of work, thus the questio 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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  • sichel ?

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