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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

Subregions of Bordeaux

  • Cadillac

    Delimited region of production: This appellation is produced in 22 communes situated on slopes ...

  • Entre-Deux-Mers

      The region’s name, which means “between two seas,” refers to its location between the Dord...

  • Fronsac

    Fronsac Fronsac is an appellation created in 1936 for red and rose wines from 7 communes a...

  • Graves

    Graves Graves is an appellation created in 1937 for red and white wines from 44 communes s...

  • Graves Supérieures

    Created in 1937, the Graves Supérieures AOC produces sweet white wines in the same growing region...

  • Loupiac

    Delimited region of production: Right Bank of the Garonne River. Only the commune of Loupiac ca...

  • Margaux

    Margaux Margaux is an appellation created in 1938,although there has been viticulture here...

  • Médoc

      Geographically the Medoc is the entire peninsular north of the City of Bordeaux but the ap...

  • Pauillac

    Pauillac Pauillac is a Bordeaux appellation created in 1936,although there has been viticu...

  • Pomerol

      Pomerol is an appellation created in 1936,although wine making here goes back to at least ...

  • Premières Côtes de Bordeaux

    Delimited region of production: This appellation is produced in 39 communes on slopes on the Ri...

  • Sainte-Croix-du-Mont

    Delimited region of production: Right Bank of the Garonne River. Only the commune of Sainte-Cro...

  • Saint-Emilion

    St-Emilion is a commune in Bordeaux which is located along the right (northeast) bank of the Do...

  • Sauternes

      Sauternes is an appellation created in 1936,although there has been viticulture here for c...

  • 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 Haute Brande

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

  • Château Timberlay

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

  • Château Grand-Jean

    The DULON family have been wine-makers from father to son for more than 250 years, although there...

  • Alexis Lichine

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

  • Château Tour de Ségur

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

  • 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

  • Chateau Deyrem Valentin 2016

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    Deepest red in the glass. Nose of cedar wood, sweet cherry and currant. Clean and pure like the finest fruit. Slight edge to the tannin with a promise of long life in the bottle. Good red fruit with some licorice and cake spice mid-palate. More suave, fleshy and aromatic red fruit on the finish with a touch of cigar tobacco. Elegance and gr... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Chateau Calon Segur St. Estephe France Bordeaux 2008

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    Sweet plum, cedar and cassis (blackberry) on the nose coming from a glass in which the wine presents as almost opaque red. Entry is smooth with swirls of cherry, cedar, fresh tobacco leaf and even dark roast coffee. This wine answers the bell with a smooth finish and diminished tannin. Perfect now. 92+ Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Chateau Brown Pessac-Leognan Blanc 2002

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £15 from the www.cellartrade.co.uk website. ... southern part of the City of Bordeaux.My bottle comes from the well known estate of Chateau Brown,consists of 70% sauvignon blanc and 30% semillon and was aged in oak barrels for 9 months I started the bottle last night with my supper of smoked salmon and salad. T... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • A fan of strong drink, eh DV (well, maybe not, given your upbringing and ... - ... ... - and overall - I prefer Bordeaux, Rhone and Loire-style blends whether from the region of origin (in style) or from good locations elsewhere - allure of certain Hispanic and Italic wines notwithstanding.However, when you drink a truly fine PN from Burgundy ... Read More

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  • Chateau Chantegrive 2009

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £10 from a wine merchant in Sussex. Graves is ... is ... south of the City of Bordeaux.My bottle is a red wine from one of the larger estates,consists of 50% merlot and 50% cabernet sauvignon and was aged in oak barrels for 12 months.I started the bottle the other evening with my chicken supper.There is plenty ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


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  • Chateau Carignan 2016

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    The 2016 Carignan is another triumph. Here is further proof that the literati of the wine world know much about hype, little about real quality. Why? Best look to the virtues and limitations of capitalism. Anyway, this fine Merlot-based wine has dagger-like oak elements (well integrated) on the palate that bespeak of further aging possibility... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • I'm trying!  If only you'd join in on the Bordeaux.  Time is running out... on the 2016 availability, I mean.Z. Read More

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  • I dare say you are right concerning the general level of quality GT.  I ... ... level - mostly - 2016 Bordeaux due to the obviously high quality there).  Hence, you now almost certainly know more about the contemporary BC wine scene than I - although DV keeps his hand in things on a pretty much constant basis.My last sortie was into the garag... Read More

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  • I don't know how Bruce got the wines. I know that we used to drop them off ... it was better than the aged Bordeaux or Barolo or Rioja, but it was good enough that everyone was happy to drink it. And I wouldn't be ashamed to pour many of the BC wines in good company.But part of the fun is finding wines you haven't heard about forever. So we kn... 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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