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

  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • 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 Timberlay

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

  • Alexis Lichine

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

  • Château De Seguin

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

  • Lamothe

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

  • Malesan

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

  • Château Tour de Ségur

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

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Bordeaux on Snooth

  • Chateau Robin Castillon Cotes de Bordeaux 2015

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £10 from a shop in London's Belgravia ... on ... ... on the right bank of the Bordeaux region about 30 miles east of the City of Bordeaux itself close to the more prestigious Saint Emilion appellation.In 2009 it became part of the new Cotes de Bordeaux appellation. My bottle is from a small family concern and c... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • There is a lot of information on this vintage available at the usual download ... had a poor example from this Bordeaux vintage - which is either merely serendipitous or an excellent indicator of the quality (assuming, of course, that you trust my judgment).  If you have deep pockets and can squeeze out that last 5% of quality that is a rough ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic the Fabulous 2016 Bordeaux...


  • Chateau Tour Bel-Air Tradition 2016

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    This little known property in Fronsac flies under the radar, but has produced a yummy 100% Merlot wine for 2016: The bright cherry red robe and sweet, kirsch-like nose - slightly perfumed with subtle flowers like violets - is inviting, and the entry is filled with cherry and black currant (cassis) and finished by a creamy, medium but very satisf... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • I have posted about ten reviews on the site, but I will consolidate and comment ... - even those from regular Bordeaux properties. Read More

    Forum post in the topic the Fabulous 2016 Bordeaux...


  • Z, I'm pretty ignorant with respect to Bordeaux but really want to learn, hoping to receive some awesome insight. Read More

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  • Look forward to your observations  Read More

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  • The amount of product available from this vintage in the Gironde Basin is amazing and needs further (in depth) discussion.  I will await an inaugural entry by other members, but will add information by Sunday, October 13th if nothing is added.  In my lifetime, only the 2005, 2009 and 2010 merit any real comparison to this vintage. Read More

    Forum post in the topic the Fabulous 2016 Bordeaux...


  • Psst... this thread is actually about the wine you opened ... just now, or ... ... ... Becot 2016 (yes, another Bordeaux).  See the review on this site, if interested (you should be, why else come here?).Why?  Well, I need to drink down these 2016's... I rather overdid the buying and will have to ship a number of cases SW.  This wine is very p... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What's your Choice of Wine...


  • I can imagine the hidden powers of that Alexander Valley wine.  Nice ... ... hammering through the 2016 Bordeaux Release here in the western extremity of the Great White North.  Most of the petits chateaux done with for the time being, may drink some Grand Cru Classe this weekend and at a virtual tasting next week.  I have to watch my buying f... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What's your Choice of Wine...


  • Chateau Croix Mouton Bordeaux Supérieur 2016

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    The 2016 Croix-Mouton looks wonderfully Bordeaux in the glass - nearly opaque garnet. The nose is more muted than some of its peers...with a soft cranberry and cassis. Smooth entry, hitting above the usual Bordeaux Superieur, with a soft warm, finish that exudes coffee and cherry. Nicely done! 89-90. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


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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


  • 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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