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

  • 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...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • 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...

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 de Beauregard-Ducourt

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

  • Château Grand-Jean

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

  • Château Maison Blanche

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

  • Château Timberlay

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

  • Malesan

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

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Bordeaux on Snooth

  • Chateau la Dominique St. Emilion 2012


    This 2012 edition of la Dominique has a deep, gorgeous black red robe with that seductive charm of a dark cocoa and sweet cherry nose. Inviting and forthcoming of that invitation, the entry shows smooth cherry cola and vanilla notes on the front pallet with just a hint of stem-like weedy-ness on the finish. Remains age-worthy. Just short of a ... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Chateau Ripeau Grand Cru Classe Saint Emilion 2005


    I bought this bottle of wine for £16 from the website Viticulture in the Saint Emilion area goes back to at least Roman times.Appellation status was awarded for red wines in 1936 and a system of classification set up in 1954. Chateau Ripeau is one of the original Grand Cru Classe producers.My bottle consists of 70%merlot a... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Chateau Roumaud Loupiac 2015


    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002

  • Chateau Plagnac Cru Bourgeois Medoc 1994


    I bought two bottles of this wine for £20 from the website ... north of the City of Bordeaux but the appellation of that name for red wines created in 1936 only refers to the 16 communes at the northern end.The area is sometimes called the Bas-Medoc or lower Medoc though not on wine labels.There are no classed growths here though there are a nu... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Chateau Civrac Grand Vin Cotes de Bourg 2009


    I bought this bottle of wine for £12.50 from a wine merchant ijn Sussex.Cotes de Bourg is an appellation for red and white wines [though 90% are red] created in 1936,although there has been viticulture here since at least the 2nd century AD,from a large area of 15 communes around the small town of Bourg-sur-Gironde.This is located on the right o... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • La Croix D' Argent Bordeaux France Merlot Blend 2018


    for a young plain Bordeaux this one exemplifies the blend and region. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor

  • Château Croizet Bages Pauillac 1997


    I bought this bottle of wine for £21 from the website ... miles north of the City of Bordeaux and is one of the Bordeaux region's more prestigious appellations with 18 classed growths in the 1855 classification including three first growths and Chateau Croizet-Bage as a fifth growth.My bottle consists of 60% cabernet sauv... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Lafon Rochet 2005


    The '05 Chateau Lafon-Rochet after 11 years of cellaring and over 14 years since vendange shows only the slightest bricking on the rim and remains nearly opaque-cherry in presentation. Nose is blackberry, cassis, cedar plank and a trace of cake spice. The entry is slightly tart, with diminishing tannins followed by a creamy, sweeter and plummy... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Chateau Saint-Seurin Haut-Medoc 1997


    I bought this bottle of wine for £7 from the website ... miles north of the City of Bordeaux itself.Chateau Seurin is a small estate and I have not been able to discover the cepagement although I do know the wine spent 12 months in oak barrels.I started the bottle last night with my supper of baked chicken breasts.There ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Yes, I was in there today as well and saw the Bedrock - although I thought it ... (BC), although they had the Bordeaux blend (The Chase, I think they call it).Yes, a tasting would be good.  You and I might need a couple of days to work through the bottles - assuming help was not on the way Stateside. :-) 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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  • 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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