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

  • 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...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Burger Grape

  • Mission

    The Mission or Pais grape was the first Vitis vinifera vine planted in North America. From 1697 until well into the 1...

  • Sémillon

    History of the grape: Little is documented about the early years of this grape, which is surprising due to its distin...

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

  • 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

  • Malesan

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

  • Château Timberlay

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

  • Château Franc Cardinal

    This estate was originally owned by Jean-Louis Lacour but he sent most of his production to a n...

  • 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...

  • Alexis Lichine

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

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Bordeaux on Snooth

  • Clos Floridene Blanc 2014


    Clos Floridene is a good, sauvignon blanc based wine from Graves, and is about right for consumption now. There is the muted herbaceous nose and entry followed by the usual rich finish of white fruit. Drink now or until 2020. 90. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Château Vray Croix de Gay Red Bordeaux Blend Pomerol 2001


    I bought two bottles of this wine for £37 from the website ... on the right bank of the Bordeaux region.This commune is only about 3 square miles so it is one of the smaller Bordeaux appellations.Chateau Vray Croix de Gay is a tiny 3 1/2 hectare property owned by the Baronne Guichard concern.My bottles consist of 80% merlot and 20% cabernet fra... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Chateau Amour 2015


    Château Amour reveals elegance with a ruby red robe.Aromas of crystallized red fruits with hints of vanilla.Exceptional structure, nobility of finish. Irresistibly gourmand. Read More

    Wine review by dwl France

  • Chateau de Panigon 2010


    Gleaming and profound in color, Château de Panigon 2015 abounds in small black fruits(blackberry) and spicy. Its freshness and aromatic complexity are expressed through a delicate palette of toasted oak and brioche notes.With superb body length, beautiful silky tannins. Wine Enthusiast 91/100 Read More

    Wine review by dwl France

  • Chateau Brown Blanc 2014


    The 2014 Chateau Brown is filled with nuts and apricot on the nose and entry; there is a hint of apricot preserve on the palate and a deep, apricot-peach finish with a hint of sweetness and musk. Drink now. 89-90. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Prima Cadillac Chateau Carignan 2015


    Chateau Carignan Prima (and it is a first in this stable, crois moi)..One hundred percent Merlot, it is fine, robust, young wine with a beautiful red current base to the nose. Entry is slightly tannic, but drinkable now, easily, with integrated oak, red current, unripe cherry and grapes on the skin. This is fine wine for pucker now, but will l... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Chateau Pedesclaux Paulliac Ac 2005


    I bought this bottle of wine for £28 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.Chateau Pedesclaux was a fifth growth in that classification..My bottle consists of 50% cabernet sauvigno... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Clos des Lunes "Lune d'Argent" 2015


    Another great white from Domaine de Chevalier. Semillon dominant on the nose ... dense and viscous than other Bordeaux Blanc in similar price ranges. Fresh and tasty. 8 Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Clos Floridene Blanc 2015


    The 2015 edition of Clos Floridene is a noble, somewhat reserved Graves Blanc with a couple of years left in the pocket but best now; the nose is dominated by soft white fruit such as (perhaps) lychee and sweet pear topped off with lime. Entry is equally reserved and elegant. There is a hint of menthol, grass, and stewed white fruit. Finish i... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Chateau de France Blanc 2015


    Yeah, this wine is no potassium cyanide, as per some remarks I made on the discussion pages, but this fine white has a slightly stringent nose - that almond of cyanide, I suppose, but this is dominated by lemon oil. On the palate, we have mature, slightly bitter sauvignon notes. Finish is medium, fresh and clean. Beautiful for the price. 90. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • 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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