Wine Guide

The Medoc

When discussing Left bank claret, frequent reference is made to ‘classed growth’ and ‘cru bourgeois’ wines. Full details of the Bordeaux classifications are available, including the 1855 classification for classed growth properties of the Médoc and the 2003 Cru Bourgeois classification.

Graves & Pessac-Leognan

Now south of the Haut-Médoc we have Graves, and its enclave Pessac-Léognan. This region is famed for its gravelly soil, hence the name Graves. A gravelly soil minimises nutrition for the vines, and improves drainage

Pomerol & St.Emilion

To the east of the Gironde estuary are the red wine appellations of Pomerol and St Emillion. Pomerol is home to the most expensive wines of Bordeaux, with Pétrus leading the pack.

Lesser Appellations

The less prominent appellations of Bordeaux are certainly worth knowing about, as wines to rival some of the best in Bordeaux can be picked up at a fraction of the price. Just west of Pomerol are Fronsac and Canon-Fronsac.

Sauternes & Similar

The tiny appellation of Sauternes lies on the west bank of the Garonne, south of Graves. This point on the river is prone to autumn mists, and this combination of morning mist with sunny afternoons favours the development of noble rot


The different regions of Bordeaux are favoured by different vintages. It is worth remembering that this is a huge region, producing massive amounts of wine – more than the whole of Australia.