Barsac, Gironde

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Town hall
Town hall
Coat of arms of Barsac
Coat of arms
Barsac is located in France
Coordinates: 44°36′37″N 0°18′47″W / 44.6103°N 0.3131°W / 44.6103; -0.3131Coordinates: 44°36′37″N 0°18′47″W / 44.6103°N 0.3131°W / 44.6103; -0.3131
Country France
Region Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Department Gironde
Arrondissement Langon
Canton Les Landes des Graves
Intercommunality Canton de Podensac
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Philippe Meynard
Area1 14.48 km2 (5.59 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 1,964
 • Density 140/km2 (350/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 33030 /33720
Elevation 3–21 m (9.8–68.9 ft)
(avg. 8 m or 26 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Barsac is a commune on the left bank of the Garonne river in the Gironde department in southwestern France.


Barsac is located 37 km upstream the Garonne river of Bordeaux.


Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1962 2,249 —    
1968 2,298 +2.2%
1975 2,019 −12.1%
1982 2,085 +3.3%
1990 2,058 −1.3%
1999 1,948 −5.3%
2008 1,964 +0.8%


The town gives its name to a wine making appellation, Barsac AOC, that produces sweet white wines.

The town and its vineyards are separated from the area of Sauternes to the south by the Ciron river, whose cooling effect is of key importance in encouraging the annual action of the Botrytis fungus on the Sémillon grapes. The area is marginally flatter than its neighbour and its wines are considered to be marginally lighter. The area is however permitted to use the Sauternes appellation.

Producers from the area include the First Growths Château Climens, and Château Coutet.


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