The AOC Haut-Médoc is the southern part of the Médoc peninsula, in a wide, 60 km strip of land twisting and turning among the different village appellations of St-Estephe, Pauillac, St-Julien, Margaux, Listrac, and Moulis.
The extraordinary differences in the style and quality of the wines from Haut-Médoc can be explained by the great variety of their terroirs which are very different to that of its northern neighbour and include five properties in the 1855 classification, and also a great number of cru bourgeois estates.
Although the terroir of the Haut-Médoc is very variable it is mainly composed of a large number of gravel ridges beneficial to drainage which is ideally suited to world-class Cabernet Sauvignon.
This is the classic wine of the Medoc which is generally dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon, followed by Merlot, with smaller proportion of Cabernet Franc, Petit verdot and Malbec.
The wines are lively, bright, generous and powerful, with complex and elegant aromas of red and black fruits with spicy notes. Although they can be enjoyed young they also have excellent aging potential.
The Haut-Médoc wines represent the famous Bordeaux wine style of the Left Bank, with historic Chateaux’s and consistent quality it has some of the best value wines Bordeaux has to offer!
|Planted Grapes||Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec, Carmenère|
|Ageing Potential||Red: 5 to 20 years|
|Typical Style||Lively, bright, generous and powerful.|
|Typical Aromas||Complex, elegant, woody with red and black berries, liquorice, and occasionally menthol and spice.|
|Food Matching||Poultry, all types of red meat, Barbeques and cheese.|
|Best Vintages||2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2001, 2000, 1998, 1995, 1990, 1989|
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