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The first thing we should note about the Médoc Appellation is that it is sometimes confused with the region known as “The Médoc”. In fact “The Médoc” refers to the entire peninsula on the Left Bank which includes Haut-Medoc, Saint Estephe, Pauillac, Saint Julien, Moulis, lIstrac and Margaux. Whereas, the appellation Médoc only concerns the northern part of the peninsula and is sometimes referred to as “Lower Médoc”, it extends over 80 km long and 10 km wide.

Although there are no properties in the north ranked in the 1855 classification, many of the Médoc Chateaux have the classification of cru-bourgeois a term which dates back to the middle ages and is synonymous with history and quality.

The wines of the Médoc AOC have their very own character because it corresponds to a very specific terroir, in comparison to its southern neighbours is relatively low lying with less Gravel ridges and has more deep clay rich soils which are better suited to Merlot. Therefore, wines of the Médoc AOC tend to be more Merlot dominated with Cabernet Sauvignon and small amounts of Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec providing distinctively different wines to the other Medoc appellations.

The Médoc AOC wines are structured, robust, generous and full-bodied, and can have aromas of liquorice, raspberries, prune, chocolate, cedar and blackberries. They age well and can represent good value for money so despite being somewhat overshadowed by its famous neighbours it is an appellation to look out for!


Planted Grapes Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec, Carmenère
Ageing Potential      Red: 5 to 15 years
Typical Style Structured, robust, generous and full-bodied.
Typical Aromas Liquorice, red and black berries, animal and roasted aromas with age.
Food Matching Poultry, red meat, foie gras and cheese.
Best Vintages 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2001, 2000, 1998, 1995, 1990, 1989

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