La BORDEAUXTHÈQUE

Médoc

Besides the prestigious village appellations such as Margaux, Pauillac, Saint-Julien and Saint-Estèphe, the Médoc area includes four other AOC.

The Haut-Médoc AOC begins fifteen kilometers north of Bordeaux and extends northwards while skipping over the village appellations. 242 châteaux and 150 wine cooperatives own 4,567 hectares of vineyard. There are 5 Classified Growths: 1 Third Growth, 1 Fourth Growth and 3 Fifth Growths. The Haut-Médoc terroir is composed of gravel hillocks which is favorable to Cabernet Sauvignon. They are on a clay and limestone substrate which is good for growing Merlot, with some areas with more limestone and others with more sand. The other varieties are Cabernet Franc and sometimes Petit Verdot and Malbec. The proximity of the Gironde estuary plays a beneficial role in regulating the climate and the Landes pine forest protects the vineyards from the westerly winds. Haut-Médoc AOC wines are robust and well-structured and offer aromas of small red or black berries, liquorice and roasted coffee. They can age well.

Two other small interesting AOC are enclaves within the Haut-Médoc AOC, inland from the Gironde. They are interesting in terms of value for money: Listrac (685 hectares) and Moulis (630 hectares) and include some very well-made Crus Bourgeois.

The last one, to the very north, of the Médoc is the Médoc AOC which runs along the Gironde estuary to the Pointe de Grave. With 5,473 hectares, this AOC covers 35% of the total Medoc vineyard: 239 châteaux including some Cru Bourgeois and many wine cooperative. There is a majority of Merlot associated with Cabernet-Sauvignon.

Château La Lagune
3ème Cru Classé
Haut-Médoc

L'Héritage de Chasse Spleen
2nd label of Château Chasse-Spleen
Haut-Médoc

La Closerie de Camensac
2nd label of Château Camensac
Haut-Médoc

Les Allées de Cantemerle
2nd label of Château Cantemerle
Haut-Médoc

Les Calèches de Lanessan
2nd label of Château Lanessan
Haut-Médoc

N°2 de Maucaillou
2nd label of Château Maucaillou
Moulis

Château La Tour Carnet
4ème Cru Classé
Haut-Médoc

Château Camensac
5ème Cru Classé
Haut-Médoc

Château Cantemerle
5ème Cru Classé
Haut-Médoc

Château Belle-Vue

Haut-Médoc

Château Bernadotte

Haut-Médoc

Château Charmail

Haut-Médoc

Château Doyac

Haut-Médoc

Château du Taillan

Haut-Médoc

Château Peyrabon

Haut-Médoc

Château Sénéjac

Haut-Médoc

Château Citran

Haut-Médoc

Château Fourcas-Dupré

Listrac-Médoc

Château Fourcas-Hosten

Listrac-Médoc

Château Lanessan

Haut-Médoc

Château Larrivaux

Haut-Médoc

Château Le Borderon
2nd label of Château Larrivaux
Haut-Médoc

Chapelle de Potensac
2nd label of Château Potensac
Médoc

La Demoiselle de Sociando-Mallet
2nd label of Château Sociando-Mallet
Haut-Médoc