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Bordeaux – France

Haut-Medoc is the large southern section of the greater Medoc district of Bordeaux in south-western France and also the name of the appellation that covers the vineyards here. It accounts for two-thirds of the Medoc peninsula and produces more fine wine per acre than almost anywhere else in the world.

The Haut-Medoc is home to the ‘famous four’ Bordeaux appellations of Margaux, Pauillac, Saint-Estephe and Saint-Julien, as well as the lesser-regarded Listrac and Moulis. They account for the majority of the wines produced here. The remainder are produced under the more general Haut-Medoc title.

The soil in the Haut-Medoc region is mainly composed of thick gravel layers that have been swept down river over time and now sit on a base of heavy clay. The warm, well-drained gravel terraces provide ideal growing conditions for the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon grapes that dominate plantings in the Medoc. Further inland, the soils turn to deep deposits of clay, where the Merlot grape variety thrives. Patches of limestone and sandier soils add diversity to the more widely spread gravels, which otherwise dominate the terroir.

ImageTypeRegionNameVintageRating
Chateau Cambon Pelouse Cru BChateau Cambon Pelouse Cru BWA 85-87
Chateau Charmail CBSChateau Charmail CBSRP 90
Chateau Citran CBChateau Citran CBRP 89
Chateau Coufran Cru BChateau Coufran Cru BRP 84
Chateau Coufran Cru BChateau Coufran Cru BRP 87-89
Château La Lagune 3CCChâteau La Lagune 3CCRP 93
Chateau La Tour Carnet 4CCChateau La Tour Carnet 4CCRP 91
Chateau Lamothe Bergeron Cru BChateau Lamothe Bergeron Cru B
Chateau Larose Trintaudon CBChateau Larose Trintaudon CB
Les Allees de Cantemerle H-MedocLes Allees de Cantemerle H-MedocRP 88