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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.

TypeRegionNameVintageRating
Château Bernadotte Cru BChâteau Bernadotte Cru BRP 89
Chateau Cambon Pelouse Cru BChateau Cambon Pelouse Cru BWA 85-87
Chateau Charmail Cru Bourgeois SupérieurChateau Charmail Cru Bourgeois SupérieurRP 90
Chateau Citran CBChateau Citran CBRP 85
Chateau Citran CBChateau Citran CBJS 92
Chateau Citran CBChateau Citran CBRP 89
Château Fontesteau Cru BChâteau Fontesteau Cru B
Château Fontesteau Cru BChâteau Fontesteau Cru BWE 89
Chateau Lamothe Bergeron Cru BChateau Lamothe Bergeron Cru BWE 90
Château Lanessan Cru BChâteau Lanessan Cru BRP 85
Chateau Larose Trintaudon CBChateau Larose Trintaudon CBWE 92
Chateau Larose Trintaudon CBChateau Larose Trintaudon CBRP 91
Chateau Larose Trintaudon CBChateau Larose Trintaudon CBRP 86
Château Larrivaux CBChâteau Larrivaux CBRP 86
Château Larrivaux CBChâteau Larrivaux CBRP 85
Château Sociando Mallet CBChâteau Sociando Mallet CBRP 89
Château Sociando Mallet CBChâteau Sociando Mallet CBRP 90
Les Allees de Cantemerle H-MedocLes Allees de Cantemerle H-MedocRP 88