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Left Bank Bordeaux Wine Chateaux Listings, Character, Buying Guide

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The official Guide to the best wines and all the top chateaux from the Left Bank of Bordeaux covers the best Bordeaux wine from Margaux St. Julien Pauillac St. Estephe, Haut Medoc and Pessac Leognan appellations. This page offers complete profiles, histories, wine tasting notes, ratings, reviews, images and links to buy wine for all the top chateaux located in all eight different appellations or communes located in the Left Bank of Bordeaux. The Left Bank of Bordeaux is the home to all of the official 1855 Classified Bordeaux wines.

If you want to read about other Bordeaux wine producers in different Bordeaux appellations: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles If you are interested in learning more about Bordeaux wine, we offer numerous articles on everything about Bordeaux wine, from a history of the Bordeaux region and the famous 1855 Classification, the grapes used to produce Bordeaux wine and even vintage summaries covering Bordeaux wine from 1900 to today: All About Bordeaux Wine Guide

While some of the Left Bank of Bordeaux has been populated since Roman times, the Left Bank did not become what many wine lovers consider the world’s epicenter for wine until the start of the 18th century, when the majority of the land switched to the cultivation of grapes for the production of Bordeaux wine. With natural drainage, access to water from the Atlantic ocean the Gironde, gentle slopes and its unique variety of gravel, stones, sand, limestone and clay soils in its terroir, the Left Bank was perfect for the production of Bordeaux wine. For a deeper understanding of the terroir in Bordeaux; Bordeaux Terroir and Soil This unique combination of soil types and grape varieties are a large part of what has helped make the wines from Medoc and the Left Bank of Bordeaux so famous, as well as sought after all over the world.

The Left Bank of Bordeaux is the wine producing region where you will find the appellations that many of the most famous Bordeaux wine producers call home including chateaux located in Margaux, Pauillac, St. Julien, St. Estephe, Pessac Leognan and the Haut Medoc along with chateaux from lesser, surrounding appellations. While all the wines from the Left Bank of Bordeaux are blends, in the Medoc, Cabernet Sauvignon is the dominant grape, followed by Merlot and Cabernet Franc. To a lesser degree, Petit Verdot, Malbec and small amounts of Carmenere are also planted in the Left Bank of Bordeaux. While the vast majority of wines produced in the Medoc are red Bordeaux wine, there are a few producers that also make white Bordeaux wine, most notably Chateau Margaux. However, the best white Bordeaux wines are produced in the Pessac Leognan appellation. With the exception of Chateau Haut Brion, all the chateaux that earned their place in the 1855 Classification are located in the Medoc, which is the heart and soul of the Left Bank of Bordeaux.

The Medoc also includes the Haut Medoc, Moulis, Medoc and Listrac appellations. In total, there are 13,727 hectares planted with vines in the Medoc. Looking on a map, the Medoc starts just north of the city of Bordeaux and extends north, past St. Estephe to the Le Verdon port. However, many people also consider the Left Bank to include the wines of Pessac Leognan, which adds an additional 1,199 hectares under vine bring the total amount of hectares under vine to 14,926!

The Left Bank is where you will find all the First Growth Bordeaux, as well as all the other 1855 Classified Bordeaux wines of the Medoc including the Second Growths, Third Growths, Fourth Growths and Fifth Growths. In the Left Bank of Bordeaux, more than 200 chateaux can be found that are classified as Cru Bourgeois. The Left Bank is also the home of all the Cru Bourgeois estates. While most of the Cru Bourgeois are located in Haut Medoc, others are situated all over the area from as far north as slightly above St. Estephe to below Margaux in the south as well. You can also find more than 40 chateaux classed as Artisan Crus, cooperatives and a countless array of small, unknown growers in the Left Bank of Bordeaux.

The classification of the Medoc took place in 1855. The first classification of Left Bank Bordeaux producers classed as Cru Bourgeois took place in 1932. Pessac Leognan has its own classification, which was finalized in 1959.

The links on this page bring to you fully detailed, exclusive profiles of all the best Chateau and wine producers in the Left Bank of Bordeaux. The pages and articles include wine tasting notes, in-depth histories and profiles of all the top Bordeaux Chateau in the Medoc as well as the wine making techniques, grapes and more, while viewing exclusive images of all the important Bordeaux chateau located in the Left Bank of Bordeaux.

 

Bordeaux Wine Producing Chateaux in the Medoc listed in the geographical order from north to south.

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