Guide to Medoc Bordeaux Wine Margaux St. Julien Pauillac St. Estephe

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The official guide to the Medoc covers the best Bordeaux Wine from Margaux St. Julien Pauillac St. Estephe and the Haut Medoc 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, which is referred to as the Medoc. The Medoc is the home to all but one of the official 1855 Classified Bordeaux wines. The Medoc also the home for all of the chateaux classified as Cru Bourgeois. In fact, more than 25% of all the wine produced, bottled and sold from the Medoc is currently classified as Cru Bourgeois.

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While the Medoc has been populated since Roman times, the area did not become what wine lovers in numerous countries consider the world’s epicenter for fine wine until the start of the 18th century. It was at that point that the majority of the land in the Medoc switched to the cultivation of grapes for the production of Bordeaux wine. Prior to that, much of the land was used for other agricultural products, hunting grounds and vacation escapes for the wealthy. With natural drainage, access to water from the Atlantic ocean and the Gironde, gentle slopes and its unique variety of gravel, stones, sand, limestone and clay soils in its terroir, coupled with its moderate climate, the Medoc was perfect for the production of Bordeaux wine. For a deeper understanding of the terroir in Bordeaux; Bordeaux Terroir and Soil

The Medoc is the Bordeaux wine producing region where you will find the appellations that many of the most famous Bordeaux wine producers call home, including chateaux located in the following important Bordeaux wine producing communes. The Medoc is a massive area. To the south, you’ll find the commune of Margaux. As you travel north, the Medoc includes the famous appellations of Saint Julien, Pauillac and Saint Estephe in the far north. 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.

With the exception of Chateau Haut Brion, the Medoc is where you will find all the First Growth Bordeaux, as well as all the other 1855 Classified Bordeaux wines and more than 200 wines classified as Cru Bourgeois. Most of the Cru Bourgeois estates are located in Haut Medoc, but others are situated from St. Estephe to Margaux 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 Medoc.

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One important fact to keep in mind is, the Haut Medoc appellation is not the same as the Medoc, which includes not only the Haut Medoc appellation, but all the other important communes in the Left Bank as well, Pauillac, Margaux, Saint Estephe and Saint Julien. Adding more confusion than clarity, the Medoc is both a commune, with only a few wines of repute, located to the north of the St. Estephe appellation and the large area of the Left Bank we previously referenced! If that’s not enough, to make things even more difficult for the moment, the Medoc is completely different and not to be confused with the area located north of St. Estephe, known as the Bas Medoc. Bas Medoc is a term that is seldom used these days. Today, the wines from Bas Medoc are listed simply as Medoc on the label. This can be a little difficult to follow for most consumers. Bas Medoc is an archaic term that ceased to exist at some point in the 1940’s, when the chateaux petitioned for a change saying the term Bas Medoc placed them as a commercial disadvantage. Today, the wines from Bas Medoc are noted by the term Medoc on the label.

The Medoc is famous for more than Bordeaux wine. Every September, a few weeks before harvest, the Marthon du Medoc race takes place. The race travels though some of the most beautiful and picturesque vineyards and Chateaux in Bordeaux. The Marthon du Medoc race is a contender for the most colorful marathon. Several of the most famous chateau sponsor teams of runners. The estates vary as some chateau take the race and winning seriously, bringing in outside runners to compete. Other chateaux prefer adding color to the race with costumes and wine and some properties prefer running teams with only people from Bordeaux. While some runners at the top end take the race seriously, others stop for refreshments and of course, Bordeaux wine along the way.

The links on the page bring to you full profiles of all the best Chateau and wine producers in the area of the Left Bank known as the Medoc. The pages include wine tasting notes, detailed 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 Medoc appellations.


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

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