The appellation Haut-Médoc is spread over more than a third of the Medoc vineyard in the region of Bordeaux, stretching over about sixty kilometers from the town of Blanquefort in the south to Saint-Seurin de Cadourne in the north. Its vineyard occupies a surface of approximately 4800 hectares of vines for a production of 32 million bottles on average.
The wines of Haut-Médoc are known to be full-bodied, flattering and fleshy. They come from a predominantly gravelly terroir complemented by clay-limestone soils. In total, it has 5 Grands Crus Classés in 1855.
What are the characteristics of the Haut-Médoc appellation?
Thanks to the diversity of its terroirs, the appellation Haut-Médoc allows Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot to flourish in a large majority, as well as Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec.
- The Cabernet Sauvignon gives the wines their tannic structure, their capacity of keeping and a beautiful aroma.
- The Merlot completes the blends and brings fruity aromas as well as a silky side.
- The Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, present in minority, bring respectively aromatic freshness and an intense color.
- As for Malbec, also present in minority, it brings fruit and aromatic intensity.
What are the emblematic properties of the appellation Haut-Médoc?
The appellation Haut-Médoc includes a total of 5 Grands Crus Classés in 1855:
- 1 Third Grand Cru Classé : Château La Lagune
- 1 Fourth Grand Cru Classé : Château La Tour Carnet
- 3 Fifths Grand Cru Classé : Château Cantemerle, Château Camensac, Château Belgrave