The Haut-Médoc appellation is a vast and prestigious wine region located on the Left Bank of the Gironde in the northwest of Bordeaux. Covering roughly 4,600 hectares, this region forms a crucial part of the Médoc and is home to the famous appellations of Saint-Estèphe, Pauillac, Saint-Julien, Margaux, Moulis and Listrac.

 

The wines from Haut-Médoc predominantly feature the classic Bordeaux grape varieties. Cabernet Sauvignon is the mainstay imparting structure, intensity and aging potential to the wines. It is often blended with Merlot which brings roundness and softness, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec add additional aromatic nuances. This blend produces wines that are well-balanced with a harmonious mix of fruit, tannins and acidity. 

 

Haut-Médoc wines are renowned for their sophistication, elegance, balance and capacity for aging. They exhibit aromas of black fruits, cassis and plum accompanied by notes of cedar, tobacco and spices. 


Among the most iconic chateaux of the Haut-Medoc appellation, there are many renowned estates producing high-quality wines. Among them, several wines are classified in the 1855 classification such as Château La Lagune (Third Growths), Château La Tour Carnet (Fourth Growths) as well as Château Belgrave and Château Cantemerle are Fifth Growths. Other renowned estates in this region are : Château Belle-Vue, Château Verdignan, Château Lanessan, Château de Camensac and Château Sociando-Mallet.

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