Haut-Medoc produces only red wines (220,000 hl/year) on 4,800 hectares of clay and limestone soils. Maturing in oak barrels is very frequent to give the wines leather aromas.
The AOC (Appellation d'origine contrôlée) Haut-Médoc or Haut-Médoc controlled appellation is part of the Bordeaux vineyard. It is a fairly large regional area of exploitation. For centuries, the region's productions have been reputed.
What you need to know about the Haut-Médoc appellation
Haut-Médoc wines come from the department of Gironde in the Aquitaine region. More specifically, they are produced in the south of the Médoc vineyards. They are not to be mistaken with the wines from the north of the estate which benefit from the Médoc appellation.
The production area is located in the north of Bordeaux and runs along the upper reaches of the estuary. Médoc wines began to become famous around the 16th and 17th centuries. The appellation was officially recognised on November 14, 1936. The decree was updated in December 2011.
The AOC Haut-Médoc is planted on a soil mainly composed of gravel. It is a mixture of sand and gravel. A clay-limestone subsoil is also present in the area. The vines are planted on well-drained parts, which gives tasty ageing wines. A temperate oceanic climate also allows to obtain outstanding wines.
How to recognize Haut-Médoc wines?
The Haut-Médoc appellation only produces red wines. Thanks to its 4,800 hectares, its winegrowers bottle 220,000 hectolitres of wine each year. To obtain them, the winegrowers mainly work with Cabernet Sauvignon. Sometimes they also use Merlot. Under certain conditions, the