Appellation Haut Medoc is reserved for red still wine, located North West ( Blue ) within the Bordeaux wine region as seen in our Bordeaux wine glass.
The geographical location of Haut Medoc stretches on the left bank of the Garonne and the Gironde.
To conform to regulations, the vines of the appellation Haut Medoc have a minimum planting density of 6,500 vines per hectare.
The wines are of an intense color and offer great tannin and generally dominant in the Cabernet Sauvignon grape variety. Merlot is less present in these wines as is the Cabernet Franc grape variety. Smaller amounts Petit Verdot and more rarely Carmenere grape are also used.
Traditional grape variety Cabernet Sauvignon gives the wines of Haut Medoc spicy notes especially when aged in oak barrels.
Merlot brings the roundness to the wine and flexibility aromas of red fruits, as the structure and complexity can be strengthened by the Cabernet franc grape.
The AOC vineyard of Haut Medoc produces an average of 250,000 hectoliters of still red wines.
Wines are subject to an ageing until the 31st May following the years of harvest and the bottling of the wines is permitted from 1st June of the year following that of the the grape harvest. After the rearing period wines are marketed to the consumer from the 15th June of the year following the year of harvest.
The wine making, development and ageing of wines are guaranteed in the territory in the following communes of the department of Gironde:Arcins, Arsac, Avensan, Blanquefort, Cantenac,Castelnau de Medoc Cissac Medoc, Cussac Fort Medoc,Labarde,Lamarque,ListracMedoc, Ludon Medoc, Macau, Margaux, Moulis en Medoc, Parempuyre, Pauillac, Le Pian Medoc, Saint Aubin de Medoc,Saint Estephe, Saint Julien Beychevelle, Saint Laurent Medoc, Saint Medard en Jalles, Saint Sauveur, Saint Seurin de Cadourne, St. Helena, Soussans, LeTaillan Medoc Vertheuil.
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