Appellation 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 area of the controlled appellation of origin Medoc is located in the Gironde department, left bank of the Gironde estuary and north of Bordeaux. This part of the Medoc peninsula stretches for about 80 kilometers from north to south, just over ten kilometers from east to west.
Soils of the Medoc region are divided between layers of clay and sandy gravel carried by the Garonne and Dordogne rivers.
The vineyards produce approximately 290,000 hectoliters of red wine and producing among some of the most structured wines in the Gironde.
Wines are complex, round and offer great intense colour and primarily structured from the Cabernet Sauvignon grape variety. Other varieties often used are merlot, cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. wines have excellent ageing ability.
To meet with regulations, the vines have a minimum planting density of 5,000 vines per hectare.
Wines are also the subject of ageing until at least 31 May of the year following the year of harvest.
The grape harvest, wine making and development along with ageing of the wines are guaranteed in the following territory in the department of Gironde:
Arcins, Arsac, Avensan, Begadan, Blaignan, Blanquefort, Cantenac, Castelnau de Medoc, Cissac Medoc, Civrac en Medoc, Couqueques, CussacFort Médoc, Gaillan en Médoc, Grayan et l'Hôpital, Jau Dignac et Loirac, Labarde, Lamarque, Lesparre Medoc, Listrac Medoc, Ludon Medoc, Macau, Margaux, Moulis en Medoc, Naujac-Surmer, Ordonnac, Parempuyre, Pauillac, Le Pian Medoc Prignac en Medoc, Queyrac, Saint Aubin de Medoc, Saint Christoly Medoc, Saint Estephe, Saint Germain d'Esteuil, Saint Julien Beychevelle, Saint Laurent Medoc, Saint-Medarde en Jalles, Saint Sauveur, Saint Seurin de Cadourne, Saint Vivien de Medoc, Saint Yzans de Medoc, Saint Helena, Salaunes, Soulac sur Mer, Soussans, LeTaillan Medoc Talais, Valeyrac, Vendays Montalivet Vensac, Le Verdon sur Mer and Vertheuil.
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