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Haut-Médoc

Despite its name, Haut-Médoc or “High” Médoc, the Haut Médoc is located south of the Médoc AOC area. It is further upriver and as a result is considered “higher” up. Unlike Médoc, which has a very distinct and separate vineyard area, its vineyards lie along the length of the Left Bank and slink around those of the Médoc crus, so one is able to find Châteaux with an Haut-Médoc designate outside of St. Estèphe, Pauillac, St. Julien and Margaux. Due to its extensive location, its soils and micro-climates are notably heterogenous; however, the vines are slightly less better placed than the crus and so will produce wines with less power, finesse and/or complexity. Nonetheless, there are a number of top quality properties as well as Crus Bourgeois, and many give excellent value. Some of its most known include Châteaux Cantemerle, La Lagune, Citran and Bernardotte (owned by Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande). ...
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