The Médoc, Bordeaux, located in the southwestern part of France, is arguably the world's most famous wine region. The area encompasses the Left Bank of the Gironde estuary that covers the northern section of the land along the Médoc peninsula.
The soils which are found in the area consist of Garonne gravel, Pyrenees gravel and clayey limestone. Heavy clay-rich soils are also found sporadically around the peninsula. The grapes grown in the region are mainly Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, with some Petit Verdot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Carménère.
The Médoc appellations include: Médoc AOC, Haut-Médoc AOC, Saint-Estèphe AOC, Pauillac AOC, Saint-Julien AOC, Listrac-Médoc AOC, Moulis-en-Médoc AOC and Margaux AOC. Some of the first growth chateau's which reside in the Medoc include Chateau Margaux, Chateau Lafite-Rothschild, Chateau Latour and Chateau Mouton Rothschild.
Below are some photos taken from a recent visit which captures all the appellations mentioned above as well as Bordeaux City.
Chateau Margaux (pictured below) is arguably the world's most famous wine producer, and was one of four wines to achieve first growth status in the Bordeaux Classification of 1855. The estate is located in Margaux on the left bank of the Garonne estuary in the Médoc region. The estate has a second tier wine named Pavillon Rouge du Château Margaux, as well as a white wine named Pavillon Blanc du Château Margaux.
Chateau Lynch-Bages (cellar below) is a producer in the Pauillac appellation of the Médoc. The original wine produced was classified as one of eighteen Fifth Growths in the Bordeaux Classification of 1855. Château Lynch-Bages is known for its intense red wine, which spends approximately 15 months in French oak barrels before bottling. The Chateau now produces a second label of Lynch-Bages, called, Echo de Lynch-Bages and a third wine called Pauillac de Lynch-Bages.
Below are some tasting notes taken during the trip.
Chateau du Tertre Margaux 2005
This solid Bordeaux wine is made from a blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot and 11% Petit Verdot, the wine reached 13% alcohol and was aged in 45% new French oak for 16 months. Ruby in color, the nose opens with tobacco, licorice, flowers and cherry. The palate is soft and easy going with elegant notes of blackberry, vanilla, black olive and pepper.
Chateau du Tertre’s vineyard is planted on one large single block, with 52 hectares under vine. It is one of the largest single blocks in Margaux as well as in all of the Medoc, Bordeaux. The vineyard is also the same size today as it was at the time of the 1855 Classification.
Chateau Lynch Bages Pauillac
Château Lynch-Bages is located in the Pauillac appellation of Bordeaux, France. The Château was classified as one of eighteen Cinquièmes Crus (Fifth Growths) in the Bordeaux Wine Official Classification of 1855. The chateau is known for its red wine, of which approximately 25,000 cases are made in an average year. The malolactic fermentation takes place mainly in large stainless steel tanks, and the wine then spends about 15 months in oak barrels (of which some 50-60% are new) before bottling.
The wine is a deep purple-red, with good depth of blackcurrant Cabernet fruit on the palate, good length, nicely ripe tannins and good balance. Quite a meaty wine, lots of extraction of floral, plum and pepper. Very rich and voluptuous.
Les Hauts du Tertre Margaux 2003
This wine displays lovely forest floor, pepper, earth, cassis, truffle and tobacco notes that lead to a palate that is tannic and firm, the wine ends with crisp, cassis and cranberry flavours. A well-balanced wine which might soften over time.
As mentioned above, Chateau du Tertre’s vineyard is planted on one large single block, with 52 hectares under vine. It is one of the largest single blocks in Margaux as well as in all of the Medoc, Bordeaux. The vineyard is also the same size today as it was at the time of the 1855 Classification.
Chateau Liounier Listrac 2011 Bordeaux
Chateau Liouner is a Cru Bourgeois located in Listrac-Medoc and belongs to the Bosq family. This wine showed a lot of promise even from a tough vintage. A bit green but with time, more black fruit, pepper, black olive and vanilla will evolve.
Chateau Liounier Listrac 2011 Bordeaux
Chateau Liouner is a Cru Bourgeois located in Listrac-Medoc and belongs to the Bosq family. This wine showed some good fruit concentration on the palate with notes of classic blackberry, pepper, dried herbs and chocolate. The nose was quite unique with notes of cinnamon, damp earth, truffle, plum and black cherry.