The Médoc

Known as the Left Bank, the Médoc focuses on structured Cabernet Sauvignon-based wines. The world's most iconic, age-worthy, and expensive wines are from here.


With the highest concentration of gravel of any place in Bordeaux, this area is perfect for Cabernet Sauvignon. Well drained soils, and the extra warmth the gravel gives, makes this the ideal place to ripen this variety.

You'll find structured wines here with flavors of cassis, mint, and tobacco, many of which need years, if not decades, in a cellar before enjoying.

Château Beaumont in Haut Médoc The path leading into the estate vineyard at Château Beaumont in Haut Médoc.

Margaux - Looking for elegance and perfumed Cabernet Sauvignon that evolves and improves over time? Look no further than Margaux. With more classed growths than any other AC, there's lots to discover.

Saint-Julien - The smallest, and often over-looked commune in the Médoc, St. Julien has the highest concentration of classed growths producing Cabernet Sauvignon-based wines with structured yet silky tannins and a mixture of power and elegance.

Pauillac - All about powerful, age-worthy Cabernet Sauvignon-based wines grown on gravel soils. With the greatest number of First Growths, it's a must know when learning about Bordeaux.

Saint-Estèphe - Robust, rustic, powerful. These are the cellar-worthy wines of the northern-most commune. If you have time to let these wines unwind in your cellar, you won't be disappointed.

Haut-Médoc - Often overlooked, Haut-Médoc has a range of red wine styles from age-worthy, Cabernet-dominant wines and easier drinking, ready to drink Merlot-based wines. Combines high quality and value.

Check out these other appellations within the Left Bank that can offer some great value! Merlot-dominant wines that don't need as much time in a cellar in order to be enjoyed.

Selected Left Bank - Médoc Wines

Château Laujac Château Laujac Bottle Preview
Château LaujacChâteau Laujac

Barton & Guestier - Château Magnol M de Magnol Bottle Preview
Barton & Guestier - Château MagnolM de Magnol

Château Loudenne LOUDENNE LE CHATEAU MEDOC Bottle Preview
Château LoudenneLOUDENNE LE CHATEAU MEDOC

Alliance des Récoltants Château Verdignan Bottle Preview
Alliance des RécoltantsChâteau Verdignan

Château Belle-Vue Le Renaissance Bottle Preview
Château Belle-VueLe Renaissance

Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande Pauillac Bottle Preview
Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de LalandeChâteau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande Pauillac

Vignobles de Larose L'inattendu Bottle Preview
Vignobles de LaroseL'inattendu