Arguably one of the most famous french wine appellations, the Médoc is one of eight extending 50km north-west along the left bank of the Gironde from the city of Bordeaux to the estuary. The heavy and clay-rich soils are well-suited for the cultivation of the grapes, with the vineyards of the region stretching for areas of over 5,700 hectares.
The wines produced are simple, light but flavoursome wines that do not need long to age, and are affordable. With few exceptions there is only red wine produced, using a majority of Cabernet-Sauvignon and Merlot grapes, and a small amount produced with Cabernet Franc. (No white wine produced is classified as Médoc, however).