The Haut-Médoc is a sub-appellation within the larger Médoc appellation on the left bank of Bordeaux. Situated between the Gironde estuary that runs down to the city of Bordeaux and the Atlantic coast, this is the home of some of Bordeaux’s famous chateaux. The six famous communes of the Médoc are contained within its boundaries: Margaux, Moulis, Listrac, St Julien, Pauillac and St Estèphe. The vineyard land that lies outside of these communes is classified as the Haut-Médoc; the result being that you can often find well-known Cru Bourgeois chateaux alongside the Cru Classé chateaux in the same appellation.
Rather confusingly, the Haut-Medoc is located in the south of the Médoc region and extends down to the city of Bordeaux; the southern most classified growths of the Haut-Médoc being Chateau La Lagune and Chateau Cantemerle. In the north of the Médoc peninsula, furthest away from Bordeaux, the vineyards are classified simply as Médoc.
Haut-Médoc wines offer reliability and consistency. Produced primarily from Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, small amounts of Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Merlot can also be found in the blend. The wines tend to be quite rich and structured with classic Bordeaux flavours of blackcurrant, cigar, oak and plums. Usually good to drink quite young, these wines can age well for about ten years. They work well when paired with grilled meats and stews.
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- 2010 Haut-MédocThienpont Selection Haut-Médoc0.75l Red€9.99 €8.26We tasted a lot samples before discovering this very pretty Haut-Médoc which we have included in our ‘sélection THIENPONT’, our list of favourite Bordeaux appellations. We are delighted by the price and quality of this estate, which is ideally situated between communes of Margaux and Moulis. Organically cultivated with a blend of 53% Merlot, 23% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Petit Verdot, 5% Cabernet Franc, the wine is matured in oak for 1 year. Attractive deep purple colour with hints of violet. The nose, at first restrained, develops with dark fruit and vanilla notes. The palate is supple with a powerful texture, lots of finesse and tightly-knit, fine-grained tannins. Notes of black fruits, imparted by Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot, are nicely balanced and suplemented by the plump roundness of Merlot.
- 2012 Château BernadotteHaut-MédocCru Bourgeois 0.75l Red€13.30 €10.992012 proved a challenging year for this well-situated Cru Bourgeois, which was bought by the chinese conglomerate, King Power Group. They have nevertheless managed to produce a delightful wine. It is a blend of 57% Merlot and 43% Cabernet Sauvignon and undergoes 14 months of barrel ageing. The nose is delicate with notes of cassis and cedar, the palate is fairly rich and complete with a lovely structure, the finish is smooth and fresh.
- 2011 Château BernadotteHaut-MédocCru Bourgeois 0.75l Red€17.40 €14.38Bright raspberry colour, black fruits and oriental spices on the nose, this is a concentrated wine with lovely texture. The start is round and spicy leading to a neatly structured, fruity palate with a touch of vanilla. A pretty finish.
- 2017 Château CantemerleHaut-Médoc5ième Grand Cru Classé 0.75l RedNew€28.70 €23.7220% of the vineyards were lost to frost this year. The blend is 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. Deep crimson colour and a pretty in the nose with fresh autumn berry fruit and a hint of oak; lush and silky on the palate with plums, tar, licorice and oak, quite classic but there is a nice vein of acidity and fruit. Nicely balanced and composed.
- 2018 Château CantemerleHaut-Médoc5ième Grand Cru Classé 0.75l RedPrimeur€28.80 €23.80Sadly, there is very little Cantemerle this year as the severe hail storm wiped out half of the crop. Bright, dark garnet colour; compact quite plummy nose; soft, nice freshness on the attack, classic Cabernet, minty, cassis flavours, silky structure, quite powerful tannins which are nice and ripe; elegant and silky in the finish. Delivery from winter 2020-2021
- 2016 Chateau CantemerleHaut-Médoc5ième Grand Cru Classé 0.75l Red€31.73 €26.22I have always loved the fruit and the structure of this wine and believe that it reflects great value so we were delighted to receive a new allocation of this wine this year. A Haut Médoc fifth growth situated just south of Giscours, this wine shows lots of sweet black fruit flavour underpinned by some notes of tobacco and spice. The structure is fine and precise and on the palate the wine opens up to reveal more fruit, toast and cedar. A super achievement.
- 2015 Chateau CantemerleHaut-Médoc5ième Grand Cru Classé 0.75l Red€32.69 €27.02A great success from a lovely estate at the beginning of the D2 “Route de Chateaux” in the Haut-Médoc just south of Margaux. This wine is gracious and fruity with lovely notes of woodsmoke, cassis and violet. There is good power and richness here and well-structured tannins with flavours of minerals, stone fruit and cedar. Made from a blend of 59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 6% Petit Verdot, this is a wine with lots of verve and character which will age well for the next ten years. Drink 2020-2030