The term Médoc is used to refer to the entire region of the left bank which stretches up from the city of Bordeaux to the Pointe de Grave at the tip of the peninsular, where the world’s oldest lighthouse, the Phare de Cordouan, dating back to the 16th century, stands guard to the entry to the Gironde estuary.
In wine terms, the appellation Médoc refers to the northern most vineyards of the peninsula that starts just above St. Estèphe and reaches up to Bégadan in the north, covering 16 communes in total. In the past, this area was called the Bas Médoc but the rather derogative name did not do justice to the quality of the estates found here, some of which rival those of the Haut-Médoc including Chateau Potensac and Chateau La Tour de By.
The Médoc appellation covers 5700 hectares, which represents just over one third of the total Médoc vineyards. The soils are clay and gravel and the grapes are, as for the rest of the Médoc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with small amounts of Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Carmenère. As in the rest of the Médoc, almost exclusively red wine is produced (the rare bottles of white wine have to be labeled with the simple “Bordeaux” appellation.) The wines have a rich, full-bodied character but are wines that can be enjoyed relatively young when their fruit flavours predominate.
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- MédocCru Bourgeois 0.375l Red€6.00 €4.96An attractive Cru Bourgeois made in the north of the Médoc by the talented grandsons of Marc Pages. Bright dark violet colour, fresh, sweet and fruity on the nose with good blackcurrant flavour, firmly structured palate and a fresh, lively finish. Great value.
- 2013 Château ClauzetSaint-Estèphe0.375l Red€9.24 €7.64Bright garnet colour, expressive nose with notes of wild berries, spice and minerality. A nice structure with present yet supple tannins and a lovely fresh finish.
- MédocCru Bourgeois 0.75l RedPrimeur€9.30 €7.69Much appreciated for its freshness and precision this year, this well-known, good value Bordeaux has a dark ruby red colour, an inviting nose of berried fruit with a touch of oak and mint and a round, juicy taste. The tannins are firm but round and there is lingering acidity and a lively finish to this attractive wine.
- 2013 Château PotensacMédocCru Bourgeois 0.375l Red€10.35 €8.55This wine, typically very dense and structured, is different in 2013 : supple, full-bodied and perfumed with notes of cherry and prune fruit. Very pretty and aromatically expressive.
- 2016 Château ClauzetSaint-Estèphe0.375l Red€10.36 €8.56A fabulous success for this very consistent cru bourgeois owned by Belgian, Baron Velge who has lavished such care and attention on this estate. Everything that I look for in a wine of this class – fresh fruity flavours in the nose and palate, sweet red fruit ripeness, soft but present tannins, good use of oak, a juicy, fresh and long finish. This deserves a place in everyone’s cellar for medium term drinking.
- MédocCru Bourgeois 0.75l Red€10.95 €9.05An attractive Cru Bourgeois made in the north of the Médoc by the talented grandsons of Marc Pages. Bright dark violet colour, fresh, sweet and fruity on the nose with good blackcurrant flavour, firmly structured palate and a fresh, lively finish. Great value.
- MédocCru Bourgeois 0.75l Red€11.10 €9.17We love this classic, aromatic Médoc made by our young friends, Frédéric Le Clerc and Benjamin Richer de Forges, close to the mouth of the Gironde estuary in Bégadan. Produced from a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and 50% Merlot, this wine has a deep ruby colour, good soft fruity flavours with notes of spice and ripe plums. On the palate the wine is silky and attractive with spicy, liquorice and mineral flavours. An excellent match for grilled meats and barbecues.
- MédocCru Bourgeois 0.75l Red€12.20 €10.08We are big fans of this Médoc which is classic in style and very aromatic. It is made in Bégadan, close to the Gironde estuary, by our young friends Frédéric Le Clerc and Benjamin Richer de Forges. A blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 50% Merlot, it has a deep ruby colour, a beautiful aromatic complexity of dark cherries, plums and a mineral nose. On the palate this is a soft, pretty inviting wine with a spicy, quite tannic finish. The wine is ready for drinking now and over the next five years and goes well with roasted meats and barbecues.
- Saint-Julien0.375l Red€13.10 €10.83Probably the best loved second wine in Bordeaux, this vintage suits Les Fiefs and brings out the juicy, Cabernet fruit of this successful St. Julian estate. Medium rich, bright, crimson colour, soft and grapey on the attack, with good spice and flavours of black cherries, blackberry and tobacco. There is nice weight on the palate and good, round tannins.