MÉDOC AOC is a red wine appellation comprising the entire Médoc on the left bank of the Bordeaux region. It covers 52 communes but in practice those 29 communes on the higher, more gravelly, better-drained southern part closest to Bordeaux which also qualify for the Haut-Médoc AOC use this latter denomination instead (these 29 are marked with an asterisk in the list below).

COMMUNES (52) | Arcins. / Arsac. / Avensan. / Bégadan. / Blaignan. / Blanquefort.* / Cantenac.* / Castelnau-de-Médoc.* / Cissac-Médoc.* / Civrac-en-Médoc. / Couquèques. / Cussac-Fort-Médoc.* / Gaillan-en-Médoc. / Grayan-et-l’Hôpital. / Jau-Dignac-et-Loirac. / Labarde.* / Lamarque.* / Le-Verdon-sur-Mer. / Lesparre-Médoc. / Listrac-Médoc.* / Ludon-Médoc.* / Macau.* / Margaux.* / Moulis-en-Médoc.* / Naujac-sur-Mer. / Ordonnac. / Parempuyre.* / Pauillac.* / Le Pian-Médoc.* / Prignac-en-Médoc. / Queyrac. / Saint-Aubin-de-Médoc.* / Saint-Christoly-de-Médoc. / Saint-Estèphe.* / Saint-Germain-d’Esteuil. / Saint-Julien-Beychevelle.* / Saint-Laurent-Médoc.* / Saint-Médard-en-Jalles.* / Saint-Sauveur.* / Saint-Seurin-de-Cadourne.* / Saint-Vivien-de-Médoc. / Saint-Yzans-de-Médoc. / Sainte-Hélène.* / Salaunes. / Soulac-sur-Mer. / Soussans.* / Le Taillan-Médoc.* / Talais. / Valeyrac. / Vendays-Montalivet. / Vensac. / Vertheuil.* /

WINE STYLE | A well grown, well made Médoc has low-key alcohol, edgy but not aggressive tannins, a certain fluidity, and lean but not meagre Cabernet-dominated Bordeaux flavours rounded out by fleshy Merlot. Oz Clarke describes Médoc AOC as an ‘earthy but juicy’ red.

MÉDOC WINERIES

CERTIFIED BIODYNAMIC 

CERTIFIED ORGANIC, BIODYNAMIC PRACTICES 

CERTIFIED ORGANIC 

NO CERTIFICATION | Chateau la Douce

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Oz Clarke 2015, Oz Clarke Wine A-Z (Pavilion, 2015), p168.