France: Bordeaux

Southern Médoc

Margaux, Listrac and Moulis
By Jane Anson

This Guide was last updated on 20 March 2010
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Main grape varieties


Cabernet Sauvignon
The most important grape for the wines of Médoc. It can be difficult to ripen on cooler, damper soils and thrives on well-drained warm gravel soils here.

Produces supple wines that develop earlier and complements Cabernet Sauvignon in the red wine blends.

Cabernet Franc
Often called Bouchet it is a lighter and less intense version of Cabernet Sauvignon and gives the wines finesse.

Petit Verdot
Has a particularly useful role in blending here, though the proportion in the blend rarely exceeds 7%.

Occasionally used as a blending ingredient.


Sauvignon Blanc
Dominant grape for the best dry white wines in the Médoc, often used as a single varietal.

When blended with Sauvignon Blanc, adds richness, structure and aging potential to dry whites.

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