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 towns and villages


Margaux is the centre of the southern Médoc and provides the clearest example of the renaissance of the whole area. It’s a very attractive town, with limestone buildings lining the main road, cobbled pavements and flags bearing the name of its most famous vineyards wafting in the breeze. And even if you don’t get inside Château Margaux, it’s worth driving up, as the grounds are gorgeous.

Le Taillan-Médoc

A heavily built-up town, and ever-increasingly a northern suburb of the Bordeaux sprawl, this is worth mentioning only for being a good spot to buy provisions before heading up northwards.


Slightly off the D2, this is an attractive town with plenty of low stone houses and local butchers and patisseries. There’s also a 12th century clock tower, and a port that has some good restaurants.

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