Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Medoc Malbec 2010

The Medoc sub-region of Bordeaux is home to four of the most famous appellations in France: Saint-Estephe, Pauillac, Saint-Julien and Margaux. The Medoc runs along the western bank of the Gironde estuary, covering a 50-mile (80-km) strip from the city of Bordeaux to the Atlantic Ocean. Its larger, southern section is known as the Haut-Medoc, and it is here that more fine wine is produced per acre than almost anywhere else in the world. The northern section, once commonly referred to as Bas-Medoc, also produces quality wines, but to nothing like the same extent. Its wines are made under the generic Medoc appellation and are less ambitious and cellar-worthy. That said, significant changes have taken place over the last 25 years, including extensive replanting and the appropriation of winemaking techniques used by the more successful Haut-Medoc producers. This has resulted in some winemakers gaining a reputation for consistently high-quality red wines that are very attractively priced.

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