Haut-Medoc Wine Region Guide

Haut-Medoc's Finest: Where Bordeaux's Excellence Meets Affordability


Last updated: June 10, 2024


Consumers often ask if Bordeaux can produce thrilling wines at non-oligarch prices. The answer is a resounding yes; with a decade of mostly superb vintages under its belt, middle-range Bordeaux is a good hunting ground for exceptional quality at a fair price. You just have to know where to look.

Enter the Haut-Medoc. This Left Bank appellation is responsible for many of Bordeaux’s best-value red wines – typically Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot blends with a dash of Cabernet Franc and/or Petit Verdot thrown in. There are Classified Growths, Cru Bourgeois, and humble ‘everyday’ chateaux in the Haut-Medoc.

However, remarkably, few estates are making bad or rustic wine today. Moreover, a quintet of ripe vintages – 2015, 16, 18, 19, and 20 – produced supple and seductive wines that there’s a choice to cellar or imbibe. Our advice is to drink – the 2015 and 2016s are opening up and drinking beautifully in 2024.


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