The Haut-Médoc appellation starts in the south, encompassing the cru classés of Cantemerle and La Lagune, and travels north to beyond Saint-Estèphe, so as in Saint-Emilion the styles are very varied. Cabernet Sauvignon still dominates, though Merlot is increasing and Cabernet Franc in places being phased out in favour of the more robust Petit Verdot. It is probably the most reliable appellation in Bordeaux in the sense that the soils are favourable, yet the wines still have to try their best to gain attention against their classed growth neighbours. 2009 was a boon to the Haut-Médoc: it allowed the châteaux to express themselves well and for the better ones, very well indeed. Steven Spurrier


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