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Course: Bordeaux

Class 2: The Médoc


St.-Julien is located immediately south of Pauillac. It is the southernmost of the Haut-Médoc's three important communes that are clumped together like triplets, the other two being St.-Estèphe and Pauillac.

With about 2,300 acres under vine, St.-Julien is the smallest of the Haut-Médoc's top communes. But of the Haut-Médoc's top communes, St.-Julien has the largest proportion of its area under vine.

By the river, the soil is well-drained, pebbly gravel with clay and limestone. Farther inland, there's more sand and clay. That said, the soils are quite uniform--and uniformly good--which helps explain why the commune has so many classed growths.


Regional Character

Only red wines may use the St.-Julien appellation. White wines may use the Bordeaux appellation.

The reds are usually...

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