Chateau Beaumont Haut Medoc (half-bottle) 1996
About the Region
A vineyard area covering about 22 square miles on the so-called Left Bank of the Gironde, an estuary formed by the confluence of the Dordogne and Garonne rivers. The gravel, clay, and limestone soils are hospitable to merlot and cabernet sauvignon, which together constitute at least half of the vineyard plantings — but the other permitted Bordeaux varieties, cabernet franc, petit verdot, malbec (here known as côt), and carménère, are cultivated as well. The great wine-growing communes of St.-Estèphe, Margaux, St. Julien, and Pauillac are located within the Médoc appellation, but their wines are bottled under their more prestigious commune names. Among the best-known properties labeled simply as Médoc are châteaux La Tour de By, Greysac, Loudonne, and Patache-d'Aux.