The largest of the communal appellations in The Médoc, Margaux is also the only one to boast 1855 classified estates at all rankings from first to fifth. Generalisations abound with regards style and regional typicity in Bordeaux, but there is certainly some truth to these stereotypes. Margaux is often touted as the most feminine, aromatic and perfumed of the top appellations on the Left Bank. There is certainly truth in this statement and the wines can be extremely seductive, thrilling and subtle. In a word, think ‘finesse.’
Being such a large appellation also means that there is more variation in both style and quality. This is also down in part to the varied soils and geology of this area. Of the six different gravel soils that are found throughout the Médoc, only Margaux possesses the full gamut. There is slightly less Cabernet Sauvignon planted here than in neighbouring appellations yet it still accounts for 53% of the plantings.