Medoc Vs. Saint-Emilion - Which Region to Choose for your Wine Tour?
Should I choose Medoc or Saint Emilion wine tour when in Bordeaux?
This is by far the most popular question from my Bordeaux wine tour clients. I would say, it goes half and half when deciding between these two most popular Bordeaux wine regions.
There isn’t a right or wrong choice, there are benefits to visiting the Medoc and Saint-Emilion.
It really depends on your personal taste and what you would like to see. Either way, you will not miss out on great Bordeaux wines.
To make your choice a bit easier, here is my advice:
Why the Medoc?
You will find a variety of wines in the Medoc. Margaux reds are some of the finest and well-known in the world for their intense aromatic profile and pure elegance. Pauillac wines are known for their structure and full body.
Cabernet Sauvignon can present from 40% to 90% in the blend. If you love your Cabs, Medoc is the place.
The Medoc has a long history of winemaking. The area received a lot of commercial attention in the 17th-18th century and attracted nobility and the rich. In the Medoc, you will see some impressive castles, the vineyards are generally larger than in Saint-Emilion.
Margaux is one of the closest wine-growing regions to the city of Bordeaux. If you are short on time, visiting 1 or 2 wineries in Margaux can make an excellent half-day tour from Bordeaux.
Here are some pictures of the Medoc from my wine tours.
Why Saint Emilion?
Saint-Emilion is a picturesque wine growing area with small hills and valleys. The best views of the Bordeaux wine country are in Saint-Emilion.
Being the oldest wine producing region, the region presents a lot of medieval history. The town of St. Emilion was founded in the 9th century and many of the building and churches date back to the 11th and the 12th century.
Saint-Emilion creates a more intimate feeling with many small family wineries and villages scattered through the area.
Saint-Emilion and the neighboring Pomerol are home to iconic wineries such as Petrus, Chateau Ausone, Chateau Cheval Blanc, Chateau Angelus, Chateau Pavie.