Château Greysac

If you are looking for both quality and value, the vineyards of the Médoc and the Haut-Médoc are certainly worthy of exploration. These two appellations frequently have, I think, much more to offer than the more famous communes of the left bank such as Pauillac or St Julien. When small domaines come up for sale in these latter appellations, there is often a financial bunfight to snap them up, their wealthy neighbours eager to expand their own vineyards. As a consequence, over the years, as these little vineyards have been absorbed into more famous estates, the number of cru bourgeois domaines gradually shrinks, and the number of domaines offering affordable Bordeaux does the same.

Chateau Greysac

Thankfully, outside these more famous appellations, this practice is much less common. Domaines still change hands from time to time, but even when one wealthy buyer acquires several properties there is not usually the same merging and blending of vineyards and names.

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