Appellation Contrôlée (AC) Haut-Médoc wine is a classification of wine produced in the Haut-Médoc region of southwestern France, north of the city of Bordeaux. It is a regulated classification system that ensures that the wine meets specific standards and is made according to certain guidelines.
The AC Haut-Médoc classification only includes red wines, which are typically made from a blend of grape varieties, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. The grapes used in AC Haut-Médoc wines are grown in specific vineyard areas in the Haut-Médoc region, which are known for their unique soil and climatic conditions.
Once harvested, the grapes are carefully fermented and aged in oak barrels to enhance their flavor and texture. AC Haut-Médoc wines must also meet strict regulations regarding alcohol content, residual sugar and other factors to ensure consistency and quality across all producers.
The resulting AC Haut-Médoc wines are complex and full-bodied, with a rich and deep flavor profile often described as blackcurrant, leather and tobacco notes. They are known for their excellent structure and tannin backbone, which allow them to age gracefully for many years.