Appellation Contrôlée (AC) Médoc wine is a classification of red wine produced in the 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 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 Médoc wines are grown in specific vineyard areas in the 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 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 Médoc wines are known for their deep colour, full body and complex flavor profile. They are often described as having notes of blackcurrant, tobacco and leather, with a tannic structure that allows them to age well over time.