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Château Lamothe-Cissac Cru Bourgeois Haut-Médoc 2009

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For a long time, the Médoc, or the Middle Country, « Pagus Medulorum », was totally devoid of vines. Isolated and sandwiched between two water masses, the Médoc was relatively wild, open country inhabited by the Medulli, a native tribe with a Gallic lifestyle. In the early Gallo-Roman period, the Bituriges Vivisci arrived, Celts from the Bourges region. They founded Burdigala (Bordeaux) which s... Read more
For a long time, the Médoc, or the Middle Country, « Pagus Medulorum », was totally devoid of vines. Isolated and sandwiched between two water masses, the Médoc was relatively wild, open country inhabited by the Medulli, a native tribe with a Gallic lifestyle. In the early Gallo-Roman period, the Bituriges Vivisci arrived, Celts from the Bourges region. They founded Burdigala (Bordeaux) which subsequently became the capital of Aquitaine Gaul. Before the Middle Ages, it cannot really be said that there was any vine-growing in the Médoc. In Roman times, the few plots of vines were concentrated around Bordeaux, and the Médoc was known above all for its forests, its marshy meadows and fields of rye. The inhabitants indulged in hunting, fishing and drinking large quantities of barley beer. In the early Middle Ages, religious communities and feudal lords created the first wine organisations. The leading orders started planting vines around the priories (Macau, Cantenac, Vertheuil, the Abbaye de l’Isle) and manor houses (Castelnau, Lesparre, Latour and Blanquefort). These modest micro-vineyards produced new wines called « Clarets » that were much appreciated by the English. Despite these few vineyards scattered throughout the Médoc, the main vine growing activity was centred in and limited to the southern Médoc, mainly in marshy soils but also in gravel. Read less


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