Crus Bourgeois du Médoc Tasting

At a recent online event, I tasted through a flight of wines from the Medoc region of Bordeaux.  

Leading the panel, noted wine educator Wendy Narby guided seven panelists, Bordeaux’s best and brightest producers of the Crus Bourgeois du Médoc to taste through a flight while discussing winemaking philosophies, and showcasing how they are changing the face of Bordeaux as we know it. The panel included:

  • Magali Guyon – Chateau la Cardonne
  • Armelle Cruse – Chateau du Taillan
  • Nathalie Meyre – Chateau Cap Léon Veyrin
  • Adeline Whartmann – Chateau la Garricq
  • Mélanie Fabre – Chateau Bellevue de Tayac
  • Pascale Peyronie – Chateau Fonbadet
  • Violaine Labauge – Chateau la Haye

As the story goes, the Crus Bourgeois are part of Bordeaux’s wine heritage. Some of the properties were around long before the 1855 classification, and many are still here today, demonstrating the strength of the traditional “Cru Bourgeois” description.

The Crus Bourgeois embody a large community that bring together vineyards with widely differing profiles, and very different terroirs (eight AOCs to be exact: Médoc, Haut-Médoc, Listrac-Médoc, Moulis en Médoc, Margaux, Saint Julien, Pauillac and Saint Estèphe), to bring energy and new ideas to the region.  This is an innovative, quality-driven classification that are owned, run, and strongly influenced by women.

After tasting through seven Crus Bourgeois wines, I found diversity in the flight, yet a pleasing similarity that resonated across the lineup—fervor and warmth. At price points that hit the $16-40 mark, the quality-to-price ratio (QPR) was off the chart. Who says you can’t find a Bordeaux that won’t break the bank? Every wine represented the Modoc brilliantly, and at the right price. Below are my notes of the Crus Bourgeois du Médoc tasting. Now it’s time to find yourself a new favorite Bordeaux.

[box]2012 Château La Cardonne, Medoc ($41)[/box]

Complex, full-flavored and full-bodied beauty with blackberry notes; fruity and fleshy—finishes with an enticingly long, spicy finish.

2012 Chateau La Cardonne

[box]2012 Château Du Taillan Haut-Medoc ($25)[/box]

Medium-bodied with layers of licorice and red fruits; medium-bodied with nice acidity and tannins.

2012 Château Du Taillan Haut-Medoc

[box]2012 Château Cap Leon Veyrin Listrac-Medoc ($30)[/box]

This is a very tannic yet fruit driven red with great freshness and finesse; nice acidity and black fruit backbone. A wonderful wine for the price.

2012 Château Cap Leon Veyrin Listrac-Medoc

[box]2012 Château La Garricq Moulis ($22)[/box]

If you are introducing a white wine drinker to a red from Bordeaux, this is the one. It is full-bodied yet very approachable, soft and supple with good blackberry notes.

2012 Château La Garricq Moulis

[box]2013 Château Fonbadet Pauillac ($41)[/box]

Bright and light with a good dose of red fruits; medium-bodied with a dash of licorice. Food paring suggestion—truffles. Who could say no to that?

2013 Château Fonbadet Pauillac

[box]2012 Château La Haye Saint-Estephe ($13)[/box]

Wow, what a nose this Saint-Estephe beauty showcases! It bursts with layered red and black fruits. On the palette, it’s ripe, rich and tannic with a pleasant graininess across the tongue. Elegant.

Crus Bourgeois du Medoc

[box]2012 Château Bellevue de Tayac Margaux ($28)[/box]

Very captivating with orange and Brett taking center stage; smooth, mellow and tannic. A pretty, feminine style that won’t break the bank.


About the Author:

Editor and co-founder of, Pamela is a sommelier and former restaurant manager and wine buyer with Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET), Court of Master Sommeliers & Center for Wine Origins certification. She has contributed to or been quoted by various publications, including the Los Angeles Times, Sommelier Journal, Vegetarian Times, VIV Magazine, UC-Berkeley Astrobiology News, The Washington Post, the Associated Press, NPR and USA Today. True to her roots, she seeks varietal and appellation integrity and is always passionate about finding the next great bottle of wine.

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