Half way between Margaux and Saint-Julien, Moulis en Médoc is the smallest appellation from the Medoc, covering 600 hectares of vineyards. The appellation is supposed to take its name from the wind mills – moulins – once still in activity. Its terroir, a mix of Garonne and Pyrenean gravels with clayey limestone, concentrates a beautiful diversity of blends between Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, but also the high quality and late ripening Petit Verdot. Planted mostly on the gavel soils, Petit Verdot produces wines which are rich, powerful, tannic, deeply coloured, ageworthy, spicy, with a good balance between alcohol and acidity.
Neighbouring appellation Listrac raises as the roof of the Medoc, with slopes reaching over 40 metres. Cool climate and well drained soils would complete this terroir made of limestone beneath several layers of gravel. The typicity of Listrac wines is a perfect blend between the flesh of the Merlot and the bones of the Cabernet Sauvignon.
There is no Grand Cru Classé Chateau neither Moulis, nor in Listrac, but some great Cru Bourgeois Chateaux. For sure, the quality of these wines has been constantly raised in estimation. Chateaux such as Chasse Spleen, Poujeaux, Clarke, Anthonic, Fonréaud, can undeniably compete with some of the 1855 Top Growths.
Here are some typical gastronomic specialities which can be easily paired with the local wines: Bordeaux entrecote beef grilles on vine shoots, pan fried foie gras, Pauillac lamb, duck breast, lamprey, pigeon.