The plans for the recognition of a Médoc appellation for white wines are taking concrete shape. The administrative boards of the Médoc, Haut-Médoc and Listrac appellations have given their approval. The exact specifications should be available in the first half of 2023. The president of the producers' organisation, Claude Gaudin, emphasises that the idea is not new but a return to the past: "There was a time when large quantities of white wine, dry and even sweet, were produced in the Médoc. With the abolition of the white AOC Médoc, this was forgotten." Since then, wineries have only been allowed to use the AOC Bordeaux designation for white wines.
For Gaudin, this is "not just to produce another white wine from Bordeaux, but we want to stand out through the quality of our sites." This applies not only to the estates of the 1855 classification, but also to the Crus Bourgeois, which are increasingly focusing on the production of white wines.
According to the producers' organisation, around two million bottles of white wine were produced in the Médoc in the 1930s. Of the 169 hectares of white wine cultivation that exist today, 6,000 hectolitres, or 800,000 bottles, could be made.
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