The Haut-Médoc stretches from the city of Bordeaux to the Atlantic Oceanin the southern half of the Médoc Peninsula. The Haut-Medoc is home to the famous Bordeaux appellations of Saint-Éstephe, Pauillac, Saint-Julien, Listrac, Moulis, and Margaux. The late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon grape variety dominates plantings with Merlot thriving further inland where the soil turns to deep deposits of clay. Cabernet Sauvignon is blended with Merlot, sometimes with the addition of Petit Verdot, and to a lesser extent, Malbec. Haut-Médoc wines are generous yet lively with complex aromas of red and black berries, as well as liquorice, and sometimes, menthol and spice. Aged in oak barrels, they develop wonderful woody, roasted aromas, along with prune, cedar and truffle.