The Médoc is situated north of the town of Bordeaux, on the left bank of the Gironde. Médoc is divided in two parts, the Haut-Médoc in the south, near the town, and the north part traditionally called Médoc. Though not an appellation, or a commune, it is a geographical region that encompasses Margaux, St Julien, Pauillac and St Estèphe, as well as vineyards scattered to the west of these appellations, and also those to the north, beyond the boundary of St Estèphe. Therefore, when talking of the wines of the Médoc, it usually refers to the region as a whole. However, the label Médoc means something quite different; when used as an appellation, it refers to a much smaller, well defined region of Bordeaux, north of St Estèphe. Wines from Médoc are red often mulberry-purple in colour, with aromas of blackcurrant, cedar and cigar box, with a dry, tannic finish when young, splendid when mature.