The great Gironde Estuary divides southwest France?s famed Bordeaux wine region into the left and right banks. On the left bank, stretching from the Atlantic Ocean down to the city of Bordeaux lies the legendary vineyards of M?doc. Up until the 17th century this area primarily consisted of marshlands. However, at that time demand for French wine was increasing and potential was seen. This prompted a crew of Dutch engineers to drain the area, uncovering a mineral-rich gravelly soil that was ideal for viticulture. The wines of M?doc quickly rose to acclaim. In the Bordeaux Wine Classification of 1855, which divided the best crus into categories, the majority of the red wines that made the list were from M?doc. Today the region remains among the most revered in the world.
The vineyards, which comprise 50 acres, surround the 18th century ch?teau and farm buildings lying 89 feet above sea level. The soil consists of sand and gravel for the first three feet while the subsoil is composed of a deep layer of clay. This terroir combination is exceptionally conducive to promoting the development of high quality vines. The surface soil enables a slow growth process as a result of its poor mineral substances, whereas the subsoil provides water regularly. The trellised vines are 27 years of age and trained in the Double Guyot method. In accordance with the great growths of M?doc, Ch?teau du Raux is well situated near the Gironde Estuary which provides an oceanic climate that is both mild and humid.