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One of the six communes (along with Listrac-Médoc, Moulis, Pauillac, Saint-Estèphe and Saint-Julien) within the French Haut-Médoc area that are independent appellations and may bear the place name on the label. Margaux is the most famous and largest commune in the centre of the Médoc. The appellation also includes the four communes of Arsac, Cantenac, Labarde and Soussans. The vineyards cover around 1,300 hectares of vines. The soils consist of a shallow layer of coarse gravel over fine gravel subsoil mixed with limestone. The red wines produced there are among the best in Médoc. A great lover of the wines was the writer Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961). His eldest granddaughter was named Margaux Hemingway after this place and wine, although her name was Margot Louise

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