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The wine-growing area is part of the French region of Bordeaux; the name means "middle land". It lies northwest of the city of Bordeaux on the triangular peninsula between the Gironde estuary formed by the confluence of the Garonne and Dordogne rivers and the Atlantic Ocean. The strip, about 70 kilometres long and 5 to 12 kilometres wide, is dominated by vineyards and interrupted by pastures, scrubland and polders (floodplains). The area is divided into two regional appellations (Bas-Médoc and Haut-Médoc) and six communal appellations within Haut-Medoc, with around 16,000 hectares of vines. Médoc is probably the most famous appellation in the Bordelais and also one of the most important and best red wine regions in France and the world.

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