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Moulis-en-Médoc is located in France
Coordinates: 45°03′37″N 0°46′09″W / 45.0603°N 0.7692°W / 45.0603; -0.7692Coordinates: 45°03′37″N 0°46′09″W / 45.0603°N 0.7692°W / 45.0603; -0.7692
Country France
Region Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Department Gironde
Arrondissement Lesparre-Médoc
Canton Le Sud-Médoc
Intercommunality Médulienne
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Christian Lagarde
Area1 20.56 km2 (7.94 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 1,714
 • Density 83/km2 (220/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 33297 /33480
Elevation 6–42 m (20–138 ft)
(avg. 21 m or 69 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Moulis-en-Médoc is a commune in the Gironde department in Nouvelle-Aquitaine in southwestern France.


The village is situated in the Médoc on a hill, overhanging the Tiquetorte stream, which flows into the Gironde estuary.

Districts: Le Bourg, Bouqueyran, Grand-Poujeaux...


In ancient times, vineyards were cultivated in Moulis as three Gallo-Roman establishments have already been discovered. It is this era that the famous grape variety biturica dates from, an ancestor of the cabernet variety. The term "biture" meaning "booze-up", relating to "ivresse" or "intoxication" comes from this variety of grape.

During the Middle Ages, the Médoc was the granary of Bordeaux. This is demonstrated by the presence of numerous mills to grind the grain. It is from the term "Moulin" that Moulis takes its name: "Moulinis." The existing vines belonged to some feudal proprietors and a religious community of which the Roman Church controlled.

In the 14th and 15th centuries in Haut Médoc, the vine was planted inside rather than at the edge of the estuary to avoid detrimental effects caused by humidity from the river and fog, which can decay and decimate the vineyards.

The vineyards developed quickly in the 18th century. The quality of the land was not left unaffected by merchants from Bordeaux, who had made their fortune in the business of islands, and invested in Moulis.

The French Revolution did not help the vineyard, but it picked itself back up again quickly to reach its peak at the end of the 19th century with an area of 1,500 hectares, before being decimated by the Phylloxera aphid.


Historical population of Moulis-en-Médoc
Year 1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2008
Population 911 972 1016 1208 1326 1366 1714


List of Mayors
Year of Election End Period Name
March 2001 2008 Georges Bayonnette
Earlier data are not known


Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1962 911 —    
1968 972 +6.7%
1975 1,016 +4.5%
1982 1,208 +18.9%
1990 1,326 +9.8%
1999 1,366 +3.0%
2008 1,714 +25.5%


Moulis-en-Médoc is a commune in the wine-producing area of Médoc. The commune produces wine with a great reputation which benefits from the appellation of Moulis, one of the six communal appellations of the Haut-Médoc vineyards. While not forgetting the classification in 1855 - the best properties of the appellation - such as Château Chasse-Spleen, the Château Poujeaux, the Château Brillette, the Châteaux Antonix, the Château of Dutruch Grand Poujeaux, the Granins Grand Poujeaux Château, the Maucaillou Château, the Biston Brillette Château or even the Moulin à Vent Château, have all made a name amongst the biggest wines of Médoc, notably thanks to the classification of the Crus Bourgeois.


  • One of the most interesting monuments is the Church of Saint-Saturnin. It stands on an early Christian site and is a beautiful example of Romanesque art. This church was named for the first time in 1268 in Recognitiones feodorum in Aquitania, a set of administrative texts for the Duke of Aquitaine, then the King of England..
    It is dedicated to the Saint Saturnin, the first bishop of Toulouse, who died a martyr around the year 250
  • Archaeological excavations have found sarcophagi dating from the early Christian ages, which are evidence of early Christian settlements in the South West of France.
  • The Maucaillou Château is home to a museum of wine and vineyard art and artefacts.

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