Château Margaux, a property that is the subject of several centuries of history. Rich of a heritage of values, emotions and fights, the Château Margaux is a work by...Read more
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Château Margaux, a property that is the subject of several centuries of history. Rich of a heritage of values, emotions and fights, the Château Margaux is a work by nature. The Château Margaux owes its renaissance to Pierre Lestonnac who restructured the property in 1572. At the very end of the 17th century, the Château occupies 265 hectares of land, a third of which is dedicated to the vine. At the beginning of the 18th century, it was Berlon, a man with a thirst for innovation and ambition, who placed the estate at the heart of modern winemaking. Berlon was the first to vinify red and white grapes separately. In spite of a strong upturn, the Château was sold at auction by the revolutionaries at the end of the century as a national asset. The owners of the Château owners will succeed one another and will leave their signature, until the fame becomes confirmed by the recognition of the Château Margaux as a " Premier Grand Cru Classé " in the official classification of 1855.
The last family to run the Château is that of André Mentzelopoulos who bought the property in 1977. Since the 1980s, his daughter Corinne has taken over the reins, joined by her daughter Alexandra in 2012 and her son Alexis in early 2020. Together, they perpetuate the property while respecting the values of their family and their predecessors. The development is remarkable. A third wine respecting biodynamic methods is marketed in 2013, but also the implementation of a system of authentication of the bottles.
Geographical location of the domain
Château Margaux belongs to the Left Bank of the Médoc, in the Bordeaux region. The property takes root in the east of Margaux. The vineyards are planted with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc, on soils composed mainly of gravel, clay and limestone. The white wines are made from the Sauvignon Blanc grape variety, and this has been the case since the 1978 vintage when some 11 hectares of vines were devoted to it. Thanks to its soil and climate, the berries reach a harmonious maturity giving complexity and finesse to the wines.
The wines of the domain
Four ranges are represented under the name of Château Margaux. Grand Vin, Pavillon Rouge, Pavillon Blanc and Margaux du Château Margaux, the latter being marketed since 2013. Grand Vin is the first wine, a true signature of the estate. The second wine is Pavillon Rouge, it is aged in oak barrels for 18 to 20 months, with an aging potential of more than 30 years! Pavillon Blanc is rooted in a very old parcel of the property with only a third of the harvest bottled. A very limited quantity, of which a large part is bottled in magnums in a search for optimal aging. The whites are aged in oak barrels for 6 to 8 months. This range is defined by its beautiful minerality and its remarkable finesse. The wines known as Margaux are the latest of the House. These wines are aged in barrels with the same care as the other wines. The maturation is more or less the same as for Pavillon Rouge. The wine is aged in oak barrels for 18 to 20 months. The reds of Château Margaux have the particularity to offer aromas of rose and violet, delivering in mouth notes of small black fruits. A strong concentration of tannins and freshness, with a good length.