CHARACTERISTICS OF THE ESTATE & THE CUVÉE
Estate: Château Margaux
Classification: 1er Grand Cru Classé
Owner: SCA of Château Margaux
Area: 78 ha
Production: 150,000 bottles
Grape varieties: 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot
ABOUT THE DOMAIN
Former property of the English monarch Edward III, then passed into the hands of the Albret line and the Montferrands, the estate kept its defensive character until the beginning of the 19th century. It was in 1802 that the Marquis of La Clonilla decided to destroy the old fortress to build the elegant mansion visible today. The architect Louis Combe is the creator of this remarkable residence which appears on the labels of the château’s wines. The estate’s vintages were of exceptional quality until the 1960s, the 1900 vintage being particularly legendary. Under the leadership of the Mentzelopoulos family from 1977 and with the expertise of Emile Peynaud, the wine regained its prestige as a Premier Grand Cru Classé. Since 1978, a series of exceptional vintages has been released. Paul Pontalier, who died in 2016, contributed to this wine epic. Philippe Bascaules takes up the torch with the same ambition. The Château Margaux vineyard, in one piece, extends mainly over a gravelly terroir, in places clayey, rich in limestone. Recent wines promise remarkable longevity. In addition to red wines, the estate offers a bright and rich white wine, Pavillon Blanc, and its second wine is named Pavillon Rouge.
ABOUT THE VINTAGE
The simple name of Château Margaux makes the hearts of connoisseurs beat faster. This wine is exceptionally precise. In great years, it combines the density of a Médoc with tannins of unequaled finesse, combining strength and softness. The scents are reminiscent of violet, blackberry and blackcurrant. On the palate, it is a voluptuous and refined delight. A nugget which reveals all its character after an aging period extending from 15 to 35 years.