Château Margaux – Premier Grand Cru Classé*
Château Margaux is known for producing some of the silkiest, most aromatic wines in Bordeaux and it has been famous for doing so for centuries. The origins of the estate may be traced back to the 15th century when the Lestonnac family took over a grain growing property known as Lamothe (deriving from la motte – meaning a small rise in the land, or hill). The agricultural change from cereal crops to vines was led by Pierre de Lestonnac from 1572 to 1582. Further developments occurred when, over a century later, the estate manager, Monsieur Berlon, saw the benefits of vinifying red and white grapes separately. This change was what set Château Margaux firmly on the path to modern vinification practices and international renown.
This reputation spread over the next several hundred years. Sir Robert Walpole, the English Prime Minister in the early 18th Century, declared himself an avid supporter of the estate and was known to purchase four casks every three months! When the Marquis de la Colonilla purchased the estate in the early 19th century, the outstanding reputation of Margaux’s wines demanded an impressive chateau to match. Built in 1810 by Louis Combes, the current chateau is a unique example of the neo-classical style. With its structured façade, balanced by ionic columns, it exudes a refined elegance not dissimilar to that of the wines produced within. The chateau was officially recognised as an historic monument in 1946.
75 % Cabernet Sauvignon
5% Cabernet Franc
5% Petit Verdot
TOP VINTAGES PRODUCED:
1899, 1900, 1928, 1953, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1996, 2000, 2005, 2008, 2009
* Wine & vintages upon request