Château Margaux

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22 February 2024  |  Wines / Vineyard

Château Margaux: A wine gem in the heart of Bordeaux

At the heart of the prestigious Bordeaux wine appellations, Château Margaux stands as a symbol of oenological excellence and French elegance. Nestled in the commune of Margaux, this emblematic estate embodies the very essence of the Bordeaux terroir, where history, tradition and know-how combine to offer exceptional wines.

Château Margaux: A historical heritage

The history of Château Margaux dates back several centuries, testifying to the region's long wine-growing tradition. Its origins date back to the 12th century, when the estate was a simple medieval fortress. It was in the 17th century, under the leadership of the Lestonnac family, that the castle took on its majestic appearance, marking the beginning of an era of fame for its wines.

Natural conditions

Among the factors that constitute the terroir of grands crus are: natural conditions, soil and climate. It is the climate that allows the cultivation of vines. It is he who, in certain cases, allows the grapes to acquire harmonious maturity. These privileged sites, where maturation is necessarily slow and random, the soil takes on such importance that very fine variations, even between two neighboring plots, result in large differences in the quality and typicality of the wines.

The art of viticulture

Throughout the ages, Château Margaux has built a reputation for excellence thanks to its unwavering commitment to quality and authenticity. The vineyard extends over nearly 262 hectares, where the noble Bordeaux grape varieties reign: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Each plot is pampered, each grape is picked by hand with the greatest care, respecting ancestral traditions.

The Production of Grands Crus

Château Margaux produces some of the greatest classified growths of Bordeaux, including the famous Château Margaux Grand Vin. Crafted with care and passion, this exceptional wine embodies the very essence of the terroir, with its subtle aromas, elegant structure and unrivaled length in the mouth. Each vintage is a work of art, a unique expression of the climate, the soil and the talent of the men and women who work in the cellars.

Working the vines in 9 steps

1) Size: Size is the success of the size that determines the quality of production and the longevity of the plots.

2) Plantation: Great wines are produced by vines aged at least twenty years. Replacing the feet one by one as they disappear.

3) Plowing: Working the soil.

4) Protection of vines: Protection against frost or parasites.

5) Yields: practice thinning, which consists of removing, before the start of their maturation, a certain number of bunches per plant.

6) Trellising: Its aim is first of all to allow free movement between the rows, on foot or by tractor, and above all to encourage the exposure of the bunches to the sun, so necessary for their optimal maturation.

7) Maturity: To obtain a great wine, the grapes must reach a perfect state of maturity.

8) Manure: Provide the vines with the nutrients they need, and which would increase their quality.

9) Harvest: After a year of work, the maturation of the grapes ends and that is when the grapes are harvested.

Château Margaux, through its history and its commitment to excellence, remains an essential pillar of Bordeaux viticulture. A symbol of refinement and authenticity, it continues to amaze the most demanding palates, elegantly asserting its place among the greatest wines in the world.

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