Margaux, the Grands Crus

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Château Margaux's Wines, Bordeaux.

The Margaux title was the first Bordeaux area cultivated for vineyards. There is an evidence that the Romans planted grapes in the area almost 2000 years ago. The famed Roman poet Ausonious poetically called the region Marojallia, is where the winery is known as Marojallia, found its name. Skipping ahead close to 1700 years, Margaux had already earned its well-deserved character for producing great wine. That reputation caused Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States to visit different castles in the region, including Chateau Margaux.

To know the great wines of Bordeaux – Try Margaux

Due to its massive size and diverse array of soils, these wines of Margaux are quite different. While not the most concentrated, powerful or tannic wines of Bordeaux, is the most stylish, sensuous, refined and perfumed brand. With scents of flowers, particularly violets and lavenders, the wines also offer when mature; the smells of truffle, cigar box, earth, cherry, plum and tobaccos. While the extents of concentration, ripeness and depth differs broadly, depending on the terroir and desire of the winemaker, the tannins can display unmatched levels of sophistication. However, don’t let that the softness fool you into thinking the wines do not age well. The best Margaux wines can generate gracefully for several decades.

With 1,355 hectares under vineyard, the title is just slightly smaller than St. Estephe, making it the second largest, major title in the Medoc. Today, close to 80 different castles maintain vineyards in the appellation. In total, close to 600,000 cases of wine are produced in the Margaux appellation each and every year.

Production of wine from sweet grapes

The main grapes planted in the Margaux region are Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. While some of Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec and even Carmenere are planted here as well, they are not the main stars of the show. Dry white wines of Bordeaux are also made by some Margaux chateau owners. The white wines are a blend of Sauvignon white and Semillon. The grapes are grown outside the Margaux appellation which means the wines are not allowed to be sold as it is from Margaux. The wines are sold as generic Bordeaux white wines.

To produce the red wine of Chateau Margaux vinification takes place in vats that are a combination wood and stainless steel. There is a total of 34 wood vats and 22 stainless steel vats. The vats range in size from as much as 180 hectoliter wood tanks down to 25 hectoliters. In the new vat rooms, which were completed in 2014, the estate added 35 more vats ranging in size from 5 to 15 hectoliters.

The new and small tanks will be used for in the production as well as for testing new ideas. The red wine of Margaux castle is aged in 100% new oak for 18-24 months, depending on the quality and aspect of the Bordeaux vintage.

A large percentage of the oak barrels used to age their wine are produced at Chateau Margaux. Castle of Margaux is one of the few Bordeaux estates with their own cooperage on the property. Chateau Margaux has been involved in producing sure that consumers purchase only, genuine bottles of Margaux since 1989. In that year, they began to laser carve their bottles. In 2011, they strengthened their anti-counterfeiting program with the addition of using the proof tag system.

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