Bordeaux Red: Margaux

Margaux is considered one of the jewels of Bordeaux, being the first of the cru classé villages you reach as you drive north from the city into the Haut-Médoc. During the Gallo-Roman period, vines began to appear in Margaux around the same time as they did in the areas surrounding the city of Bordeaux. Despite mentions of Margaux in texts in the early eighteenth century, it was not until the end of that century that the vineyard owners became conscious of the value of their terroirs. It was Château Margaux that really put the appellation on the map. In the middle of the eighteenth century, it was the proprietor of the château, Monsieur de Fumel, the military governor of Bordeaux, who planted it with fine, carefully selected vines that quickly made the estate’s name. It is hard to believe, but the appellation was not officially recognized and defined until almost a century after the 1855 classification. The vineyards are on a vast plateau about 2 miles long and a little more than a mile wide surrounded by gravel crests. The gravel soil is interspersed with pebbles and covers limestone and clayey-marl layers and is considered to be one of the best gravel areas of the Haut-Médoc. The plateau is protected both by the gravel crests and the forests to the west, impeding the harsh weather off the Atlantic. The excellent drainage both due to the type of soil and the slight inclines allows an opportunity for the vines to go deep to find the water it needs during the growing season. The appellation allows only red wine and encompasses five communes: Margaux, Cantenac, Soussans, Arsac, and Labarde.

The vineyard, about 23 acres in size, with sand, gravel, and larger stones for soil, is planted to 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc/Petit Verdot. After hand harvesting, the grapes are sorted and de-stalked before traditional fermentation in stainless thermo-regulated tanks. After malolactic fermentation, the wine spends 18 months in oak barrels, one-third of which are new.

  • Chateau Mongravey

    Were it not for the massive character of the cuvée tradition Château Mongravey, these wines would be considered a typical silky Margaux. The owner has now gone through the barrels and selected what he considered the best of them to create a small amount of reserve wine which he calls his Cuvée Prestige. Even more fruit and structure than the standard Château Mongravey, this wine will age even more. Despite its robust body, the good news is that it becomes silkier with age. A beautiful, deep ruby-violet color, it has a structured nose of dark red fruits, pain grillé, vanilla and oak. On the palate, the wine is full, almost round with smoothness behind its strong structure, leading to a long, firm finish that still shows some fruit. This is an elegant wine that will keep for 15-20 years.

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