Château Margaux

Thanks to genius and generations of passionate work, this wine has a unique quality. Ingenuity, elegance, complexity, density, intensity, length and freshness combine perfectly. Discover the history of this wonderful wine in the rest of this article.

The history of Château Margaux

Bordeaux’s famous Château Grand Cru has a fascinating history at the heart of the region’s vineyards. La Motte-de-Margaux is a 12th-century territory that takes its name from the very low altitude that dominates the Médoc plain. In 1572, the Lestnac family rebuilt the manor in its current form. By the end of the 17th century, it had grown to 265 hectares, as it is today. The disease devastated the Bordeaux vineyards at the end of the 19th century. But the 1893 harvest marked the Château’s revival with exceptional yields. However, in 1977, André Mentzelopoulos the Greek decided to buy the land. Under his leadership and that of his daughter Corinne, the excellence of the wine industry continues. Corinne Mentzelopoulos’ father renovated the château and invested heavily in modern winemaking techniques. On André’s death in 1980, his daughter took over the management of the château and vigorously pursued the development policy initiated by her father.

Château Margaux winemaking

The transition from grape to wine must respect the work of the grape. At harvest, the grapes are hand-picked with great care. Before the grapes are put into barrels, a selective sorting is carried out by hand. This sorting requires precision and rigor throughout the processing chain. The mutagenesis of the grapes takes place in concrete vats, whose thermal inertia enables a gentle, gradual rise in temperature to maximize the grapes’ natural aromas.

Each stage aims to express the elegance, delicacy and individuality of each vintage. Margaux red wines are fermented in oak barrels and aged in new oak for 18 to 24 months. White wines are fermented in oak barrels and aged for 6 to 8 months.

Best Margaux wines and vintages

The cellar has two second wines: Pavillon Rouge and Pavillon Blanc.

Pavillon rouge de Château Margaux: Pavillon Rouge is the estate’s second wine. It first appeared in the mid-19th century and has borne its name since 1908. Production ceased in the middle of the 20th century, but André Mentzelopoulos resumed production in 1977. A fruity wine with firm tannins. Château Margaux’s reputation for great wines continues to this day as one of the world’s finest.

Pavillon blanc de château Margaux: Before 1920, this wine was only sold as Sauvignon Blanc. Later, it was renamed Pavillon Blanc du Château Margaux. This carefully selected Pavillon Blanc is made up of only the best selected lots. It seduces with its elegance, delicacy and purity.

The question of the best vintage is often asked. In fact, the best years for the famous Bordeaux wine are: 1900, 1961, 1982, 1983, 1985, 1989, 1990, 1996, 2000, 2003, and 2005. Among this selection, Château Margaux 1961 was named best vintage of the 20th century.