Margaux Bordeaux Wine Guide pages offers a history of the appellation, a look at the character and style of the best wines from the Margaux appellation, producer and chateaux listings with links to pages on every important property in the Margaux, Bordeaux wine region with wine tasting notes, histories of the properties, images, technical information, Bordeaux wine buying tips, ratings and reviews for all the top wines and chateau from the Margaux appellation.
In this Margaux Bordeaux wine guide, you’ll discover the best Bordeaux wines from Margaux that marry power with elegance and silky tannins and sensuous textures. Flavors of ripe dark berries, truffles, tobacco, cassis and violets are the signature of the wines from this region in the southern area of the Medoc.The best wines often have great purity of fruit with textures of silk and velvet. The Bordeaux wines of Margaux, just like those from every wine region come in a variety of shapes, sizes, styles and prices. Generally speaking, the wines of Margaux marry refinement with elegance and floral characteristics.
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- Bellevue de Tayac
- Boyd Cantenac
- Brane Cantenac
- Cantenac Brown
- Durfort Vivens
- Du Tertre
- L’Aura de Cambon
- Malescot St. Exupery
- Marquis d’Alesme
- Marquis de Terme
- Paveil de Luze
The links located to the left of the page lead to all the top Margaux wines and their producers. You can read wine tasting notes , detailed profiles and histories of the estates, details on the wines, wine making, soils and other important information, as well as view images of the following top Bordeaux value wine producers:
It could be argued that prior to 2000, Margaux was a region known as much for its great terroir, and reputation than it was for the number of chateaux that were under performing based on their potential. By 2009, that was no longer the case for the Margaux appellation. Improvements in the Left Bank vineyards and wine making techniques, coupled with the desire to produce the best wines possible from Margaux have sparked numerous chateaux to wake from their deep sleep. Consumers have not had so many high quality Margaux wines to chose from for more than 100 years! In fact, the wines of Margaux are so consistently good, I think the appellation has never made wines of this level of quality in the history of the appellation! Chateau Rauzan Segla, Chateau Malescot St. Exupery and Chateau Brane Cantenac are all producing the best wines in their history, as is Chateau d’Issan! While Chateau Palmer has not had a down period since the 1990′s, since 2000 and definitely following the 2004 vintage, they have been remarkably consistent and continue making some of the best wines in their, distinguished history as well! That being said, there are other Classified Growths in Margaux that would be demoted or declassified, should another classification take place. Interestingly, the Margaux appellation is probably home to the widest array of obscure, 1855 Classified Growths as well.
The Margaux appellation was the first Bordeaux area cultivated for vineyards. There is evidence that the Romans planted grapes in the area almost 2,000 years ago. The famed roman poet Ausonious poetically called the region Marojallia, which is where the winery known as Marojallia, found its name.
Margaux with 1,355 hectares under vine is just slightly smaller than St. Estephe, making it the second largest, major appellation in the Medoc. The Margaux appellation is famous for a multitude of reasons. Maybe it is has something to do with knowing a total of 21 chateaux were included in the original 1855 classification. That is more than any other Bordeaux appellation. While Chateau Margaux deservedly rules the appellation as it is a wine of true, First growth quality, the Margaux region is rich in 1855 Classified Growths. The commune features: 1 First Growth, 5 Second Growths, 10 Third Growths, 4 Fourth Growths, 2 Fifth Growths and an array of good quality, Cru Bourgeois chateaux. 20 Cru Bourgeois classified growths come from the Margaux appellation. There are a few of those estates that in any serious reclassification could be classed as a Fifth Growth today. Perhaps Chateau Labegorce is the leading estate in this category today.
Margaux is the largest appellation in Bordeaux. Being the most southern region, it is also the warmest area in the Medoc. The grapes are usually picked a little earlier in Margaux for that reason. The Left Bank appellation is the home to 5 unique areas; Margaux, Soussans, Arsac, Labarde and Cantenac.
The terroir of Margaux features soils with large deposits of gravel, limestone with pebbles, stones, rocks and only a minor amount of clay in the vineyards. Of course there are exceptions to every rule and some estates do have more clay content than others in the Margaux appellation. Those chateaux with heavier clay deposits plant more Merlot in their vineyards. Because the soils in the Margaux region are often thin and cannot easily hold water, the vines are forced to dig deep into the soil for nourishment. The comparative lack of depth in the terroir of Margaux allows the soils to heat up faster. In turn, this transfer of heat from the soils to the vines helps the grapes mature before the other Bordeaux appellations in the Left Bank. Those thin soils are also why most of the estates in Margaux do not do so well in the very dry, drought vintages. That is because the soils do not always retain as much water. The specific terroir is what gives Margaux wines their elegance and intense, beautiful, floral character, which is often compared to violets. To get an idea on how the soil and terroir of Margaux compares to the other important appellations in Bordeaux; The terroir and soil of Bordeaux
The main grapes planted in the Margaux region are Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. While some Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec are planted here as well, they are not the stars of the show. Dry white Bordeaux wines are also made by some Margaux chateau owners. The white wines are a blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semilion. The grapes are grown outside the Margaux appellation which means the wines are not allowed to be sold as from Margaux. The wines are sold as being from Bordeaux.