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Chateau Desmirail

Chateau Desmirail Margaux Third Growth, Bordeaux wine producer profile, with wine tasting notes, wine ratings, a history of the property, information on wine making and terroir, along with wine tasting reviews. If you want to read about other important, Bordeaux Chateaux: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles

Chateau Desmirail is not well known today. In fact, it’s one of the more obscure, 1855 classified growths in the entire Medoc. But it was not always that way. In the 17th century, the wines of Chateau Dauzac were quite popular. This Margaux estate was officially founded in 1661 by Jean Desmirail, who obtained the Bordeaux wine property like many people did in that day, as a dowry through marriage to one of the daughters from the Rauzan family.

Jean Desmirail renamed the chateau, taking his own name and using it for the moniker. At the time, Chateau Desmirail was still a part of the massive array of Rauzan owned Bordeaux wine properties. These were owned by Pierre de Mesures de Rauzan. Skipping ahead to the next century, when it became time to organize the 1855 Classification, the massive Rauzan estate was broken into three completely unique Bordeaux wine chateaux.

The new properties were Chateau Rauzan Segla, Chateau Rauzan Gassies and Chateau Desmirail. And don’t forget Chateau Marquis de Terme was also a part of the Rauzan Segla estate as well!

At one point in time, Chateau Desmirail was owned by the Zuger family, that own Chateau Malescot Saint Exupery. The Zuger family purchased the chateau, while the vines and brand name were sold to the pwners of Chateau Palmer. In fact, in 1963, Chatea Palmer declassified their entire harvest and placed the entire crop into Chateau Desmirail, which explains why no bottles of 1963 Palmer exist. Today, Chateau Desmirail is owned and managed by the well-known Lurton family, who own a myriad of other Bordeaux properties in almost every Bordeaux appellation.

The 30 hectare, Left Bank Bordeaux vineyard of Chateau Desmirail is planted to 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot. This represents an increase in Cabernet Sauvignon vines. On average, the vines are 20 years of age. The vineyard is planted to a vine density of 6,666 vines per hectare. The terroir consists of deep gravel, sand and clay soils.

To produce the wine of Chateau Desmirail, fermentation takes place in a combination of large wood tanks and stainless steel vats in one of three different vat rooms. Unique to Chateau Desmirail, these three vat rooms are designed to recall various time periods in the history of Chateau Desmirail. Malolactic fermentation takes place in vat. The wine of Chateau Desmirail is aged in 40% new, French oak barrels for between 12 to 18 months. There is a second wine, which is sold under two different names. When sold in France, the second wine is sold as Chateau Fontarney, while export markets are offered the same wine under the name of Initial de Desmirail. The estate also owns vines in the Haut Medoc appellation which are used to produce Desmirail Haut-Medoc de Desmirail.

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Wine Tasting Notes

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  1. 2013 Château Desmirail

    1. Opening with light, bright strawberries, this wine has a fresh palate presence and a quick cherry finish. There is not much wine in this bottle. 82-84 Pts

      83 points - Tasted
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  2. 2011 Château Desmirail

    1. Dry, peppery red fruits and a tart red berry finish are found in this medium bodied wine.

      83 points - Tasted
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    2. Cedar wood, cassis, red plum and coffee, tannic, medium bodied and a gentle, bright, red berry finish. 87-88 Pts

      87 points - Tasted
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  3. 2009 Château Desmirail

    1. With an earthy, coffee, licorice, red and black fruit nose, this medium bodied wine, produced from a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot felt light on the palate. The wine ends with a bright, red and black plum finish.

      88 points - Tasted
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  4. 1928 Château Desmirail

    1. Bordering on dead, in the respirator, hanging on to its last few breaths of life, the bricky color and secondary notes were all about earth, tobacco and forest scents. There was little fruit to be found. On the other hand, at close to 85 years old, there is something to be said for that. We should all still be walking around.

      75 points - Tasted
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