Chateau Marojallia Margaux Bordeaux Wine Complete Guide

Marojallia Chateau Chateau Marojallia Margaux Bordeaux Wine Complete Guide

Learn everything about Marojallia, Margaux Bordeaux wine producer with wine tasting notes with wine and food pairing tips. Learn the best vintages, a history of the property, information on vineyards and winemaking. If you want to read about other important, Bordeaux Chateaux: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles

Marojallia History, Overview

Marojallia is one of the newer estates in the Medoc as it only dates back to 1998, when the vineyard was purchased by Philippe Porcheron from Roger Rex. At the time of the sale, the vineyard was under a leasing agreement to another grower. Before that, the vineyard was previously owned by the Ginestet family. However, the name of the property is well rooted in the history of the Bordeaux region.

It is a known fact that Bordeaux wine and the Bordeaux region was favored by the ancient Romans. There are numerous remains of their efforts scattered over the right and left bank. In fact, the ancient Roman’s coined a word for what we now call the region of Margaux, Marojallia. The famed Roman poet Ausonius is credited for having came up with the word.

Chateau Ausone in St. Emilion also took its name from Ausonius. However, that is one of the few ties to ancient history this property has. Marojallia is one of the few “microcuvee’s” Bordeaux wine producers in the left bank. Marojallia was the first, small, boutique property in the Medoc. The chateau is situated in Margaux, not far from the village of Margaux.

Philippe Porcheron produced the debut vintage of Marojallia in 1999. This was with the help of Jean-Luc Thunevin and Murielle Andraud from Valandraud in St. Emilion. Murielle Andraud worked with the estate on their 1999 and 2000 vintages. After that date, Michel Rolland was retained as consultant oenologist. At the time of the debut release, the property was only 2.5 hectares of vines, most of which were located in Arsac. Since then, Philippe Porcheron has been able to purchase an addition 1.5 hectares of vines. Because the vineyard was under a least agreement prior to the purchase by Porcheron, the new owner had to create a new cellar and wine making facility at the estate.

Due to the unconventional wine making views of Marojallia, (unconventional for the Medoc is a much more accurate statement), the new owner was initially greeted with doubt from some of his neighbors.

However, the quality of Marojallia is there. All anyone needs to do is taste the wine.  But because the production of this Left Bank Bordeaux wine is small and prices are high, it is often difficult to find. In a recent tasting in of all the top 2000 wines in 2010, the wine showed well and had ample stuffing to continue to age and evolve. Marojallia added a hotel, restaurant and conference facilities to their Margaux property. They have good neighbors. The hotel and chateau are located just across the street from Durfort Vivens, which also places them close to Chateau Margaux and Chateau Rauzan Segla.

Marojallia Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking

The 4 hectare Marojallia vineyard is planted to 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot. This is a big change in the vineyard over the years with a large increase in the amount of Cabernet Sauvignon planted here. The vines are on average, 25 years of age. The vineyard is planted to a vine density of 10,000 vines per hectare. Yields are often tiny at 25 hectoliters per hectare.

To produce the wine of Marojallia, vinification takes place in temperature controlled, stainless steel vats. Malolactic fermentation takes place in barrel. The wine of Chateau Marojallia is then aged in 100% new, French oak barrels for between 18 to 24 months before bottling. On average, 1,250 cases of Marojallia are produced per year. There is a second wine, Clos Margalaine.

The best vintages of Marojallia are: 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2005, 2000 and 1999.

In addition to their Margaux wines, they also produce 3 additional wines. Chateau Bouqueyran, from vines they own in the Moulis appellation and Chateau Rose Sainte Croix from vines they have planted in the neighboring Listrac appellation. Both those wines are interestingly made from the same blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and 50% Merlot. They make a third wine, Benjamin de Margalaine, which comes from vines planted in the Haut Medoc appellation.

There is also a small, boutique hotel attached to the property, that is owned by the same family that was previously owned by the Ginestet family that was sold to Marojallia in 2005.

When to Drink Chateau Marojallia, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau Marojallia can be enjoyed on the young side with decanting. Young vintages can be decanted for an average of 2-3 hours, give or take. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Chateau Marojallia is usually better with at least 7-8 years of bottle age. Of course that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage character. Chateau Marojallia offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 10-25 years of age after the vintage.

Serving Marojallia, with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips

Marojallia is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. Marojallia is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes. Marojallia is a perfect match with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta as well as cheese.

Château Marojallia Wine Tasting Notes

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  1. 2016 Château Marojallia ( Margaux)

    1. Truffle, oak, licorice and black fruits with soft, polished, rich textures, sweetness and length, this wine was made from a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot.

      93 points - Tasted
  2. 2015 Château Marojallia ( Margaux)

    1. This wine is dark in color with a nose of blackberry, flowers, espresso and earthy notes. Rich, fat and sweet with a lush character and a round, fruit-filled finish, the wine was made from a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot. 92 - 94 Pts

      93 points - Tasted
  3. 2014 Château Marojallia ( Margaux)

    1. With an oaky, floral, black cherry nose, this fleshy, round, wine has an early drinking, seductive, open charm. 89-91 Pts

      90 points - Tasted
  4. 2013 Château Marojallia ( Margaux)

    1. Deep in color for the vintage, this wine is tight and needs coaxing to reveal aromas of coffee bean and black raspberry. Soft, polished and forward, it’s all about the sweet black cherries on the palate with a lot of oak in the end note. 88-90 Pts

      88 points - Tasted
  5. 2012 Château Marojallia ( Margaux)

    1. Truffle, tobacco, earth, licorice and blackberry scents open to a blackberry-filled wine that shows almost too much oak in the chocolate and black cherry-filled finish. 89-91 Pts

      90 points - Tasted
  6. 2011 Château Marojallia ( Margaux)

    1. 70% Cabernet Sauvignon with 30% Merlot produce a wine that’s deep ruby in color. Oak, coffee, jammy strawberry and vanilla scents open to a fresh, plum- and cassis-filled wine that ends with oak, blackberry jam and coffee bean in the finish. 89-91 Pts

      89 points - Tasted
  7. 2011 Clos Margalaine ( Margaux)

    1. Coffee, vanilla and black cherry scents, fresh, bright, tart, tannic and filled with red berries and oak. 86-87 Pts

      86 points - Tasted
  8. 2010 Château Marojallia ( Margaux)

    1. Marojaillia Deep dark ruby color, oak, black raspberry and licorice scents are followed by a dense, round, sweet, licorice, chocolate and boysenberry filled palate. This is a rich, opulent textured wine of pleasure. 92-94 Pts

      93 points - Tasted
  9. 2009 Château Marojallia ( Margaux)

    1. Espresso bean, vanilla, chocolate, black cherry, truffle and earthy scents produce an interesting perfume. Lush, round and silky, this opulent, black cherry and dark cocoa filled wine has a lot to offer with its ripe fruit and plush textures.

      92 points - Tasted
  10. 2009 Clos Margalaine ( Margaux)

    1. Truffle, forest, black cherry scents, medium bodied with a soft, round, cherry filled finish.

      85 points - Tasted
  11. 2008 Château Marojallia ( Margaux)

    1. Wet earth, smoke, caramel, coffee, dark berries and stone create the perfume. Soft, round and supple in texture, the wine is foiled with fresh black cherry and dark, bitter chocolate. Give it a few more years.

      91 points - Tasted
  12. 2008 Clos Margalaine ( Margaux)

    1. Hints of coffee, raspberry and earth. Fresh, medium bodied, tart, cocoa and red berry finish is found in the wine.

      82 points - Tasted
  13. 2007 Château Marojallia ( Margaux)

    1. Herbs, coffee, red fruits and soft in texture, the wine ends with cherries and oak in the finish. Drink now as it will not age well from here.

      89 points - Tasted
  14. 2006 Château Marojallia ( Margaux)

    1. Medium bodied, elegant, smoky wine with black cherry, thyme, espresso and floral accents that is offering, silky textured pleasure today.

      90 points - Tasted
    2. Light ruby in color, forest floor, truffle, strawberry, blackberry, earth and herb scents open to a round, soft textured, sweet, red and black cherry filled wine that is starting to show well.

      91 points - Tasted
  15. 2005 Château Marojallia ( Margaux)

    1. Earth, truffle, coffee, cocoa, black cherry, plum, forest floor and mineral scents are found in the perfume. Good concentration of flavor, with supple, fleshy textures and a round, fresh, chocolate, black cherry and blackberry finish. Still tannic, give it another 3-5 years.

      93 points - Tasted
  16. 2004 Château Marojallia ( Margaux)

    1. Soft, silky, medium bodied and seductive, this mature wine serves up a smooth blend of earth, black raspberries, tobacco and earthy notes.

      90 points - Tasted
  17. 2000 Château Marojallia ( Margaux)

    1. Aromatically, the wine serves up a blast of licorice, black cherry, smoke, flowers, espresso and chocolate covered cherries. On the palate, the wine tastes and feels oaky, which at close to 17, worries me. There is a lushness to texture, silky tannins, and plenty of sweet, ripe, cherries. But but the level of oak is on the border.

      91 points - Tasted
    2. Here's something you do not see everyday, a Garage styled wine from the Left Bank! showing well, with its licorice, tobacco, black cherry, cocoa and liqueur charms. Soft, open, east to drink, it could develop more secondary characteristics, but it does not need additional cellaring at this point. This 500 case production was consulted by Jean Luc Thunevin.

      93 points - Tasted
    3. This offers an intriguing perfume of truffle, earth, mocha, black berry and black cherry scents. This is a very sexy style of Margaux that combines plush, opulent textures with ripe, round fruit.

      93 points - Tasted