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Château Margaux

Grand Cru Classé 1855

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A passage from William Styron’s 1979 bestseller “Sophie’s Choice” describes the Château Margaux wine as: “Were a wine to be drunk in paradise,” Styron wrote, “it would be Chateau Margaux.”
The wine is - and was! - in fact one of the most pricey wines in the world with a starting price of more then €400/bottle and going well in the thousands of Euros, even for recent years, depending on the vintage. In late 18th century already Thomas Jefferson, a wine enthusiast and of course at one time the American ambassador to France wrote about Margaux wine: "It cost me 3 livres a bottle. It is very dear".
Margaux ranked in the famous 1855 classification as "Premier Cru".
The history of the domain is as rich as its wine taste.
In the 13th century there was here a fortress called La Motte whose main purpose was to protect the Gironde Estuary from the pirates. During the 14th and 15th centuries the estate was in the property of d'Albret family - one of the south west leading families from whom sprang King Henri IV - and the Durforts de Duras - another notable family (who were also the owners of Durfort Chateau).
During the 16th and the 17th century while in the possession of the de Lestonnac and later d'Audèle families, Margaux vineyard was transformed from a scattered plots one to the compact and homogenous domain spreading on 70ha, much the same size it is today.
In the middle of the 18th century the chateau passed by marriage in the du Barry family, more precisely to Elie du Barry, the brother in-law of the famous du Barry countess.
In more recent times the chateau went through the hands of different owners including Marquess Douat de la Colonilla who built in 1810 the chateau that can be seen today, and in the middle of the 20th century, the Ginestet family who overhauled the process of wine assemblage. Nowadays the winery is in the property of Mentzelopoulos family.
An interesting fact about Chateau Margaux is that the majority of its workers - around 55 in number including vineyard and cellar workers, masons, electricians, plumbers - live on the estate in a self-catered community, with independent water and electricity supplies (the chateau also produces its own barrels).
The vineyard is divided into 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 2-3% Cabernet Franc and 2-3% Petit Verdot.

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Address:Château Margaux, 33460 Margaux
Latitude:45.044394
Longitude:-0.668734
Visiting Hours:The cellar can be visited by appointment only (Monday to Friday except National Holidays, the month of August and the period of grape harvesting).
Phone: +33 (0) 5 57 88 83 83

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Added by: Sylvain martel Added on: 16 May 2017

Bonjour,
Nous sermons dans la region du 17 au 20 juillet 2017 et aimerions visiter votre chateau. Auriez vous de la disponibilite pour 2 personnes pour une visite et degustation. Merci. Au plaisir.

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