Margaux Wine Region Summary
Lying on the Left Bank within the Haut Medoc, with the sleepy village of Margaux at its centre, this appellation is home to some timeless wine producers - with a third of the original Cru Classé estates nestled among its 1355 hectares, more than any other within Bordeaux.
Margaux’s thin gravelly soil forces the roots of vines to probe into deeper clay and limestone to find moisture, and enables the Cabernet Sauvignon grapes dominant here, and Merlot, to develop the refined flavours required to create perfumed wines enjoyed here for more than two millennia. Indeed, it is thought that Bordeaux viticulture was born in Margaux under the hedonistic Romans.
Margaux wines are truly seductive; lighter than those of Saint-Estephe and Pauillac further downstream, and often described as having floral characteristics, with violets on the nose a hallmark of the very best vintages.
Of these wines, the most famous must be the produce of Chateau Margaux itself, named a premier cru in the 1855 classification. This is a wine of impeccable breeding; especially beloved by Thomas Jefferson and the first claret to ever be sold at Christies, it continues to be sought after by collectors who appreciate its subtle, refined characteristics. Chateaux Palmer, Rauzan Segla and Brane-Cantenac are also names that must be sought out. Margaux is an appellation where the canny collector is truly spoiled for choice.