Regions and Appellations France Bordeaux Medoc Margaux

Margaux Wine

Margaux is an important appellation in the Haut-Médoc district of Bordeaux, southwestern France. Located 25 kilometers (15 miles) north of the city of Bordeaux, the appellation is famous for producing supple, perfumed wines, predominantly from Cabernet Sauvignon.

The Margaux appellation contains 21 cru classé properties from the 1855 Bordeaux Classification (20 of which still exist), more than any other Left Bank appellation. It is also, geographically speaking, the largest in the Médoc, and is divided into five communes or parishes.

Margaux: mansions and manicured vineyards

In the north, Soussans borders Pauillac. It boasts no cru classé wines, unlike the commune of Margaux to its south. The latter includes ten cru classé chateaux including first growth Château Margaux, and Château Palmer which is "only" a third growth but regarded as one of the great Bordeaux estates. South of Margaux commune Cantenac is home to seven cru classé properties. Giscours and Dauzac are the crus classés based in Labarde, while southernmost Arsac is further inland and the location of fifth growth Château du Tertre.

In Saint-Julien, Saint-Estèphe and Pauillac, the vineyards belonging to each château are often clearly divided and consolidated in a single plot, but in Margaux, this is not the case. Here, even vineyards belonging to the wealthier châteaux are dispersed and mixed in with those of their rivals. The result is that the idea of unique terroirs is diluted, and so winemaking practices and choice of grape varieties play more important roles in the character of wines.

The distinctive flavors and textures of Margaux wines are often attributed to the local soils. In Margaux, the soils have a high gravel content (Pauillac and Saint-Estèphe have slightly more clay), which leads to excellent drainage and a low level of nutrients. Vines grow well in poor, loose, free-draining soil; the poorer the soil, the deeper the vines must go to find water and nourishment. This makes them physically stronger and also allows them to reflect the specific characteristics of the deeper soils. The downside is that Margaux's wines can seem almost too light and delicate in cool vintages.

The grapes permitted for use here are Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Carmenère, Petit Verdot and Malbec. They must come from vineyards planted to densities of 6500 to 10,000 plants per hectare (2631 and 4048 per acre).

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Most Popular Margaux Wine

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Wine Name
Grape
Popularity
Score
Avg Price
Chateau Margaux, Margaux, France Bordeaux Blend Red 4th 95 $773
Chateau Palmer, Margaux, France Bordeaux Blend Red 28th 94 $356
Chateau Giscours, Margaux, France Bordeaux Blend Red 58th 92 $88
Chateau Lascombes, Margaux, France Bordeaux Blend Red 70th 91 $99
Chateau Rauzan-Segla, Margaux, France Bordeaux Blend Red 86th 93 $121
Chateau Brane-Cantenac, Margaux, France Bordeaux Blend Red 129th 92 $93
Pavillon Rouge du Chateau Margaux, Margaux, France Bordeaux Blend Red 158th 91 $246
Chateau Malescot-St-Exupery, Margaux, France Bordeaux Blend Red 167th 92 $85
Chateau d'Issan, Margaux, France Bordeaux Blend Red 193rd 92 $81
Chateau Prieure-Lichine, Margaux, France Bordeaux Blend Red 207th 91 $58
Chateau Palmer Alter Ego de Palmer, Margaux, France Bordeaux Blend Red 210th 91 $93
Chateau du Tertre, Margaux, France Bordeaux Blend Red 264th 90 $60
Chateau Cantenac Brown, Margaux, France Bordeaux Blend Red 267th 91 $73
Chateau Kirwan, Margaux, France Bordeaux Blend Red 271st 91 $67
Chateau d'Angludet, Margaux, France Bordeaux Blend Red 380th 89 $52
Chateau Dauzac, Margaux, France Bordeaux Blend Red 412th 90 $55
Chateau Durfort-Vivens, Margaux, France Bordeaux Blend Red 450th 90 $91
Segla, Margaux, France Bordeaux Blend Red 465th 89 $49
Chateau Lascombes 'Chevalier de Lascombes', Margaux, France Cabernet Sauvignon - Merlot 502nd 87 $38
Chateau Marquis de Terme, Margaux, France Bordeaux Blend Red 504th 90 $55
Chateau Labegorce, Margaux, France Bordeaux Blend Red 506th 90 $41
Chateau Rauzan-Gassies, Margaux, France Bordeaux Blend Red 533rd 89 $74
Chateau Siran, Margaux, France Bordeaux Blend Red 546th 89 $38
Chateau Ferriere, Margaux, France Bordeaux Blend Red 620th 89 $58
Chateau Boyd-Cantenac, Margaux, France Bordeaux Blend Red 748th 90 $62
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