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Margaux AOC

Description to Margaux AOC

One of the six communes (in addition to Listrac-Médoc, Moulis, Pauillac, Saint-Estèphe and Saint-Julien) within the French Haut-Médoc area which are independent appellations and are allowed to bear the place name on the label. Of these, Margaux is the most famous and largest municipality in the centre of the Médoc. The appellation also includes the four municipalities of Arsac, Cantenac, Labarde and Soussans. The vineyards cover around 1,300 hectares. The soils consist of a flat layer of coarse gravel over fine gravel mixed with limestone. The red wines produced there are among the best in Médoc. A great lover of wines was the writer Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961). The eldest granddaughter was called Margaux Hemingway after this place or wine, although her name was Margot Louise

Margaux - Château d’Issan und Châtreau Margaux

Margaux is home to 21 of the 61 châteaux that were included in the Grand Cru list at the famous Bordeaux Classification in 1855. Their vineyards account for over a third of the Médoc's cru-classé area. They include the famous Château Margaux, classified as Premier (1st place), the five Château Brane-Cantenac, classified as Deuxième (2nd place), Château Durfort-Vivens, Château Lascombes, Château Rauzan-Gassies and Château Rauzan-Ségla, as well as Château d'Issan, classified as Troisième (3rd place) (see the complete list under Médoc). Margaux is the only municipality in which all five classes are represented. There are also well over 20 wineries classified as Cru-Bourgeois, such as Château Labégorce-Zédé and Château Siran, as well as a number of establishments classified as Cru Artisan. The dominant variety, Cabernet Sauvignon, generally has the largest share in the red wines that can often be stored for decades, but Merlot usually has a higher share compared to other large municipalities in the Médoc. This gives the tannin-rich Margaux wines a typical, slightly softer, softer note.


By Domenico-de-ga from the German Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link
Changes from the original by Norbert F. J. Tischelmayer June 2017

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