If Pauillac can be seen as the bastion of "traditional" Red Bordeaux, then
Margaux represents its other facet in producing wines that are among the most
sensual and alluring of Bordeaux. It is the biggest commune in the Médoc encompassing the communes of
Cantenac, Soussans, Arsac andLabaude in addition to
Margaux itself It is located in the centre of the Haut-Médoc, and is the
closest of the important communes to the city of Bordeaux.
The soils in Margaux are the lightest and most gravelly of the Médoc
with some of the soils also containing a high percentage of sand. Vineyards
located in Cantenac and Margaux make up the core of the appelation with the
best vineyard sites being located on well-drained slopes. It is these lighter,
well-drained soils which give Margaux its deft touch and silky perfumes.
Further from the water there is a greater clay content and the wines are less
Margaux is the most diffuse of all the Médoc appelations with a
reputation for scaling the heights with irreproachable wines such as Ch. Margaux and Ch. Palmer, but also plumbing the depths, with
too many other Château not fulfilling their potential. There has been an
upward shift in recent years, but the appellation cannot yet boast the
reliability of St Julien. However the
finest Margaux are exquisitely perfumed and and are models of refinement and
subtlety which have few parallels in Bordeaux.
Ch. Margaux, Ch. Palmer, Ch. Brane-Cantenac, Ch. Rauzan-Ségla , Ch. Dufort-Vivens, Ch. Ferrière, Ch. du Tertre, Ch. Giscours, Ch.