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History

Château de Lamarque is a delightful Haut-Médoc property which is situated on the left bank of the Gironde, to the north of Margaux, very close to the river. The owners of de Lamarque, Pierre-Gilles and Marie-Hélène Gromand d’Evry are determined to make the best Haut-Médoc wine possible here and have done their utmost to achieve this goal. 


The Château's vineyards lie in three distinctive plots each on a gravel mound. One parcel lies within Lamarque village, just behind the church. A second is opposite Château Malescasse, further south, and then there is a sizeable parcel to the west of the road north. This part of Château de Lamarque borders Moulis and counts Châteaux PoujeauxMaucaillou and Chasse-Spleen amongs its neighbours

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Vineyards

The vineyards covers thirty-five hectares, planted on alluvial gravel with a sub-soil of clay, sandstone and red gravels, deep and well-drained. The varietal planting is 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot but the proportion of each in the finished wine will vary every vintage, dependent both on the conditions of the harvest and on the percentage of vin de presse used. It is worth noting that since 1998 the proportion of Cabernet Franc has gradually been reduced at Château de Lamarque in favour of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, for qualitative reasons. Recently the blend has been around 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot and 5% Petit-Verdot, with the Cabernet Franc going into the property’s second wine.

 

Recognising that there had been something of a laissez-faire approach to vineyard management in the past, and that the quality of the harvest and the nurturing of the vines is essential to the finished wine, Marie-Hélène took steps to improve vineyard practices. Production has been savaged under her jurisdiction as she has introduced an extremely rigorous regime of crop thinning. Generally, when we meet at the end of a long day’s tasting, black-toothed and grim, we are greeted by Marie-Hélène looking wonderfully glamorous. It is hard to imagine her out amongst the vines yet she is a demon with a set of secateurs. Pierre-Gilles sometimes winces as he relates how low the production has been in some years… yet the results show in the concentration of successive Château de Lamarque vintages. 

 

Having decided to concentrate on the vineyard, questions inevitably arise as to how to maximise the quality of the crop, while respecting and safeguarding the land for future generations. Château de Lamarque leans ever closer towards organic viticulture and for fifteen years the Gromand d’Evrys have exercised a revolutionary viticultural system devised by Jean-Pierre Cousinié. This involves researching, monitoring and assessing the vines from sub-soil through to the grapes. A great deal of painstaking work and investment has gone into plotting a minutely detailed map of the vineyard, parcel by parcel, which has enabled a much greater understanding of the diversity of soils and how best to look after the vines. Any treatments used are balanced and very precise. The vines are healthier, more resistant to disease without recourse to chemicals, and better able to await later harvests so that full phenolic maturation can be achieved. The results are already exciting and they now underpin the future planting programme of the Château. Cabernet Franc, deemed too capricious, will give way to increased proportions of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and an elevated 12% to 15% of Petit Verdot.

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Winemaking

Whilst stressing the importance of the vineyard, Pierre-Gilles has also allowed himself some new toys. New cellars have been installed, with a fully computerised temperature control system. Fermentation takes place in large concrete vats obscured behind a wooden shell. The cap is submerged during fermentation and extraction is lightly handled. The finished wine is then aged in oak, up to one third of which is new – highly skilled coopers have also been engaged. Father and son team Jacques and Eric Boissenot are consultants, well known for their work in headline properties such as Lafite, Margaux and Léoville-Barton. 

Château de Lamarque is fortunate in its proprietors: Marie-Hélène and Pierre-Gilles are unstinting in their push towards quality. Now only the climate lies in the lap of the gods. The efforts of Marie-Hélène and Pierre-Gilles have already reaped rewards and Château de Lamarque is producing ever-improving wines, consistent with the vintages.

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Inside information

Château de Lamarque has witnessed a lot of history. Used as a fortress to defend the Médoc against Norman invaders, it takes its name from the French term for a border bastion – the marches. The original property dates back to the 11th century but the present château was built in the 14th century, with its dungeon, battlements and crenulated walls. There has been an illustrious and varied line of inhabitants at Château de Lamarque throughout the centuries, including King Henry V, several governors of Guyenne and the Duke of Epernon. In 1841, the Count de Fumel acquired the property, and it has been passed down through the generations to the current owners. Pierre-Gilles Gromand d’Evry is the great-great-grandson of the Count de Fumel, a family steeped historically in the world of great wine. Both highly-qualified lawyers, Pierre-Gilles and Marie-Hélène have thrown themselves wholeheartedly into Château de Lamarque, Marie-Hélène on the vineyard side, Pierre-Gilles in the cellar and both are heavily involved in promoting their wines.

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 Markus Del Monego MW / Best Sommelier in the World 1998, MW (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château de Lamarque . In a tasting of  54 wines 

The red wines originating from the right terroirs and old vines, the Bordeaux vintage 2016 an be called outstanding. Water stress was managed well on limestone and clay terroirs, Cabernet varieties did extremely well and old vines found water even during the stressful dry periods of summer. In some few red wines the tannins are slightly harsh, almost bitter, a result of water stress and/or intense extraction. In general the red wines are on an excellent level with an advantage for the left bank, mainly the Médoc area, and the classic great terroirs of Saint-Emilion and Pomerol 

5m 24d ago

 Andrew Caillard MW, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château de Lamarque . In a tasting of  126 wines 

Every now and again one stumbles across a paradox that confounds the accepted natural order of things. The 2016 Bordeaux vintage was born out of a growing season that was near-catastrophe and near-perfection. After the Hesperian Dragon’s relentless torment, the Titan God Atlas had seemingly kept the sky aloft with the help of a Phoenix. Following five months of diabolical weather patterns, a warm to hot dry summer arrived in the nick of time, not only saving a vintage, but creating one of the most spectacular vintages in a lifetime.


 The sense of relief in Bordeaux must have been as thrilling as avoiding the bullet of Russian Roulette, or the adrenalin of surviving a base-jump. The razor’s edge has never been so exquisitely fine. While the end result is not always perfect, with the odd abrasions here and there, the overall quality of the 2016 Bordeaux vintage is remarkably consistent with many Chateaux making some of their best wines in 50 years. Typically, the wines have deep colours, pure fruit aromatics, generous saturated flavours, dense rich tannin structures and bell clear acidities. Precision, freshness, elegance, smoothness and “delicate opulence” are words that are being used by various Chateaux to describe their wines.


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5m 29d ago

 Izak Litwar / The most important Scandinavian Bordeaux Critic, Pro (Denmark)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château de Lamarque . In a tasting of  161 wines 

Bordeaux 2016 vintage!

6m 1d ago

 Andrew Caillard MW, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château de Lamarque . In a tasting of  109 wines 

“Bordeaux 2015 Part II / Château Margaux 2015 / 100-points / Medium deep colour. Lovely cherry, cola, herb aromas. Silky smooth beautifully balanced wine with red currant, red cherry plum flavours with graphite, espresso, chinotto notes, fine loose knit lacy slightly graphite textures and roasted coffee mocha notes. Fruit expands towards the back palate with light graphite plume at the finish. One of the great wines of the vintage and an evocative salute to Ch Margaux’s great winemaker Paul Pontallier (22nd April 1956 – 27th March 2016). 98-100 points ”

1y 5m ago

 Markus Del Monego MW / Best Sommelier in the World 1998, MW (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château de Lamarque . In a tasting of  502 wines 

“2015 will be one of the excellent vintages however hardly to compare to 2009 and 2010 or 2005. In 2015 the region played a major role, terroir was the key to success. For red wines, the limestone plateau in Saint-Emilion performed extremely well as there was water available during the hot summer days and drainage proved to be ideal during rainy August. Therefore the best wines of Saint-Emilion come from limestone soils. The sandy parts of the appellation produced a quite heterogeneous result. In Pomerol it looked the same with very successful wines from the central plateau and more heterogeneous qualities from the areas around. In Fronsac it was not only the terroir which proved important, the vintners decision had a major impact. Pessac-Léognan did extremely well in this vintage with a homogenous quality. The Médoc was divided. The southern part, mainly Margaux and the southern part of Saint-Julien have seen less rain and produced more powerful wines. The northern part of the Médoc, especially Pauillac and Saint-Estèphe have produced a very fine and elegant style with excellent persistence. On the good terroirs, the seeds were ripe which results in very ripe tannins with a silky or velvety expression. In addition the cooler conditions of autumn provoked a very pure and fresh fruit. For the dry white wines the quality depends very much on the origin again. Due to the hot and dry growing season, a lot of white wines show very mild, almost soft acidity but also some phenolic hints in the aftertaste. A few dry white wines are standing out, having preserved freshness and acidity. The sweet wines are remarkably good, very rich in character and the best of them have a crisp acidity balancing the opulent sugar. The tasting conditions were rather good, however the weather was quite mixed affecting the presentation of the wines. The wines were tasted blind where possible and open. The final decision on the rating is based on both tasting types.”

1y 6m ago

 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château de Lamarque . In a tasting of  25 wines 

“Previously, this cuvée was called “Larmandier-Bernier Tradition”, a name that was chosen in the 1970’s by Pierre’s parents.
We decided on “Latitude” since it seemed to give a better description of this cuvée, with its fully round, rich, charming style.
It is composed exclusively of Chardonnays originating from the same “latitude”: the south of Vertus. This is a generous terroir: the cuvée Latitude is the perfect festive Champagne, which still retains the characteristic pureness of our Estate’s Champagnes.
For this cuvée, the grapes were harvested by hand in 2009. Reserve wines made in 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005 and 2004 make up one third of the blend.”

1y 8m ago

 Markus Del Monego MW / Best Sommelier in the World 1998, MW (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château de Lamarque . In a tasting of  30 wines 

“2013 was a challenging vintage. The Primeurs tasting was arguably one of the most difficult ones I ever did, however there were wines showing some promising potential. A complete blind tasting of the vintage will display the bottled wines. The tasting will last from December 29, 2015 till January 6, 201”

1y 9m ago

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