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  • Producer ranking ?

    6
  • Decanting time

    2h
  • When to drink

    2020-2035
  • Food Pairing

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The Story

Wine is a result of culture and nature coming together. For centuries it has been the fruit of both the vine and of man's labour. We are all familiar with the pleasure wine brings. The Roman expression : bonum vinum laetificat cor hominum ("good wine gladdens the heart") shows us how ancient this appreciation of fine wine actually is. Personnaly, I owe the privilege of being able to produce this precious nectar, in the prestigious appellation of Margaux, to my parents, Lucien and Marie-Jeanne. For me, of upmost importance is to strive to make a wine that captures all the finesse and elegance of the appellation.

 

Desmirail was classified a 3rd Grand Cru Classé as part of the 1855 classification. The wine is the result of a parcel of exceptional terroir within the Margaux appellation, which it represents perfectly with its delicate balance.

Vinification is carried out using modern techniques and equipment, but with an overarching respect for tradition. This results in a wine that can be enjoyed in its youth, but which also has a tremendous capacity to improve with age.

Strict grape selection and carefully adapted maturation methods are both key to making Château Desmirail into the Grand Vin it is.

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Vintage 2020

In Bordeaux, the heat resulted in early flowering. Also, this led to an early harvest after a very hot summer. As a starting point, there is great maturity in the grapes, and one can expect a more opulent vintage than in the last few years.

The summer this year has been the warmest since 1959, yet the rain has fallen at the right times during the growing season. The harvest took place two weeks before the norm and will yield grapes with high potential alcohol and the lowest acidity since the 2003 vintage. As they say in Bordeaux: "It has been a good and extreme growing season which hopefully also produces great wines".

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Desmirail CC - 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 50% Merlot and 10% Petit Verdot. 13% alcohol. Shows an elegant and fragrant nose of blackcurrants and black cherries. Fresh, vivid, fleshy, luscious berries and grained tannin on the palate, and it all ends with a fine and lingering finish. Quite a seductive effort. 93p.

  • 93p

Ruby. Scented, blackberries, anise, fruit driven and nuanced nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, blackberries, anise, fruit driven, refreshing and brighter Desmirail, long. 14% alcohol. 90-92

  • 92p

Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. Quite powerful yet elegant nose with ripe blackberries, blackcurrants and dark stone fruit, sloe in the background. On the palate juicy fruit blended with fine toasting flavour, dark chocolate, hints of smoke, great freshness and elegance. 

  • 94p
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Margaux, Bordeaux

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