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The Story

The usual blend is a full 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, with 25% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot, reflecting roughly the plantings within the vineyard itself, and recent replanting has been intended to maintain this high level of Cabernet Sauvignon. Average age of vines 40 years.

Vinification: Work is led by winemaker and managing director Marjolaine de Coninck, who joined the team in 2010. The winemaking is carried out in half wooden vats, half concrete vats, all fully replaced in 2010, and that will form part of the new winery when it is completed in 2015. The wine spends 18 months in barrels, with between 50-60% new oak. Fabien Raymond works as technical director alongside Marjolaine de Coninck.

Terroir: The vineyard is divided into three plots – one right next to the chateau building in the village of Margaux, where the soil is largely gravel and clay. A second, more gravel heavy plot runs alongside the D2 Route des Chateaux road, and the third is in the village of Soussans, to the north of Margaux, of marl, silt and gravel.


Vintage 2020

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

This year's summer was the hottest since 1959, but the rain fell at just the right time during the growing season. The harvest took place two weeks before the norm and will produce grapes with high alcohol potential and the lowest acidity since the 2003 vintage. As they say in Bordeaux: “It was a good and extreme growing season which , hopefully, also produces great wines.”


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Marquis d’Alesme – very classic for Margaux commune with pure elegance and finesse. Dark chocolate and black cherries with some blackcurrants as well, lush on the palate and silky tannin. Lovely complexity and depth. Very much approved. 93+p.

  • 93p

Dark purple colour with violet hue and almost black core. Sophisticated nose with aroma reminiscent of ripe blackcurrants and blackberries, oriental spices and distinct toasting aroma. Mocha and cocoa in the background. On the palate well balanced well structured with opulence and freshness, ripe tannins, fresh fruit, elegant spiciness and fine toasting flavour. A wine with excellent length. 

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