For the third installment in our series dedicated to the producers participating in New York’s first ever Bordeaux tasting and dinner event, BurdiGala, we are traveling North of Bordeaux to the Haut Medoc appelation of Margaux.
Margaux – a gem of the Medoc
Like many of the wine growing areas surrounding Bordeaux, the beginning of viticulture in the appellation of Margaux can be traced to the Gallo-Roman period. However, it wasn’t until the 17th and 18th centuries when Dutch engineers drained the region’s marshes that the famous Margaux terroir as we know it came into being. In revealing an exceptional terroir, the reputation of Margaux wines grew throughout the 18th and 19th centuries and the appellation’s position as a producer of distinct, high quality wines was firmly established. Margaux’s status was further secured as 21 of the appellation’s producers were listed in the famous Classification of 1855.
Located on the left bank of the Gironde Estuary, Margaux is the southernmost appellation of the Haut-Medoc and is the gate-way to the Médoc. The terroir of Margaux is characterized by its poor soil quality and gravel deposits- ideal for growing vines that produce concentrated fruit.
Cabernet Sauvignon, which thrives in poor gravel soils, is the dominant grape variety cultivated in Margaux’s 1400 hectares of vineyards. Merlot also represents a significant minority while only traces of Cabernet Franc can be found. Margaux wines are delicate, with an incomparable charm. Voluptuously feminine, they possess a unique balance between rich tannins and an infinite suppleness.Discover Margaux Wines