Chateau Margaux makes others seem like young pretenders. It dates back to the 12th century although wine production began in earnest 400 years later.
Cabernet sauvignon predominates at about 87 per cent. As with other classic Bordeux wines, the reds are matured in oak barrels for up to two years and fined using egg whites. Each bottle is inscribed using a laser to guarantee authenticity. About 12,500 cases of the grand vin are produced each year. Concentration and longevity are the keywords with Margaux and recent vintages will improve for the next 20 years.
33460 Margaux, France
Areas under vine
Average annual production
12000Cases per annum
The wine is placed in new oak barrels for 18 months
Sandy-stone topsoil, beneath which is to be found gravel and then clay