As one of the original four Premier Cru estates in the 1855 Bordeaux Classification, Chateau Margaux’s reputation precedes itself. The mastery of winemakers in Chateau Margaux’s cellar results time and time again in outstanding wines that continue to amaze us, and critics worldwide, today. It was ranked number two behind Lafite in the 1855 classification which has given rise to the saying: if Lafite is the king of clarets Margaux is surely the queen.

Chateau Margaux, built in the early 19th Century, is one of the most impressive buildings in the region and is surrounded by 82 hectares of vines. Not only is the Chateau an iconic feature in Margaux, but the estate’s positioning in the topography of the area is also very distinctive. By and large, the Medoc is a relatively flat region, however the land which now makes up the Chateau Margaux estate was on a greater elevation so in the 12th Century it became known as ‘la mothe de Margaux’ – the Margaux mound.

Evidence of viticulture can be traced back on the Margaux estate for several centuries and the estate’s ability to produce first class wine was confirmed when they achieved Premier Cru status in the 1855 Bordeaux Classification. After a period of patchy vintages with successive owners in the 19th Century and into the start of the 20th, it wasn’t until Andre Mentzenopoulos purchased the estate in 1977 that the Chateau gained its current level of prestige. Great investment in both the vineyards and the cellar were implemented. Andre prematurely passed away just three years later leaving the estate in the hands of his daughter, Corinne, who had no formal training or background in the wine industry. Nevertheless, Corinne continued her father’s renovation of Chateau Margaux and has, over the past 43 years, reinvigorated both the wines produced and the estate itself.

One of her greatest decisions was to employ the late, great Paul Pontallier. Having joined Chateau Margaux aged 27, Paul became the Managing Director in 1990 and oversaw 33 harvests, producing a plethora of outstanding wines. Today, the estate is managed by Philippe Bascaules who works with consultant Eric Boissenot as well as Corinne’s children Alexandra and Alexis. In 2015, the Château completed a massive renovation of their cellars. The project, headed by the Pritzker prize winning architect Lord Norman Foster, was the first substantial modernization of the famous cellars of Château Margaux since the original cellars were constructed in 1810. A new vat room and a laboratory were built, the famous bottle library was completely updated and redesigned. Part of that update included a glass walled tasting room overlooking the historic wine bottles stored at the Château.

The vineyards are dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon, taking up 75% of the total, surpassing the 20% of Merlot and the smaller plantings of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. In addition, to their Grand Vin and Pavillon Rouge, Chateau Margaux grows Sauvignon Blanc to produce their white Pavillon Blanc. Light, gravelly soils provide the elegance and balance that Chateau Margaux has become known for. The estate’s consistency in quality was greatly nurtured under the direction of Paul Pontallier, who helped to produce and strong a roaring successes for the estate.

Available Wines

2022 Pavillon Rouge du Chateau Margaux, Margaux 3x75cl

VM92
£450/CaseDuty Status: In BondAvailability: Future ArrivalETA to UK address: Aug 2025

2016 Chateau Margaux Premier Cru Classe, Margaux 6x75cl

RP99VM98
£2,700/CaseDuty Status: In BondAvailability: Immediate

2022 Chateau Margaux Premier Cru Classe, Margaux 1x75cl

VM97
£516/CaseDuty Status: In BondAvailability: Future ArrivalETA to UK address: Aug 2025

2022 Chateau Margaux Premier Cru Classe, Margaux 1x150cl

VM97
£1,035/CaseDuty Status: In BondAvailability: Future ArrivalETA to UK address: Aug 2025

2003 Chateau Margaux Premier Cru Classe, Margaux 12x75cl

RP93VM93/100
£5,800/CaseDuty Status: In BondAvailability: Future Arrival

2022 Pavillon Rouge du Chateau Margaux, Margaux 6x75cl

VM92
£900/CaseDuty Status: In BondAvailability: Future ArrivalETA to UK address: Aug 2025

2019 Chateau Margaux Premier Cru Classe, Margaux 6x75cl

RP100VM97.5
£3,250/CaseDuty Status: In BondAvailability: Immediate

2016 Chateau Margaux Premier Cru Classe, Margaux 6x75cl

RP99VM98
£2,976/CaseDuty Status: In BondAvailability: Future Arrival

2021 Chateau Margaux Premier Cru Classe, Margaux 6x75cl

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£2,190/CaseDuty Status: In BondAvailability: En Primeur

2018 Pavillon Rouge du Chateau Margaux, Margaux 6x75cl

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£850/CaseDuty Status: In BondAvailability: Immediate

2021 Chateau Margaux Premier Cru Classe, Margaux 1x75cl

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£365/CaseDuty Status: In BondAvailability: En Primeur

2021 Chateau Margaux Premier Cru Classe, Margaux 3x75cl

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£1,095/CaseDuty Status: In BondAvailability: En Primeur

2021 Pavillon Rouge du Chateau Margaux, Margaux 3x75cl

DE93JA92JS94-95RP91-93VM91-93
£414/CaseDuty Status: In BondAvailability: En Primeur