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France, Margaux

Wine is being produced throughout France and has been done for over 2,500 years with certain Châteaux dating their history back to Roman times, around 6th Century BC. Ranking second in the world in per-capita consumption and first in total production quantity. More-so than the overall quantity of wine is the quantity of truly great wines coming out of France makes the nation the envy of wine-making nations worldwide.

Two concepts pivotal to the higher end French wines, in particular, are the idea of 'terroir' and the Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) system. Terroir refers to the way the geography, geology and climate find their way into the glass, telling a story of the origin of the wine. The AOC was set up in 1935 and has the primary goal of protecting the authenticity of the wines and the livelihoods of the producers. Appellation rules strictly define which varieties of grapes and winemaking practices are approved for classification in each of France's several hundred geographically defined appellations, which can cover entire regions, individual villages or in some cases, like in Burgundy even specific vineyards.

Classic wine regions in France include Champagne (home of Champagne), Burgundy (Pinot Noir and Chardonnay), Bordeaux (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot), Alsace (Aromatic varietals), Loire Valley (Chenin Blanc, Crémant) and the Rhône Valley (Syrah, Grenache Mourvedre)

The Bordeaux classification of 1855 is still in use, as is the Sauternes and Barsac Classification of the same year. Wines from certain regions can be bought En Primeur, which is when the wine is sold prior to it being bottled.
Located on the left bank of the Gironde, situated on the far South in the Médoc, the appellation of Margaux is home to more than twenty one classified growths, more than any other appellation in the region. The overall wines of Margaux are the essence of sophistication accompanied by other unique floral characteristics, such as violet and lilac. The wines from this area encapsulate a sensuous, elegant aroma with hints of ripe plum, cassis and truffle.

Believed to have been harvested first by the Romans as early as 2,000 years ago, Margaux was the first Bordeaux Appellation made into vineyards. This wine region spans across 1,413 hectares of vineyards which ripen around seven to ten days before the rest of the surrounding region, and are protected by forest to the West that provides cover from the cold Atlantic breeze. The soil type of Margaux is the thinnest soil in the Médoc with a high gravel content allowing good drainage which is essential to maintaining the quality of fruit at harvest. The main grapes particular to that area include Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc.
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  1. Chateau Siran Margaux 2021 (En Primeur - arrival 2024)
    *This price includes all shipping and taxes- due 2024* Both powerful and subtle, the wines of Siran always seek the balance between the softness of the tannins, the intensity of the fruit and a persistent freshness. The nose opens with floral ... Learn More
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  2. Chateau Malescot Saint Exupery 2020 (En Primeur - Delivery 2023)
    Château Malescot-St-Exupéry, a 3ème Cru Classé Margaux property, can trace its history back to the 18th century. Over the years its reputation slipped and the estate became dilapidated and run-down. In 1955 Malescot-St-Exupéry was purchased by the Zuger ... Learn More
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  3. Alter Ego de Palmer 2020 (En Primeur - Delivery 2023)
    The Château Palmer is a 3rd Grand Cru classé in Margaux, in the Médoc. The Château Palmer itself was built in 1856 by brothers Emile and Isaac Péreire, great industrialists of the time since they invested as ... Learn More
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  4. Chateau Giscours 2018 (Ex Chateau arrival time 4 months)
    Lots of ripe black cherry and cassis fruits as well as graphite, lead pencil, and scorched earth notes emerge from the 2018 Château Giscours, a medium-bodied Margaux that has a fresh, focused texture, plenty of underlying structure, and the purity ... Learn More
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  5. Alter Ego de Palmer 2021 (En Primeur - arrival 2024)
    A fantastic second wine from the Third Growth Chateau Palmer. Unlike the flagship wine, this wine is predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon (60%). While it maintains the elegant, fruit-forward house style, it is somewhat more savoury than the flagship wine. On the nose, ... Learn More
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  6. Chateau Lascombes 2018 (Ex Chateau)
    The 2018 Lascombes is deep garnet-purple in color and a little reduced to begin, offering tar and scorched earth notions over an emerging core of baked blackcurrants, plum preserves and charcuterie plus hints of bay leaves and underbrush. Full, richly fruited ... Learn More
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  7. Chateau Palmer 2020 (En Primeur - Delivery 2023)
    Regarded a “Super Second” (but technically a 3me growth), Palmer is capable of producing wines that equal or even outstrip the quality of its famous Premier cru neighbour, Ch. Margaux. Named for the wealthy English military man who bought the ... Learn More
  8. Chateau Palmer 2021 (En Primeur - arrival 2024)
    2021 was not an especially warm vintage compared to preceding vintages, but delivered overall fresh and elegant wines of high quality. In keeping with their house style, Chateau Palmer 2021 has a perfurmed nose, full of generous fruit such as blackberries and ... Learn More
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  9. Chateau Eglise Clinet 2018 (Ex Chateau arrival time 4 months)
    Denis Durantou has made stunning, age-worthy wines here, since his breakthrough 1985, that have invariably matched or beaten all the top names of Pomerol in blind tastings at Southwold and elsewhere. The Merlot was picked between the 18th and 26th September ... Learn More
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  10. Chateau Margaux 2021 (En Primeur - arrival 2024)
    "The 2021 Château Margaux is clearly one of the finest wines of the vintage" - Robert Parker. The nose shows great depth and elegance, with fragrant aromas of violets, wild berries, plums, cassis raspberry, some sweet spice and cigar box. ... Learn More
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  11. Chateau Margaux 2018 (1.5) (Ex Chateau arrival time 4 months)
    Since the early 1980's Chateau Margaux has produced many excellent vintages. It is always impressive, whilst remaining fine and elegant. Margaux is certainly the most stylish, charming and sophisticated of the First Growths. So much ash, tobacco and earth to ... Learn More
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