Medoc / Bordeaux / France
Owned by the Mentzelopoulos family since 1978. 1 of only 5 Château with the 1st growth classification. With Paul Pontallier at the helm of wine making for almost 30yrs. Bringing the last few decades with more consistent quality wines and a few spectacular wines
The estate has 82 hectares under vine, with Cabernet Sauvignon inevitably dominant (75%) made up primarily of Merlot, along with a smattering of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Typically in Margaux, there is a white wine made here, Pavillon Blanc, from 100% Sauvignon Blanc, while the two red wines are Château Margaux itself and the fabulous Pavillon Rouge.
Yearly averages are around 30,000 cases of red wine are made, with the Grand Vin usually accounting for just over 40% of the total. Production of the white wine are less than 3,000 cases.
2009 was a historic vintage for Château Margaux. Margaux employs over 300 people to work the harvest. That number includes 5 teams of 30 people per team to handle the job of sorting. Later and chosen by hand to ensure the best fruit is used.
When asked if they considered adding optical sorters, Pontallier answered, “No. Sorting takes place in the vineyard.” Although, while Paul Pontallier is still not a big user of Optical Sorting, in 2011 and 2012, the estate continued experimenting with Optical Sorting technology. Organic farming is practiced at Château Margaux and experiments are also taking place with a small selection of vines farmed with biodynamic farming techniques.