Château Desmirail 2010

Special Price $74.95 Average US Price $80.00
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• Domaine: Château Desmirail
• Appellation: Margaux
• Classification: Third Growth, 3ème Grand Cru Classé
• Origin: Left Bank, Bordeaux, France
• Importer: Laguna Cellar

Château Desmirail may be one of the more obscure classified growths, but that does not mean this Third Growth estate is not worth paying attention to.  Since approximately 2010, with the addition of a new vat room, quality at Château Desmirail has steadily climbed with each passing vintage.  Value hunters and novices to the Bordeaux region alike should take note of Château Desmirail as the wines are classic examples of excellent Margaux terroir, with decent ageability, and serviceable pricing that will not break the bank. 

Château Desmirail was not always one of the lesser-known properties.  In fact, in the 17th Century, the story was actually quite the opposite.  Initially Château Desmirail was a part of the vast Rauzan estate.  In 1661 a lawyer and member of the Bordeaux Parliament, Jean Desmirail acquired the property in the typical fashion of the day: as a dowry through marriage to one of the daughters from the Rauzan family.  Jean Desmirail named the property after himself, and thus, Château Desmirail received its namesake.  

Just prior to the 1855 Classification, the Rauzan Estate was segmented off into three parcels.  Château Rauzan-Ségla was the most famous of the three, followed by Château Rauzan-Gassies and finally Château Desmirail.   The property changed hands several times and was even owned by Robert Mendelsohn, the nephew of the great composer Felix Mendelsohn who composed the Wedding March.  Prior to World War II, Château Desmirail was sold to the Third Growth powerhouse, Château Palmer.  Interestingly enough, the entire crop of Château Palmer’s 1963 vintage was declassified and used for the 1963 vintage of Château Desmirail, which explains why no bottles of 1963 Château Palmer exist.  

Château Desmirail is presently owned by the Lurton family.  Other holdings of the Lurtons include Château Brane-Cantenac and the future cult producer Château Durfort-Vivens.  Château Desmirail is a small, 37-hectare property planted with 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot.  The terroir here is typical of Margaux, and the Cabernet vines in particular thrive in the heavily graveled soils.  Their vines are approximately 25 years old on average and sustainably farmed.  Château Desmirail also has vines in the commune of Arsac, not too far from Château du Terte.  These grapes handpicked by a team of sixty and vinified parcel by parcel in a mixture of temperature controlled stainless steel vats and oak vats, that reside in one of the property’s three Vat Rooms.  This depends on the individual age of the vines and generally speaking, older vines are fermented in oak.  The winery relies on gravity to preserve the freshness of the fruit and keep the subtle intricacies that are so integral to the style of Margaux wines.

The wines of Château Desmirail generally show their best with about 9 years of bottle ageing.  Younger vintages start to express themselves well after a couple of hours of decanting.  Château Desmirail also produces a Rosé – Le Rosé de Desmirail.  

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Stock Status Out of Stock
Appellation Margaux
Vintage 2010
Brand Chateau Desmirail
Shipping Weight 3.000000


Margaux is well known for its prime location in the Haut-Médoc subregion on the Left Bank along the Gironde estuary, which provides a temperate maritime climate and ideal conditions for grape cultivation. The cultivation of vines and wine production in Margaux can be traced back to Roman times. However, during the Middle Ages, the wine industry in Bordeaux began to take shape, and centuries later, Margaux continued to build its reputation as a premier wine appellation throughout the 20th century. 

Margaux is known for its diverse and complex terroir, with gravelly, sandy, and clay-rich soils. The gravelly soils provide excellent drainage and heat retention, particularly favorable for the ripening of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, the primary grape variety grown in Margaux.

Margaux is celebrated for producing elegant and refined red wines. These wines are often described as having a delicate and perfumed character, with aromas of blackcurrant, violets, and other red and black fruits. They are known for their balance, finesse, and exceptional aging potential.

The appellation gained international recognition for producing some of the world's finest wines. Its namesake champion, Château Margaux, was named in 1855 as one of the original First Growths (Premiers Crus). In addition, Margaux is home to these classified estates: Château Palmer, Château Rauzan-Ségla, Château Rauzan-Gassies, Château Durfort-Vivens, Château Lascombes, Château Brane-CantenacChâteau Giscours, Château Kirwan, Château d'Issan, Château Malescot St.-Exupery, Château Cantenac Brown, Château Desmirail, Château Ferriere, Château Marquis d'Alesme, Château Boyd-Cantenac, Château Prieuré-Lichine, Château Marquis de Terme, Château Dauzac.

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