Château Desmirail, Margaux

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Château Desmirail, Margaux

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Chateau Desmirail is a third growth in the 1855 classification, which has an outstanding terroir bordering the Route des Chateaux. Jean Desmirail gave his name to the Chateau after marrying an heiress from the Rausan family in the late 17th century. The current owner and manager, Denis Lurton, took over from his father Lucien in 1992.

A well balanced wine, with spicy notes, good length, not too powerful and charming.

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  • Red Wine

  • Château Desmirail

  • France

  • Bordeaux

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Cabernet Sauvignon 54% ; Grape Merlot 46%

  • 2014

  • 75cl

  • Cork

  • 13.00%

  • Vegetarian

  • 1

  • 3.54

  • Perfect with a pheasant pie or roast dishes


The average age of the vines at Château Desmirail is twenty five years old, they cover a surface of around forty hectares. The vineyard is set on deep gravelly soil from the quaternary era, between 650 000 and 250 000 years ago. The gravel and pebbles, which come from the Pyrenees, were carried down by the waters of the Garonne and were set down, forming terraces. The deposits were then eroded and now take the form of gravelly outcrops which attain a height of around 20 metres. The Desmirail vineyard is spread over three communes in the Margaux appellation: Cantenac, Arsac and Soussans.


Two types of vat are used for vinification: oak and stainless steel. The wooden ones are preferred for the older plots. Traditional vinification techniques are employed, with steady, gentle extraction, adapted to each grape variety. The wines are matured in barrels for about a year. For the Grand Vin, the percentage of new barrels varies depending on the vintage but is never less than 30 %. Approximately every three months, the wines are racked in order to clarify them. Finally, after a year, the wines are blended in the wooden vats and given a final clarification with egg white.


  • The 2014 Desmirail is a Margaux that I tasted last year. Like then, I feel that this is holding back on the nose, perchance biding its time, though I admire the tightly wound brambly red fruit that feels nicely defined. It just needs to "rev its motors" a little. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, crisp acidity, an abiding sense of symmetry and precision that comes through on the finish. I expect it will gain more vigor with a couple of years in bottle. 88+ points. Tasted in 2017.

    • Neil Martin

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