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Margaux is an appellation of wine in the Haut-Médoc district of Bordeaux, in the southwest of France. The Margaux wine appellation is famous for producing supple, perfumed wines, predominantly from Cabernet Sauvignon. Margaux has a large number of vineyards and is the second-largest appellation on the Haut Médoc (after Saint-Estèphe). Many of the châteaux are found in the village, with vineyards also intermingling as they do more than in other areas.


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Location of  Margaux Wine Region

The Margaux appellation contains 21 cru classé properties from the 1855 Bordeaux Classification. Geographically speaking, it is the largest in the Médoc and  is divided into five communes or parishes.

In the North, Margaux is bordered by  Pauillac.  Commune of Margaux includes ten cru classé chateaux that are all ranked in order, including Château Margaux and Château Palmer which are known to be among one the best Bordeaux estates.   

Not only does Margaux have lots of outstanding wines, but it also has many lovely villages on the left bank of the Gironde. The Landes Forest to the west of the appellation shelters the vines from Atlantic breezes.

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History of Margaux Wine Region

The Margaux appellation was the first Bordeaux area cultivated for wine production. Archeologists claim that the Romans planted grapes in this area back in the year 2000. Ausonius, the Roman poet, poetically called Marojallia the 'regio maritima', which is where the winery known as  Marojallia got its name.

17 centuries ago Margaux had already established a reputation for producing high-grade wines. That reputation made Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States, to visit different chateaux in the region including Chateau Margaux.

Terrior of  Margaux Wine Region

Margaux Wines are quite varied due to their massive size and diverse array of soils. Whether not the most concentrated wines, these Bordeaux wines can be the most elegant, sensuous, refined, and perfumed.

The Margaux vineyard plots have gravelly soil mixed with chalk, clay, and limestone which provides good water drainage. The climate in Bordeaux is moderate maritime that allows extended growing season. The dominant grape variety is Cabernet Sauvignon which is blended with varying amounts of Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Malbec, and Carmenere.

Margaux Wine Characteristics

Margaux red blends have a beautiful character and features florality, full-bodied flavor and rich fruity aromas. It can be enjoyed on its own or as part of your favorite wine pairing. Some of these wineries offer floral and spicy scents, particularly violets and lilacs; others offer truffle, cigar box, earthy notes, fruit and tobacco. Tannins are unique to each different grape, and depending on that grape, you could find varying concentrations, ripenesses, or depths in the tannin. However, these qualities can vary widely based on the terroir of the wine and how much desire a winemaker has in contrast to what they're trying to achieve. The best Margaux wines can age for around 30 or so years.

Food to Pair with Margaux Wine

Gigot d'agneau pleureur

Gigot d'agneau pleureur is translated as 'weeping leg of lamb roast'. The meat is placed on a rack, over a vessel containing potatoes and vegetables, so that every bit of the flavorful meat juice drips down onto the potatoes and vegetables as they cook, hence the weeping or crying in the name of the dish. Historically, French village women would make this dish in community ovens. What's left from the delicious meal should be combined to make a sauce. The sauce might include wine, chicken or vegetable stock, fresh herbs and other aromatic ingredients.


Daube is a rustic stew popular in Provence typically made of lamb or beef slowly simmered in wine with different vegetables and herbs such as cinnamon, cloves, thyme, bay leaves, and peppercorns. Preparing daube is a long process, in which you start by laying the meat out on the bottom. Then, with each new layer, you add spice and vegetables to create a rich and flavorful dish.

Places to Visit near Margaux Wine Region

Chocolaterie Mademoiselle de Margaux

A chocolate break in the famous Margaux vineyard is a great way to unwind after a long and hard day. Because of its close proximity to Bordeaux, it offers an attractive destination and culture for visitors. You can try many different types of chocolate on arrival, including rare specimens and dainties only available when you visit this vineyard. The Chocolate Factory is both a manufacturing and distribution company that has been around since 1969. 

Golf Bluegreen Margaux

There is a golf course located near Margaux Wine Region. Golf Bluegreen Margaux is rated as one of the best courses in Europe and offers all-year enjoyment for golfers in the area.This golf club has 2 golf courses and 36 holes. You can book a course tailored to you and enjoy it. A great place to visit and find out what all the fuss is about.

Interesting Facts About Margaux Wine Region

  • Margaux is the first appellation plant for vines by ancient Romans.
  • Margaux is the only major wine region in France with a chateau.
  • Margaux is the only major wine region in France with a chateau. The Margaux appellation has the largest concentration of classified growths in its entirety. With a total of 21 classed growths, it surpasses any other area in Bordeaux.
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Frequently asked questions About Margaux Wine Region

What wine region is a Margaux?

Margaux is an area of wines in the Haut-Médoc district of Bordeaux, southwest France.

What does Margaux wine taste like?

Margaux wine is tasty, crisp and fruity. Its grapefruit, verbena, honeysuckle and lime flavors are prominently featured in each sip.

What are the most famous wineries in this region?

Chateau Giscours
Chateau Ferriere
Chateau Bellevue de Tayac

What are some of the best Margaux wines that people should try?

Chateau Giscours 'Le Haut-Medoc de Giscours'
Chateau Ferriere 'Les Remparts de Ferriere'
Chateau Ferriere 'La Dame de Ferriere'
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Which grape varieties are predominantly grown in Margaux?

Margaux wines are typically made from a blend of grape varieties, with Cabernet Sauvignon being the primary grape. Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Malbec are also used in varying proportions to create the complex and balanced wines of the region.

Are there any famous classified growth wineries in Margaux?

Margaux is home to several prestigious classified growth wineries, also known as "Grand Cru Classé" estates. Château Margaux, Château Palmer, Château Rauzan-Ségla, and Château Brane-Cantenac are among the renowned estates that have made their mark in the wine world.

What makes the terroir of Margaux unique?

Margaux benefits from a terroir characterized by deep gravelly soils, well-draining slopes, and a maritime influence from the nearby Gironde Estuary. This combination creates ideal conditions for the cultivation of Cabernet Sauvignon and contributes to the elegance and finesse found in Margaux wines.

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