In the parish of Margauxin the Medocin France, this is one of the five classed 1st growths (see classification). It has made wine at least since the 15th century. The present elegant house and the beautiful chai were designed by Combes, pupil of the great Victor Louis, at the beginning of the 19th century. M. Pierre Ginestet. Who formerly owned Ch. Margaux. Acquired sole control of it in 1949. and made many modernisations and improvements: in the opinion of many the quality of the wine declined over a certain period because, it was considered, the vineyard was not properly treated after being replanted subsequent to the Phylloxera. The vineyard is planted with about 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and 35% Merlot. The wine, at its best, is very charming with a beautiful bouquet, elegant balance and the nobility of great claret.
In 1966 the owner decided to market some chateau-bottled non-vintage wine, from both Margaux and his then other estate. Cos d’Estournel. But this practice seems to have been dropped. It was a means of appealing to the American market in particular and, of course, enabled a wine of a certain quality to be ordered anywhere with confidence – at a fairly high price. But lovers of classic claret, for whom the variation provided by vintages is one of the great fascinations, deplored the idea; although the example was followed by some other proprietors. A little white wine was made at Ch. Margaux also. The property now belongs to Mme. Mentzenopoulos who, with one of her daughters, has undertaken major improvements in all aspects of making the wine.
Commune of the Medoc famous for the 1st growth. Chateau Margaux. Chateaux Palmer. Rausan-Segla, Rauzan-Gassies, Lascombes and Le PrieurS are also well-known names. The wines have great charm and a special type of generous fragrance, plus much fruit, and they are easy to enjoy. In outstanding years they can possess a nobility and firmness of character that enables them to be as great as all but the finest Pauillacs – and even then some would dispute this qualification!