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Margaux (and surrounds)

The commune of Margaux is easily the largest of the Medoc.  There are around 1,500 hectares of vines spread over five villages (Margaux itself, Soussans, Cantenac, Labarde and Arsac), a ten or so kilometre stretch of land midway along the southern shore of the Gironde estuary, heading towards the Atlantic from the city of Bordeaux, and comprises no less than 21 of the properties classified in 1855.margaux.jpg

Being such a large commune (or more precisely, five communes), it is expected that there is significant variation - both in terms of style as well as quality - between the properties.   Aside from financial influence, this is in large part due to the soils of the area.  Whilst gravels are most often spoken about in the Medoc, Margaux's soils tend to be poorer and thinner than its northern neighbours, with more gravel and less sand and clay.  However this also means that the sites tend to be a little warmer and more susceptible to suffering through drought, meaning the very warm to hot vintages are often better a little further north of Margaux.

The wines of Margaux are perhaps the most erratic in terms of consistency of style of any commune.  At their best, Margaux wines have a haunting, ethereal perfume of wonderful fresh minerals and earth, and a fresh, somewhat herbal character - far more so than those from elsewhere in the Medoc.