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Chateau Margaux is a First Growth winery, which is located in the Margaux commune, on the left bank of the Garonne estuary. In the 12th Century, the estate was known as "La Mothe de Margaux" and a fortified castle lay on the small rise of land. In the 16th Century, wine growing took on particular importance under Pierre de Lestonnac.
The estate was passed down through the female side of the Lestonnac family for many generations and included a marriage to the Pontac family of Chateau Haut-Brion in 1654, which would be instrumental in placing Chateau Margaux as a First Growth in 1855. Since then it has belonged to many different owners, seeing particularly up and down patches in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. However the sale that brought Chateau Margaux back to its former glory came in 1977 when Greek André Mentzenopoulos bought it for 72 million francs. Since then the estate has been completely renovated and transformed and is currently under the ownership of André's daughter Corinne Mentzenopoulos, with the talented Paul Pontallier overseeing production.
The estate covers 262 hectares, of which 80 are dedicated to producing red wine, with 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot grape producing vines. Also unusually 12 hectares are used for white wine, using 100% Sauvignon Blanc vines to produce the dry Pavillon Blanc.
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Bancroft Wines has strong, direct relationships with the most long-established négociants in Bordeaux as well as with many of the most respected estates and growers in Burgundy and the Rhone placing us in an ideal position to secure allocations of many of the world's most desirable wines before they are on the open market.
Buying en primeur involves buying wines before they have been released - before they are even bottled in most cases - and taking delivery up to two years later when the wines are collected from the Chateaux.
Reasons that people invest in en primeur with Bancroft Wines are:
1. It is an opportunity to buy up wines at their first release price to maximise investment potential.
2. It is often the only time some of the rarest wines will appear on the market.
3. Bancroft Wines only include wines that we consider will be almost impossible to track down in future years without paying a premium price.
4. It is the best way to ensure that your purchases have perfect provenance and will be stored correctly from its release until the day you drink it.
Our Fine Wine team has extensive experience of these wines and travels to each region annually to taste the wines before offering them. We are always happy to advise you on the wines that will best suit your buying plans and can create cellars for you on a discretionary or non-discretionary basis.
Please contact the team should you wish to hear more about purchasing en primeur.
Contact The Fine Wine Team
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7232 5440
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