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Château Desmirail started as part of the very large Rauzan vineyard, which eventually split off as part of a dowry paid to Jean Desmirail (where it takes its name). This estate has been in the hands of several important Bordeaux families (like Château Malescot St Exupery’s and Château Palmer’s owners) all of which contributed to significant and positive changes.
Since 1980, was acquired by the Lurton family, who have been doing an outstanding job of turning it into a truly top-notch Châteaux. It has become a favorite among Margaux enthusiasts due to its incredible value.
The Lurton family is Bordeaux royalty, this family owns over 20 estates, including 6 classified growths like Brane-Cantenac, and Haut-Bages Libéral.
Château Desmirail covers over 50 acres of vineyards located in different areas of the appellation, with a terroir characterized by deep gravel terroir from the Quaternary period, each of these vineyards contributes a special characteristic to the production of this stunning 3rd growth. The vineyards are placed in Margaux-Cantenac (adjacent to Brane-Cantenac, Rauzan-Ségla, and Palmer) Soussan, Arsac (next to Château du Tertre), and some hectares in Haut-Medoc.
The vineyards are sustainable, and since 2018, they achieved the HEV3 certification. The Lurton family believes “The production of high-quality grapes begins with the soil.” The combination of Margaux’s soil and the expertise of Eric Boissenot is the perfect formula to create this work of art.
2009 was an epic year for Bordeaux, Wine Spectator, Robert Parker, and Vinous Media blessed this vintage with 97 points. Vinous said it's "Right up there with 1947, 1961, and 2005, 2009 is a year of almost exaggeratedly (for Bordeaux) flamboyant, opulent wines with elevated ripeness and low acidity. An exceptional vintage across the board."
Aging: 12 months in French oak barrels.
Tasting Notes: 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot.
See Critical Reviews for detailed tasting notes.
Black fruit, chocolate, cedar, walnut, graphite, and sweet spices on the nose. Medium body with fine, sleek tannins. Elegant and structured with a dark core of fruit on the center palate and a flavorful finish. Drink from 2025. ~93 James Suckling
Deep crimson. Profound, elegant nose intermixing red fruit and refined oak. Full, melted entry with a refined texture. The mid-palate is lively yet warm with a more pronounced oak presence. Slightly lean finish. ~93 Gilbert & Gaillard
Dark ruby garnet, deep color core, violet reflections, delicate lightening of the edges. Delicate nuances of precious wood, cloves, and dark cherries. Juicy on the palate, ripe plums, a bit wide-meshed, present tannins, medium length, already accessible, offers uncomplicated drinking pleasure. Already drinkable. ~91 Falstaff
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