Initial de Desmirail, Margaux

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Chateau Desmirail
Grape Varieties
Optimum Drinking
Within 10 years
Wine Style
Elegant silky complex red
Alcohol by Volume
Natural Cork
Style / Colour

An elegant and silky Margaux with a purity of black fruits complemented by subtle toasted notes and cedar.

Producer Note

Château Desmirail is a Third Growth property in the 1855 classification, situated in an outstanding terroir within the Margaux appellation. The elegant manor house dates back to the 18th century, when the name was given by Jean Desmirail upon marrying Demoiselle Rausan and receiving the château as part of her dowry. Today the property is owned by Denis Lurton who took over from his father Lucien, an iconic figure in Bordeaux wine, in 1992. The château which comprises 37 hectares of vineyard, is situated in the commune of Cantenac and is well placed on the Route des Châteaux. Initial is their second wine, produced in part from younger vines and made in the same elegant house style.


After a wet and challenging spring, the summer of 2012 experienced dry, warm weather with plenty of sunshine which enabled the vine’s growth cycle to progress. While yields were less than desired, the fruit was of good quality and reached phenolic ripeness which has produced an excellent quality wine.


The vineyard is located around the town of Cantenac, neighbouring Château Palmer and Chateau Cantenac Brown. Bordeaux enjoys a maritime climate, influenced by the sea, with warm summers and cool winters. The soils are made up of Margaux’s renowned free-draining gravel which contributes to the rich style of wine imbued with finesse and elegance. The vines are trained according to a Double Guyot trellising system and are green harvested in order to concentrate the flavours in the remaining fruit. The grapes are carefully selected and harvested by hand, when they have reached optimum maturity.


Château Desmirail strives to express excellent Margaux typicity. The grapes from each parcel were vinified separately. During fermentation, the frequency of pump-overs and maceration length was carefully tailored to each tank, in order to achieve the desired levels of extraction and structure. Blending took place at the end of the winter, followed by maturation in oak barriques for 12 months.

Tasting Note

A real purity of fruit is showcased in this elegant Margaux, with abundance of blackcurrant, black cherry and fruits of the forest, complemented by subtle hints of cedar, toast and cinnamon. Elegant with silky tannins, it is perfectly balanced through to a lingering finish.

Serving Suggestion

Ideal with roasted meats, stews or a cheeseboard.


Cabernet Sauvignon 56%, Merlot 44%


The technical information on this wine is correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of publication. This information may be subject to change according to vintage

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