The vineyards of Le Coteau in Margaux are planted on a unique soil with white gravel, which gives the wines great elegance. The estate has been in the same family for many generations, and was classified in 1932 under the first cru bourgeois classification. However, since 2009, the owner has renounced this classification because of his opposition to the new rules.
Claude Alliet is a master of wine-tasting and vinification, and this is reflected in the quality of his wines. He is a passionate believer in the importance of sustainability, and has taken steps to eliminate all chemical treatments from his domain.
At the same time, he has worked hard to preserve his vines and soils. After progressively removing herbicides and fertilisers, his soils have now completely recovered.
Philippe Alliet has been making wines at Château de la Coste for nearly a century, and his talents are reflected in the high-quality grapes that he is able to produce. The Chenin Blanc (known as Bretons in the region) and Cabernet Franc plots are tended with meticulous care, and the wines have become renowned for their intense fruitiness and density.
His son, Pierre Alliet, has joined him at the domaine since 2005 and is a key player in the family’s efforts to achieve quality. The son’s passion for fine wine, together with his skill in balancing the different aspects of the process, make him an asset to the domaine.
The wines of Château de la Coste are made from a range of grapes including Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, and are then aged in large used barrels from Bordeaux. The wines are medium-bodied, with rich black cherry and dried flower aromas, with excellent balance and ripe tannins.
This is an elegant, refined and deeply-scented red from Margaux with an enticing combination of dark fruit and spice flavors. The 2017 is a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon that spent 15 months in barrel and has been awarded 95 points from Robert Parker.
One of the most famous wines from France, and the world’s most expensive red, Chateau Margaux is produced by blending a variety of the 16 grape varietals that can grow in the region under French law. These are typically Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc, and a high-quality vintage can result in an elegant and profound wine that is capable of aging for decades.
For centuries, the wineries of Bordeaux have been mastering the art of blending and today they are able to produce a wide range of red wine styles from these sixteen grapes. The best are densely hued, fragrant and full of fruit with a structure that begs for cellaring.
The red wines of Margaux are a must for any lover of fine wine, and the best from this region can age for years to come. The wines are deep purple/ruby-hued and medium-bodied, with a good suppleness. They have impressive aromatics of ripe dark cherries, dried flowers and cedary spices.