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Tasting notes: This château produces full-bodied, rounded wines that reveal fruity flavours and aromas of black fruit, mocha and liquorice. The wines are aged for 18 months before being bottled.
Robert Parker 92/100
'Love the nose with bright cherries and berries. Full body, with very velvety tannins and a dusty, fruity finish. Dried cherry aftertaste.'
Wine Spectator 91/100
'This has ample stuffing, with layers of plum, red currant and loganberry fruit mixed with notes of bay leaf, warm paving stone and taut red licorice. Charcoal-stained grip coats the finish. Best from 2014 through 2026.'
As is the case with many vineyards, Desmirail is named after one of its former owners. What is unusual about Desmirail is that the property does not bear the name of the original owner, Marguerite Rauzan du Ribail, but of her husband Jean-Baptiste Desmirail. Desmirail is also unusual in terms of its buildings that stand alongside the D2 (the famous Médoc châteaux route). In addition to an elegant 18th century charterhouse, visitors can admire a “Médocain” gravity-operated vat room (from the end of the 19th century), one of the few that has been very well preserved.
Their apply sustainable winegrowing principles. For decades their have banned all chemical weed control and insecticides. As a result of this commitment, the property has had High Environmental Value certification since the 2018 vintage. At Desmirail, their take care to preserve the future of the soil. It is therefore ploughed (although not by our horse, Iris) and the vines are treated depending on the weather conditions and the threats of disease. In this way, their adapt to the challenges presented by each vintage.
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