Visite dégustation dans un château

Medoc is a name that makes every wine connoisseur’s heart beat faster. Its terroir is one of the most prestigious in the world. And at the heart of it, Château Margaux is the standout star that inspires respect.

Just the name Margaux makes heads turn and wallets weep. With bottles worth thousands – or even tens of thousands – of dollars, the château inspires jealousy and curiosity everywhere. Unfortunately, only wine professionals can enjoy a tour of the famous winery. And not everyone has an enology degree laying around…

But the name Margaux doesn’t belong exclusively to the infamous estate. Indeed, it is originally the name of the village nearby (which is lovely to visit). It is also the name of a wine appellation that applies to a very specific territory. This means that there are a few other wines that can have the name “Margaux” on their label. And lucky for us, many of them now offer tours of their estates. They often include visits of their wine cellar, explanations about the process of wine-making, and a tasting at the end. Wine-tourism has been booming in the last few years and estates are becoming more and more creative in order to offer innovative tours. It has become very difficult to choose a visit among the many choices.

Which château to visit in Margaux

Lucky for you, we are here to give you our top 5 of the best tasting-visits among them. We chose 4 châteaux of the Margaux appellation and one of the Haut-Médoc appellation. Our picks stand out for their quality, their hospitality, and their originality. We tried to find options that can fit in every budget as well.

Who knows, you might come back with a few bottles of the château you chose!

So, which château to visit in Margaux?

Which château to visit in Margaux

1) Château Desmirail: The Passionate

Desmirail estate exists since the end of the 17th century. It obtained the rank of 3rd Great Growth in the prestigious1855 wine classification of Bordeaux. Unfortunately, the domain stopped producing wine during the 20th century. The château only came back to its true purpose in 1980 when Lucien Lutron bought it back. It now produces wines of quality that showcase well the characteristics of the region.

All the vinification equipment has been updated regularly and during the visits, you can see how the technical process has changed over the last few decades.

winery

Desmirail is also one of the only domain of the Margaux appellation to produce a rosé as one of its wine. It is one of the wines proposed during the tasting visits and many people buy a bottle at the end.

The tours take you to the vineyards and explain the wine-making process in detail. The enthusiasm and the passion of the staff are felt throughout the domain and the visits. They are enjoyable by neophytes and wine lovers alike and the price is attractive. The château also offers wine-tastings matched with cheeses to discover the mix of two typically french products.

Château Desmirail’s website

Reservation only

Time: 1h

Price: 10€ per person

 

2) Château Siran: The Familial

The familial estate Siran exists since the end of the 17th century. It is one of the rare châteaux of the area to have belonged to the same family for over 150 years. Nowadays, it is the 7th generation of the Miailhe family who runs the estate. Their ancestral passion for wine can be felt in the whole vineyard.

The staff is always very welcoming and the visits are lively. The visits give you access to the collection cellar which is like a small wine history museum. Amphorae, corks and other wine-related objects are exposed and tell the story of our relationship with wine since 300 BC. These treasures have been gathered by the Miailhe family for years are the collection is worth a visit.

3 wines are tasted during the visit and the château also offers a more in-depth workshop to explore matching with cheeses.

In the summer, the domain also has a terrace with a nice view of the vineyard that is open every day.

Château Siran’s website

Reservations only

Time: 1h

Price: 10€ per person

 

3) Château Chasse-Spleen: The Artsy

Modernity and tradition meet at Château Chasse-Spleen where the proprietors are engaged on a path for culture and ecology. The domain practices sustainable agriculture and the château houses a cultural center. Many contemporary art pieces are exposed in the parc or are incorporated into the buildings. Indeed, contemporary art and especially 3D sculptures and installations are at the center of this initiative. In particular, the optical illusion painted in one of the wine cellars is very striking.

When visiting Chasse-Spleen you are seeing an art museum as well as a winery.

You can also find a wine bar in the domain that serves boards of local produce.

Château Chasse-Spleen’s website

Reservation is not obligatory but the visits are at set hours (10 am – 11 am – 2 pm – 3 pm – 4:30 pm)

Time: 45min

Price: 10€ per person

 

4) Château Kirwan: The Thematic

Recognized as a 3rd Great Growth in the 1855 classification, Kirwan benefits from the aura this rank still has today. The château has a beautiful front, a greenhouse, and modernized wine cellars. The two traditional cellars are now linked by a beautiful central wing with a unique design: a beautiful tree of life.

As wine-tourism is becoming more competitive, Kirwan is betting on offering multiple thematical visits and workshops. They offer tours and courses centered mainly on the culinary arts and perfumery. Their workshops are taught by experts and their visits allow you to discover different fields that are often compared to the one of wine.

The estate also now offers for groups a visit guided by a multimedia tablet. If you like the freedom to wander around the vineyard, this one is for you!

Château Kirwan’s website

Reservation required

Time: 1h

Price: between 15 and 25€ per person

5) Château Lamothe-Bergeron: The Innovator

Front of the Château Lamothe-Bergeron seen from the parc

 

Lamothe-Bergeron is the only estate on our list to not be of the Margaux appellation. Indeed, it is located just outside of the perimeter of the label. However, it benefits from the Haut-Médoc appellation and it is at the edge of innovation in wine tourism. The domain even received the Best in Wine Tourism award in 2016.

Completely restored in 2015, the creation of a tour for visitors was a priority during renovations and you can feel it. Light effects were installed and they are quite impressive. They emphasize the different phases of the wine-making process. Very well produced short films are also shown at different points of the visit. They narrate the story of the domain and make for a lively visit.

Visits end on the tasting of 2 excellent wines and the château also offers premium tastings (up to 5 wines) as well as unique experiences like the matching of wine and macarons, outdoor tastings or the possibility to order a picnic in the parc of the estate.

Château Lamothe-Bergeron’s website

Reservation recommended

Time: 1h

Price: between 8 and 25€ per person

Which château to visit in Margaux

Which château to visit in Margaux

Here is our selection of wine-tastings-visits around Margaux. We hope we answered your question of “which château to visit in Margaux?”. Now it’s up to you to decide which one you would most like to visit! See you soon for more tips on your discovery of Bordeaux.