Merlot and Cabernet vines produce about 190 tonneaux on clay hillsides and rocky plateaux. Only 80 of these will be separated, blended, matured in oak barrels, and bottled with the name Château Maison Blanche.
The property’s second wine is marketed under the name Les Piliers de Maison-Blanche. Since the 1985 vintage, a limited edition wine has been produced using the techniques of the Premiers Grands Crus. This wine is marketed under the brand name of Louis Rapin.
Margaux (A.O.C.) Bordeaux Wine
As is the case with most of the vineyards around the city of Bordeaux, vines were planted in the Margaux region in Gallo- Roman times. If a text referred to Château Margaux at the beginning of the eighteenth century, it was not until the end of that century that the owners became aware of the value of their lands and the wine’s aging potential. It is interesting to note that it was not until a century after the 1855 classification that the communes won their long battle to have a precisely defined Margaux AOC.
The Margaux vineyard rests mainly on a layers of soil deposited by a river during the Quaternary era. These form a vast plateau, about six kilometers long and two kilometers wide, surrounded by gravelly outcrops. Mixed with medium-sized shingle, this is one of the best examples of Günz gravel in the Haut-Médoc. Beneath it lies an underlayer of limestone or clayey marl from the Tertiary era. Well protected from ocean winds by the forest, this terroir benefits from cool breezes from the Gironde which temper the climate.
All the conditions for great Bordeaux wine are present: poor soils combined with permeable gravel, and gently sloping out-crops.
Between them, the five communes of the Margaux AOC have twenty-one growths classified in 1855, including one First Growth, Châteaux Margaux. Also worth a special mention is Château Palmer, which has benefited from the investments of the Pereire brothers. A few Crus Bourgeois are also worthy representatives of the AOC, notably Châteaux Deyrem Valentin, d’Angludet, and Monbrison.
Margaux AOC wines have a lovely ruby color, a great deal of finesse, and a characteristic nose. They are generous with-out being overwhelming. When the vinification has been successful, many connoisseurs consider Margaux to be one of the best wines in the world. Whatever its origin and classification—Classé, Bourgeois, Arti¬san, or other—Margaux wine offers an exceptional and infinite palette of fruity tastes. Its character is elegant, subtle, and full. Margaux is often considered to be the most feminine Bordeaux wine of the Médoc because of its delicacy, suppleness, and fruity aromas—perhaps this is why it keeps all these qualities for so long.