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Château La Gurgue

In praise of the beauty of Margaux Margaux Appellation
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THE BEAUTY OF THE TERROIRS OF MARGAUX

At the XVIIIth century, Château La Gurgue first belonged to the parish of Margaux, which owned, cultivated and vinified the most beautiful plots of land in the Margaux region. The estate of Château La Gurgue, which is very representative of the beauty of the terroir of Margaux was then sold during the French Revolution. Then followed a struggle between mayors for the municipality of Margaux, with two mayors becoming the successive proprietors of Château La Gurgue, Mister Lanoire and Mister Lavandier.

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"THE MARGAUX STYLE"

IN 1978, JACQUES MERLAUT BOUGHT CHÂTEAU LA GURGUE AND ENTRUSTED IT TO HIS ONLY DAUGHTER, BERNADETTE.

She took over a property that had almost been abandoned, renovated the installations, replanted the vineyard and brought this great wine back to life, vintage after vintage. Ten years later, it was consecration: 50 great tasters gathered by "L'Essai sur le style de Margaux" selected it as one of the ten most typical wines of Margaux, alongside eight Grands Crus Classés of the appellation. After Bernadette's death, Claire took over from her mother, further refining the style of La Gurgue wine: seductive, true and sincere.

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A HIGHLY COVETED ESTATE, VINIFIED BY A GRAND CRU CLASSÉ

The history of the La Gurgue vineyard is above all a history of independence. The plots of land surrounding it are those of the greatest growths of the Margaux appellation. Château Margaux itself coveted the vines of Château La Gurgue for a long time.

This extremely high-quality vineyard is therefore following its own destiny by resisting the desire of its prestigious neighbours to expand.

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CHATEAU LA GURGUE
SEDUCTIVE, TRUE, DELICIOUS

THE VINEYARD

10 hectares, Margaux appellation

THE SOIL

Deep gravels on limestone marl

GRAPE VARIETIES

  • 50% cabernet sauvignon
  • 45% merlot
  • 5% petit verdot

CULTURAL PRACTICES

Organic and biodynamic (Demeter and Biodyvin) certified

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CHÂTEAU LA GURGUE 2022

The blend : 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 17% Petit verdot

THE AGEING

12 months ageing: 15% in new oak barrels, 35% in barrels of one wine, 35% in ovoid concrete tanks, 15% in amphorae.

TASTING COMMENT

A greedy vintage with a juicy fruit. Round and well-integrated tannins. A beautiful tension on the palate.

CRITICS REVIEWS

James Suckling, 93-94/100
Simon Field, The World of Fine wine, 92-93/100
Colin Hay, The Drinks Business, 91-93/100

SERVING TIPS

To be enjoyed from 2024. 16 to 18°C serving temperature.

Certifications

  • Lurton
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CHÂTEAU LA GURGUE 2021

The blend : 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 19% Petit verdot

THE AGEING

12 months ageing: 60% in barrels and 40% in ovoid tanks

TASTING COMMENT

Château La Gurgue 2021 reveals a great drinkability with a nice intensity of the fruit and round tannins that will allow wine lovers to enjoy it over the decade.

CRITICS REVIEWS

Bernard Burtschy, Les Echos, 93-94/100
Peter Winding, Vinbladet, 91-93/100
James Suckling, 91-92/100

SERVING TIPS

To be enjoyed from 2024. 16 to 18°C serving temperature.

Certifications

  • Lurton
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CHÂTEAU LA GURGUE 2021

The blend : 45% Cabernet-Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 23% Petit-Verdot

THE AGEING

12 months ageing: 60% in barrels and 40% in ovoid tanks

TASTING COMMENT

La Gurgue 2020 is a delicious and voluptuous wine. Rich in red fruits, floral and spicy notes. The tannins are well blended.

CRITICS REVIEWS

James Suckling, 93-94/100
Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast, 93/100
Alexandre Ma, 92-93/100

SERVING TIPS

To be enjoyed from now. 16 to 18°C serving temperature

Certifications

  • Lurton
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CHÂTEAU LA GURGUE 2020

The blend : 54% Cabernet-Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 6% Petit-Verdot

THE AGEING

12 months ageing: 60% in barrels and 40% in ovoid tanks

TASTING COMMENT

The vintage is characterised by the elegance of the tannins, thanks to an exceptional late season where hot days alternated with cool nights. Château La Gurgue is marked by an exuberant nose of black fruits, the wine is ample with a beautiful finish and a lot of freshness.

CRITICS REVIEWS

James Suckling, 93-94/100
Wine enthusiast, 92-94/100
Terre de vins, 93/100

SERVING TIPS

To be enjoyed from now. 16 to 18°C serving temperature.

Certifications

  • Lurton
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CHÂTEAU LA GURGUE 2019

The blend : 57% Cabernet-Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 8% Petit-Verdot

THE AGEING

12 months ageing: 60% in barrels and 40% in ovoid tanks

TASTING COMMENT

Ruby robe with purple reflections, beautiful colour intensity with nice intense red reflections. On the first nose, we have aromas of fresh fruit which continue on notes of black cherries. Supple attack in the mouth with a nice tannic structure, nice freshness that persists in the middle of the mouth. On the finish, aromas of black fruits that blend delicately with a melted woody note.

CRITICS REVIEWS

James Suckling, 94/100 | Vinous, 93/100 | Bernard Burtschy, 92/100

SERVING TIPS

To be enjoyed from now. 16 to 18°C serving temperature.

Certifications

  • Lurton
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  • Lurton in conversion
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CHÂTEAU LA GURGUE 2018

The blend : 46% Cabernet-Sauvignon, 50% Merlot, 4% Petit-Verdot

THE AGEING

12 months ageing: 60% in barrels and 40% in ovoid tanks

TASTING COMMENT

Blackcurrant and black cherry on the nose. It is fine and elegant. A touch of liquorice and cardamom completes it. In the mouth, the tannins are ripe and very elegant. With aromas of black fruits and spices. The freshness is well integrated and gives a nice harmony to the wine. The tannins are velvety and enveloping.

CRITICS REVIEWS

James Suckling, 92/100 | Vinous, 92/100 | Wine Spectator, 91/100

SERVING TIPS

To be enjoyed from now. 16 to 18°C serving temperature.

Certifications

  • Lurton
  • Lurton in conversion
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CHÂTEAU LA GURGUE 2017

The blend : 52% Cabernet-Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, 3% Petit-Verdot

THE AGEING

12 months ageing: 60% in barrels and 40% in ovoid tanks

TASTING COMMENT

A very pleasant and balanced vintage. The nose has a nice aromatic energy. Tobacco, liquorice, black fruits, and spices. The palate is fleshy and dense. The vintage has a lot of character. A wine with a nice tannic structure and finesse.

CRITICS REVIEWS

James Suckling, 93-94 | Jancis Robinson, 16,5/20

SERVING TIPS

To be enjoyed from now. 16 to 18°C serving temperature.

Certifications

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"La Gurgue is one of the little jewels of Margaux. "

Vinous

"Flamboyant and generous, this Margaux is sure to find many admirers."

Antonio Galloni

"Claire Villars-Lurton and her team do an excellent job. An absolute success among unclassified Margaux"

Rolf Bischel, Vinum

"A beautiful Margaux with good Cabernet-Sauvignon support, really well made in the feminine-floral style"

Decanter

THE TEAM

Family transmission is an integral part of the history of Château La Gurgue. This philosophy is reflected in the constitution of the team led by Gérard Fenouillet, technical director, who has had the confidence of the Merlaut family since 1984.

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CLAIRE VILLARS-LURTON

Owner
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GÉRARD FENOUILLET

Technical Director
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ALEXANDRE BEAUMONT

Cellar Master and Biodynamic Expert
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JÉRÔME MÉTREAU

Vineyard Manager
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NICOLAS MARKOVITCH

Cellar staff
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SÉBASTIEN GOUDEMONT, JÉRÔME OLEK- SIEJ

Cellar staff
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MARIE KERGUELEN

Tractor Driver
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DAVID HILL

Tractor Driver and Wine grower
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RENATA SMOLINSKA

Wine grower
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ABDELAZIZ CHAKIR

Wine grower
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NADIA ZINE

Tractor Driver and Wine grower
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ERIC LEBOUGRE

Wine grower
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OLIVIA DUPUY

Wine grower
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JÉRÉMY FARTIAUX

Wine grower
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