Chateau Desmirail is a winery in the Margaux appellation of the Bordeaux wine region of France. It was classified as one of fourteen Troisièmes Crus (Third Growths) in the historic Bordeaux Wine Official Classification of 1855.
Chateau Desmirail was founded in 1661 by Jean Desmirail. At the time, Chateau Desmirail was still a part of the massive array of Rauzan family-owned Bordeaux properties.
Today, Chateau Desmirail is owned and managed by the well-known Lurton family who owns a myriad of other vineyards that are located in almost every Left Bank appellation.
Vineyards, Terroir, and Winemaking
The 37-hectare vineyard of Chateau Desmirail is planted to 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, and 1% Petit Verdot. On average, the vines are more than 25 years of age. The vineyard is planted to a vine density ranging from 6,666 vines per hectare to 9,000 vines per hectare. The terroir consists of deep gravel, sand, and clay soils.
To produce the wine of Chateau Desmirail, fermentation takes place in a combination of large wood tanks and stainless-steel vats in one of three different vat rooms. The older vines are vinified in the large, oak vats. The remaining grapes are vinified in the stainless-steel tanks. Malolactic fermentation takes place in vat. The wine of Chateau Des