Château Marquis d'Alesme Becker (aka Chateau Marquis d’ Alesme ) is a winery in the Margaux appellation of the Bordeaux wine region of France. The wine produced here was classified as one of fourteen Troisièmes Crus (Third Growths) in the historic Bordeaux Wine Official Classification of 1855.
Chateau Marquis d’Alesme can trace its roots all the way back to 1585. It has been changing hands. In 2006, Chateau Marquis d’Alesme Becker was sold by the Zuger family to the Perrodo family, who also owned another Margaux vineyard, Chateau Labegorce. The estate is currently managed by the daughter, Nathalie Perrodo. Chateau Marquis d’Aleseme underwent a massive renovation to the estate that was completed in time for the 2015 harvest. One other important change came about under the direction of Nathalie Perrodo. The estate now uses the shorter version of the wineries name, Chateau Marquis d’Alesme to make the wine easier to market.
Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking
The 15 hectare Left Bank vineyard of Chateau Marquis d’Alesme is divided into 3 unique terroirs and soils. The vineyard with silica and gravel soils situated close to the D2 road is planted to 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot, and 2% Cabernet Franc.
Another parcel located next to the chateau that consists of silica and gravel soil and some clay in the terroir that is planted to 100% Merlot.The third section of the vineyard is mostly young vines, which is the source for their second wine, Marquise d’Alesme. On average, the vines are kept at 40 years of age.
The wine of Chateau Marquis d’Alesme is aged in 60% new, French oak barrels for an average of 18 months. For the first three months of the aging process, the wine is aged on its fine lees.