Château Desmirail

A unique history


Denis Lurton has been at the head of this third growth (Grand Cru Classé in 1855) for thirty years and has brought it into the XXIst century by investing both in the working facilities and by adapting the vineyard to his vision of the wine he wishes to produce.
Today, everything contributes to making Château DESMIRAIL a wine of its time; that is to say, it can be appreciated both in its youth (when the fruit predominates) and when it has gained complexity after a few years of ageing.

A modern wine with a rich history

Since his arrival in 1992, Denis Lurton has chosen to make a wine that is both modern. that can be enjoyed in its youth, and yet retains the elegance and capacity for ageing that are characteristic of Margaux’s wines.
He has prolonged the destiny of this property, named after an old French family that had links to wine production in the Médoc as far back as 1741. This was the date that Jean-Baptiste Desmirail, a lawyer in Bordeaux's parliament, gave his name to the property when he received it from his wife, Marguerite Rauzan du Ribail, as part of her dowry.

The birth of a classified growth

The château belonged to the Desmirail family until just before the 1855 classification, when it was purchased by Monsieur Sipière, the steward of Château Margaux. It was under his ownership that Desmirail obtained the rank of Troisième Grand Cru Classé (third growth).
The marriage of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, in almost equal proportions, accompanied by 5 to 10% Petit Verdot and soon Cabernet Franc enables, with the contribution of global warming, the production of a modern wine that can adapt to consumer choices.

Lucien and Marie-Jeanne Lurton

At the beginning of XXth century the property was briefly owned by Robert de Mendelssohn (the nephew of the famous composer) before being acquired by Martial Michel, a glove maker from the north of France. He then sold the château shortly before the outbreak of the Second World War. The Château Palmer company owned the property for several years before selling it in 1980 to Lucien Lurton, an iconic figure in the Bordeaux wine world.
Lucien Lurton was exceptional in his generation in that he developed (in a difficult economic environment) a remarkable wine heritage from his inheritance in 1954 of Château Brane-Cantenac, a Margaux second growth. In 1992, he passed on ten properties, including six classified growths, to his ten children from his marriage to Marie-Jeanne born Duvoisin.

An ongoing project

In 1992, Lucien Lurton passed on his properties to his ten children. Denis, one of the older children, a lawyer by profession, took over the management of Château Desmirail. Today he is taking his father's work even further, modernizing the wine making facilities and putting all of his energy into the development of this Grand Cru Classé.
Denis and his wife Laurence, a gallery owner in Bordeaux, are planning to combine their tastes in an upcoming project that brings art and wine together.
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Château Desmirail
28, Avenue de la Vème République
33460 Margaux-Cantenac
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