FACT SHEET Spread over three communes in the Margaux appellation (Soussans, Arsac, Cantenac), the blocks that make up the winery are Pyrenean gravel with different levels of clay depending on each zone. The varieties and rootstocks are adapted to each block and soil type. In 2012 the introduction of Petit Verdot provided more diversity in grape varieties.
Total surface of vines: 29,5 ha
Grape varieties: 43% Cabernet-sauvignon, 55% Merlot, 2% Cabernet-Franc, and 1% Petit Verdot.
Production: - 60 à 110 000 bottles of first label wine depending on the vintage - 20 à 40 000 bottles of second label wine(Page de La Tour de Bessan)
Soils: deep quaternary gravel
Vine Density: 6.666 to 7.692 vines/ha
Average age of vines: 24 years
Rootstocks: 101-14, 3309, Riparia Gloire
Average yield: 48 hl/ha
Maturation: French oak barrels for the first label (10 to 14 months depending on the vintages), in tanks for the second label.
Bottled at the Château
Eco friendly vineyard practices: Certified "Terra Vitis" since 2003
Desmirail was classified a 3rd Grand Cru Classé as part of the 1855 classification. The wine is the result of a parcel of exceptional terroir within the Margaux appellation, which it represents perfectly with its delicate balance.
Vinification is carried out using modern techniques and equipment, but with an overarching respect for tradition. This results in a wine that can be enjoyed in its youth, but which also has a tremendous capacity to improve with age.
Strict grape selection and carefully adapted maturation methods are both key to making Château Desmirail into the Grand Vin it is.
The notion of terroir binds geology and climate together. The largest concentration of Grand Cru Wines is in the Medoc, an area which benefits from a microclimate that is particularly favourable for the expression of the vine. The soil, by nature, limits water retentivity and the summer period, very hot and dry from July to September, is determinant for good ripening, a good maturity and the satisfactory transfer between the root system and the grape. East and West winds dry the grapes to keep them from perishing. Every year the heavens play a decisive role in wine making. Their influence on the success of the wine is different each year; no terroir, man or technique can alter the part they play.
A FAMILY-RUN BUSINESS One of todays leading companies in the Bordeaux wine sector, Lucien Lurton & Fils was set up by Lucien Lurton and his children in 1993. The business took the name La Passion des Terroirs in 1999 to mirror its strong attachment to terroir and the passion of a whole family for vines and wine throughout its history and to become a fullyfledged Bordeaux wine merchant.
The company is now among the top 10 négociant houses in the Bordeaux market, distributing wines from all the appellations of the Bordeaux region.
LOGISTICALLY IN THE HEART OF THE VINEYARD
Located at Arsac, at the gateways of the Margaux appellation, La Passion des Terroirs' logistics facility offers the great flexibility and reactivity necessary to meet our clients' needs. Purpose-built for the storage and packaging of our wines and the preparation of shipments, this 10,000 m² facility enables the storage of around 6 million bottles in optimal conditions.