Grape(s): 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc
Localization: Margaux, Bordeaux, France
Tasting Notes: Intense deep purple robe. Seductive and intense nose of cassis, raspberries, spices, vanilla and unctuous grilled and toasty aromas. Well-structured wine that is at the same time rich and lush in the mouth with smooth tannins and a very long finish.
95 points Wine Enthusiast: This estate is now producing some well-balanced wines that offer a fine point between richness and style. This vintage brings juicy black currant flavors alongside a crisp, lifted finish.
The Domain: Château Mongravey is located in Arsac in the famous Margaux appellation, about 22 kilometers northwest of Bordeaux. Created in 1980 by Régis Bernaleau by combining several prime parcels in Margaux, the estate produces an exceptional wine due to its unique location between Château Giscours (3ème Grand Cru Classé) and Château du Tertre (5ème Grand Cru Classé). The charismatic Karin Bernaleau joined the estate in 1999 and directs marketing and distribution for Mongravey. Her son, Jérôme, has now joined the family five years ago and is involved in the viticulture and vinification.
It became a “Cru Bourgeois” in the 2003 Classification and was upgraded to “Cru Bourgeois Supérieur” in the 2020 Classification. Mongravey is one of the best Margaux wines available today, surpassing many of the prestigious Classified Growths in quality and over-delivering for the price.
The vineyard is 36 acres in size planted mostly on grave soil with low yields. After harvesting from mid-September to mid-October, the wine is vinified in separate vats and undergoes cold maceration for 5 days to maximize color and soften the tannins. The alcoholic fermentation lasts for 10 days and 50% of the wine undergoes malolactic fermentation in barrels. Finally, the wine aged 12-14 months in 60% new French oak before being bottled.