You all know the story of Barraillots. It was the small personal estate of the barrel maker for Chateau Margaux in the 1920s and 1930s. He bought land then from Chateau Margaux neighbors Chateaus Palmer and Rauzan. Some of these parcels touch the Chateau Margaux vineyards.
Now, one of the most fun things to do in a vineyard is say “this row here makes a $30 wine, and this row right beside it makes a $1000 wine.”
Other distinguishing features of Barraillots are the very high average vine age (with the Petit Verdot from Palmer over 90 years), the very high vine density (10,000 per hectare, the highest even for the First Growths), and the serious, very artisanal winemaking.
The result is a Margaux with not only the pedigree – but also the quality, class and style – of a Second or Third Growth…but at a tenth the price!
This 2018 is an absolutely top-level Baraillots in this great vintage…and likely the purest, most perfect expression of Margaux yet.