Claire Villars, Margaux & Pauillac, a legacy of excellence

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One may smile when reminded that she was born Merlaut with a silver spoon in her mouth, but this is to misunderstand her idealism, her determination and a true long-term vision of quality. She inherited two classified Médoc growths in 1855, Châteaux Ferrière and Haut-Bages-Libéral, which were not in the best of shape and reputation, and took the time necessary to understand what can and must be done on a normal human scale, and not with millions of euros poured in a few months by investors from outside the world of agriculture. Her husband Gonzague Lurton is a few years ahead of her at Château Durfort-Vivens in the perilous conversion to biodynamics, but as soon as she feels that she has the means, and this also involves a renewal of her technical team, she does what is necessary. One will be surprised by the speed of the progress made, in particular on her remarkable vineyard of Pauillac, so close to that of Château Latour, with in the difficult 2018 vintage an exemplary reactivity which enables her to produce a harvest that is suitable in volume and remarkable in quality.
 
The bottle. Château Ferrière. Margaux. 2018.

More pure and complex than in the past, yet still a bit harsh in the middle of the mouth, but time will tame it. 16,5/20

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