Margaux (Medoc, Left bank)
Château Paveil de Luze is one of the oldest estates in the Medoc. Located a few minutes from the Grand Cru road in the village of Soussans at the heart of the Margaux appellation. The De Luze family owns Chateau Paveil de Luze since 1862. The estate has been in the same family for some 7 generations, which is rare in Margaux regarding the financial pressure from banks and investment companies that are taking over most of the vineyards. By 1973, the estate had fallen into a state of disrepair as only 10 hectares of vines remained. Slowly but surely, the vineyard was replanted on the best terroirs.
The 32 hectare Margaux vineyard of Chateau Paveil de Luze consists of one single block of vines East/West facing. Since 3 centuries the estate is laying on deep gravel soils ensuring natural drainage allowing the wines to show finesse. The vineyard is planted to 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc with a vine density of 7,000 vines per hectare.
In 2004, the estate was taken over by the next generation of the family with Frédéric De Luze. The following year, in 2005, they began a complete renovation of Chateau Paveil de Luze in the vineyard, cellar and the chateau. Soon after to better express a sense of place in the wines they team up with French organic and biodynamic consultant Stephane Derenoncourt for both the vineyard and winemaking. Indeed, the de Luze are one of the rare Bordeaux producers that have early on embraced innovation and open-mindedness. The vineyard is farmed using sustainable practices to respect the environment, the people and express even further the terroir. No herbicide, the grass is removed manually under the vines and the rows are ploughed. They also have a strict policy to avoid water and energy waste.
Finally regarding ranking with 1855 and so on, they are proud not to be part of the Medoc and Graves royalty. Paveil de Luze is only a humble Cru Bourgeois. 1855 classification was made by Bordeaux wine broker based on the price value of each estate brands and friendship at the time. Cru Bourgeois is not a fixed ranking; every vintage has to go through a quality process to be accredited. The Crus Bourgeois du Médoc Official Selection is published every year in September since 2010. Wine producers like de Luze better have to work hard is they want to stay amongst the best as every year is a new challenge. Fun facts regarding 1855, if Lafitte as a 1st Growth buys vineyards from its neighbours that is let’s say 5th Growth, Lafitte newly purchased vines become 1st Growth only by ownership even if the terroir they acquired is inferior. At Mosaique wines we don’t agree with that and its why we choose to share with you Cru Bourgeois wines, we believe artisan wine like Paveil de Luze capture a sense of place and remain affordable compared to the big Medoc brands.
A true Margaux reflecting the unique characteristic of this Medoc sub-region. Delicate, subtle and feminine with ripe berry fruits. This full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot blend is digest and elegant benefiting of an incredible balance and great oak integration.
Red grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc
Chateau Paveil de Luze