The original parcel of this property had been segmented into separate portions during the French Revolution. Noted author and visionary Alexis Lichine purchased the chateau in 1951 along with some surrounding vineyards in Margaux. His son Sacha carried on after his father's passing. It was then sold to the negociant Ballande group where it has undergone a modernization and replanting of the vineyards.
This opaque Margaux reveals delicate aromas of wild flowers and rose petals, yet it still remains a bit shy. The core is vibrant and deep, filled with red plum preserves and juicy Morello cherries that emerge from the glass and invite you inside. The tannins are finely-grained and polished. It is an intellectual and complex Margaux that reveals itself over time. It would be wise to hedge your bet on the wines from the Margaux appellation and those from this estate.