Luc explains that his 1.2 hectare plot used for Clos des Quatre Vents occupies the 'best spot at the top of the croupe of Margaux'. The vines are some 80 years old and 'are planted in a deep gravel soil on plots that are ideally exposed to the four winds. This wonderful situation ensures the grapes freshness and purity'. Again, vinification is completed in thermo regulated cement tanks before the wine is aged in 100% new oak barrels. Wonderful perfume, fragrant and floral with notes of crème de cassis and crushed rocks. There is an ample fruit core and the finish is pure blackcurrant over brushed velvet tannins. This again is one of the stars of the Margaux commune, outshining most of the established names. Kudos to Jacques Boissenot and Luc for another great success.
In 1999 Luc Thienpont bought an exceptional 2 ha plot situated next to Deyrem Valentin in Margaux. A large percentage of the vineyards are planted with 80 year old ungrafted Cabernet Sauvignon vines producing a vastly concentrated wine that Luc ages in 100% Seguin Moreau oak. Only half of his purchase is considered by Luc to be good enough for the ‘Grand Vin’. Complex and silky, the wines show remarkable balance, length and charm.
The wines tend to show more perfume and roundness than neighbour St-Julien, Pauillac, and St-Estèphe, whilst retaining a certain structure and concentration. Margaux is the most southerly and most extensive of the famous Médoc communes, a patchwork of vineyards with lesser parcels classed purely as Haut-Médoc. A myriad of soil mixtures can be found, clay, limestone, and gravel. Though quality is not always consistent here, the potential is great as more Margaux properties were included in the 1855 classification of the Médoc and Graves than any other appellation.
The two leading lights are the highly sought after Châteaux Margaux and Palmer, though there are several other solid performers including Brane-Cantenac, Rauzan-Ségla, Durfort-Vivens, Lascombes, Giscours, Ferrières, Malescot St Exupery and Luc Thienpont’s new boutique vineyard, Clos des Quatre Vents.