Luc Thienpont explains that Villa des Quatre Soeurs comes from 'a 1.5 hectare plot near the village of Soussans. The vines are on average 70 years old, the wine is fermented in thermo regulated concrete tanks at more or less 28°C. Then the wine is aged for 18-20 months in oak barrels. The wine shows all the femininity and elegance typical of the Margaux appellation, with good balance and finesse'. Consultant oenologist Jacques Boissenot and Luc have created another sumptuous Villa des Quatre Soeurs, full of plum and stone notes. There is lots of intensity, sweet extract and a lovely, velvety tannic structure. 55% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot.
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.