Brilliance Between Margaux and Haut-Médoc Legends
It’s all about location for Château Mille Roses. Although technically in Haut-Médoc, the certified organic 23.4-acre property rests between the historic Margaux estate Château Giscours and Haut-Médoc legend Château Cantemerle. Its 2014 Château Mille Roses Haut-Médoc Bordeaux proves they’re taking full advantage of their estate’s Cantemerle-esque sandy gravel soil. Our judging panel, led by Matt Deller MW and Sur Lucero MS, loved the wine for its overall balance, purity, and textbook Left Bank palate presence, but just don’t take our word: The label just pulled down 95 points at the 2017 Decanter World Wine Awards, earning distinction for its “intense black fruit nose” and “finely grained tannins.”
The château’s renaissance began in 1999, when David Faure inherited the 18th-century Haut-Médoc property from his late parents. When he decided to plant a vineyard on its lone acre, he re-christened the estate Mille Roses — French for “thousand roses” — to honor his mother’s love for the fragrant flower.
The property’s acreage steadily blossomed under the care of David and his wife Sophie. Today, the duo oversees around 13.5 acres of Haut-Médoc vines, with an additional 10 acres planted right down the road in Margaux. They keep production small — 1,950 cases a year — most of which are consumed in Europe. Bottles like the 2014 Château Mille Roses Haut-Médoc Bordeaux reflect David’s unflinching desire to create an authentic interpretation of the terroir’s voice.