Owner and winemaker Pierre Lurton likes to refer to Château Marjosse as his secret garden, and for good reason. Together with technical director Jean-Marc Domme (who lives and did his training in nearby Pomerol), he applies his “Grand Cru” principles to this less-known corner of Bordeaux. The parcels, first planted in the 1880s and replaced with American rootstock after the phylloxera era, are tended year-round by Jean-Marc’s team – from plowing to Guyot pruning to harvesting. The property’s 40 acres of vineyards are a mixed patchwork (all unique in their own way) containing young and old vines – merlot, cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, sémillion, sauvignon blanc, muscadelle…and even some rows of malbec from the 1940s!

Once harvested, grapes are sorted and gently pressed in pneumatic presses.