Margaux and Southern Medoc Region Attractions
As you exit the city of Bordeaux to the north it will take a while to reach the region of Margaux and the Southern Médoc. You must first pass through some suburbs until you reach the most southerly Médoc villages of Macau, Ludon, Le Pian-Médoc, Le Taillon, Parempuyre and Blanquefort.The population of Margaux is less than 1,400. Most of the châteaux are clustered around the center of the town. The Maison du Vin provides information about visiting the local châteaux.The islands in the Gironde protect the Margaux from cold northeast winds and offer a microclimate slightly milder than the rest of Médoc.An example of the gravel characteristic of the Médoc can be seen when passing Château Prieuré-Lichine, near the village of Cantenac.
A visit to the Château Margaux will no doubt leave an impression on the visitor. Even the avenue leading up to the large manor house has an air of splendor with its tall plane trees lining the way.In 1977 the Château was bought by the late André Mentzelopoulos. Today the Châteaux Margaux is run by Mentzelopoulos' wife and daughters.
Blanquefort (Headquarters of Barton & Guestier), France
Blanquefort is the headquarters for the American firm Barton & Guestier. In the village there is a agricultural and viticultural school, Château Dillon.Just to the south of the village (to the right of the D2 as you drive from Bordeaux) are the ruins of Château de Duras, built during the 13th and 14th centuries.