The château belonged to the Desmirail family until just before the 1855 classification, when it was purchased by Monsieur Sipière, the estate manager at Château Margaux. It was under his ownership that Desmirail was classified as a Troisième Grand Cru Classé (third growth).
Denis Lurton took over the management of Château Desmirail from his Father in 1992. Today Denis is modernising the wine making facilities and putting all of his energy into the development of this Grand Cru Classé.
This Margaux estate was officially founded in 1661 by Jean Desmirail, who obtained the Bordeaux vineyard as a dowry through marriage to one of the daughters from the Rauzan family. In the 1855 Bordeaux Classification, Desmirail was recognised as a Third Growths (Troisiemes Crus). Today, Chateau Desmirail is owned and managed by the well-known Lurton family, who own properties in almost every Bordeaux appellation. In 1997 Chateau Desmirail was modernised with the addition of stainless steel tanks. In 2010 new oak tanks were added.
'Initial de Desmirail' is the name used for the second wine of this Chateau when exported. When sold in France, the second wine is sold as 'Chateau Fontarney'.
A beautifully smooth, ripe claret, with a deep garnet colour, supple blackcurrant and plum flavours and an intense but soft, approachable texture.