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This article is about the French commune. For the Appellation d'origine contrôlée, see Margaux AOC. For the château, see Château Margaux.
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Coat of arms of Margaux
Coat of arms
Margaux is located in France
Coordinates: 45°02′31″N 0°40′32″W / 45.0419°N 0.6756°W / 45.0419; -0.6756Coordinates: 45°02′31″N 0°40′32″W / 45.0419°N 0.6756°W / 45.0419; -0.6756
Country France
Region Aquitaine-Limousin-Poitou-Charentes
Department Gironde
Arrondissement Bordeaux
Canton Castelnau-de-Médoc
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Jacqueline Dottain
Area1 7.36 km2 (2.84 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 1,479
 • Density 200/km2 (520/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 33268 / 33460
Elevation 1–23 m (3.3–75.5 ft)
(avg. 16 m or 52 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Margaux is a commune in the Gironde department in Aquitaine in southwestern France.


The village lies in the Haut Médoc wine making region on the left bank of the Garonne estuary, northwest of the city of Bordeaux.


Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1962 1,411 —    
1968 1,466 +3.9%
1975 1,420 −3.1%
1982 1,360 −4.2%
1990 1,387 +2.0%
1999 1,338 −3.5%
2008 1,479 +10.5%


Margaux is the name of the wine appellation d'origine, Margaux AOC, that encompasses the village and the neighbouring villages of Arsac, Labarde, Soussans and Cantenac, and is the most southerly of Médoc's appellations. The commune makes almost entirely red wine.

The 1855 classification contained more wines from Margaux than from any other appellation, and its best-known vineyard, Château Margaux, was one of only four wines to be awarded the Premier Cru status.

Cultural references[edit]

Margaux was mentioned in the movie Thank You for Smoking (2006) by the main character Nick Naylor.

The well known singer-songwriter and oenologist Al Stewart released an album of songs involving wine in 2000 called Down in the Cellar, of which one track is entitled "Waiting for Margaux."

Gossip Girl Season 1 Episode 6 "The Handmaiden's Tale" - in the final scenes, Nate's mum speaks about opening a bottle of Margaux to celebrate winning a contract.

In the movie Withnail & I, the character Uncle Monty brings a bottle of '53 Margaux to the cottage in the country; "best of the century".

In the 2009 movie Sherlock Holmes, Holmes (Robert Downey_Jr) refers to a Margaux 1858 and expresses fascination that an astronomical event can affect the quality of the harvest, referring to the 1858 Margaux being a comet vintage. However he is cut off before continuing by Irene Adler (Rachel McAdams)

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