The estate is located in the municipality of Cantenac Margaux
in the Médoc
(Haut-Médoc, Bordeaux). In 1661, the de Gassies family bought a large estate from the dealer Pierre des Mesures de Rausan (Rauzan). This resulted in the wineries Château Marquis-de-Terme
. Château Rauzan-Gassies
. Château Rauzan-Ségla
and the present Château Desmirail. One of his daughters brought part of the marriage to the lawyer Jean Desmirail as a dowry. This gave the estate its current name. After that there were often changing owners, including Robert de Mendelssohn, a nephew of the famous German composer Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (1809-1847). After the First World War, the dismembered vineyards were auctioned and the Château Desmirail brand disappeared from the market.
put the pieces of the puzzle together again with difficulty in 1970, acquired the château in 1981 and handed over the resurrected estate to his son Denis in 1992. In the Bordeaux Classification
in 1855 the estate received third place (Troisième Cru Classé). The total property covers 66 hectares, of which only 30 hectares are planted with vines. They are planted with the varieties Cabernet Sauvignon (80%), Merlot (15%) and Cabernet Franc (5%). The long-lived red wine is aged for 12 to 18 months in one-third new barriques. The second wine is called "Château Fontarney" (for the French market) or "Initial de Desmirail" (for export).