The winery is located in the commune of Margaux in the area of the same name in the Médoc (Haut-Médoc, Bordeaux). Its origins go back to an estate called "La Mothe de Margaux" owned by the Albret family in the 12th century. After several changes of ownership, the Lestonnac family gave the estate its current size with 260 hectares of land with gardens and magnificent avenues of plane trees. In 1802 it was acquired by Bertrand Douat Marquis de La Colonilla (1742-1816), who had the old Gothic manor house demolished and the Château built. In 1977, the estate was bought from the previous owner Pierre Ginestet by the naturalised Greek André Mentzelopoulos for 72 million francs (9.15 million euros). The new owner invested at least the same amount again in a new underground cellar, as well as vineyards, gardens, buildings and facilities.