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    2 756
  • Producer ranking ?

    40
  • Decanting time

    1h30min
  • When to drink

    now to 2025
  • Food Pairing

    Citrus Brined Pork Chops

The Story

Since the 17th Century, the first wine of Château Margaux has been recognised as being one of the greatest wines in the entire world. It owes its unique qualities to the genius of its terroir as well as to the passionate work of a succession of generations. It’s a remarkable wine that comes from a combination of characteristics that are only rarely found: finesse, elegance, complexity, density, intensity, length and freshness. Although its tannic concentration may be exceptional, it’s rare to detect astringency.  

The great vintages are distinguished by their formidable ability to move us. The lesser vintages give pleasure to wise enthusiasts. They offer the advantage of evolving very rapidly and, reveal, after a few years, instead of power, this subtlety that is the prerogative of great terroirs.  Château Margaux has an extraordinary ability to evolve. Over the years, it has developed a finesse, an aromatic complexity and a remarkable presence on the palate.

Château Margaux has sought to achieve excellence in its wines for over 400 years now through painstaking and necessarily long studies of its terroir, through a constant desire to learn and innovate, by remaining sensitive to demanding markets, and above all through a passionate commitment that has been shared by the families that have succeeded each other at the estate. At the end of the 17th century, it became part of the nascent elite “First Growths” – long before being established officially by the Classification of 1855. Since then, Château Margaux has known fame and fortune, seeing by experience how ephemeral both are.

 

 

 

 

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Vintage 1945

1945 is a legendary year ! In symbolic fashion, a great vintage came along to celebrate the end of the Second World War… Château Margaux 1945 is a very powerful, concentrated, mature wine, with a fine, complex bouquet, which is more elegant than the 1947 and 1949, which seem to have been more affected by the extreme heat of the summer. This wine possesses all the attributes of an outstandingly great vintage of its generation. The tannic freshness remains present on the palate and will very probably enable it to age even longer.

Weather
After an early bud-break, a terrible frost on 2nd May severely reduced the crop size. Then, from the beginning of the summer until the end of the harvest, the weather was extremely favourable. (The picking began 12th September)




 

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Average Bottle Price

2015 2014 2012 2011 2010 2005 2000 1995
1 670€ +17.5% 1 421€ -4.5% 1 488€ +7.3% 1 387€ +7.5% 1 290€ +147.6% 521€ +29.0% 404€ +4.1% 388€

This data comes from the FINE Auction Index, a composite of average prices for wines sold at commercial auctions in 20 countries. The average prices from each year have been collected since 1990. This chart plots the index value of the average price of the wines.

Tasting note

color

Full, Brick red and Healthy

ending

Medium, Gentle and Flavorful

nose

Refined and Closed

recommend

Yes

taste

Warming, High tannin, Balanced, Well-Integrated, Well-structured, Developing, Medium-bodied, Elegant, Round, Full and Silky tannins

Verdict

Excellent and Well-rounded

Written Notes

The 1945 Chateau Margaux had a mmm mmm great nose that was smoky, elegant and smooth. It had this ‘good cardboard’ to it, like a new Chanel box for women. Its palate was simpler and easy, a bit woodsy yet pleasantly full-bodied (93).
  • 93p

Not the best showing of this wine, the acidity was slightly imbalanced at times on the palate. Nevertheless, it retained elements of its underlying charm. The opening nose had spice and some pepper, ripe fruit, but otherwise it was a little aromatically inhibited. The palate continued to unfurl and evolve, though with concentrated 1945 power, some coffee notes emerging, then caramel. Past the mid palate its gentle tannins backstopped a flaring finish, with lovely spice coated fruit notes and finesse, lacking though enough depth and balance to complete the experience. 93 Points

  • 93p
It's always very special to try a wine from 1945. Again, a bit worried about the mid shoulder fill. Ruby, with brick rim, very mature, leather, apples, plums, takes about ten to fifteen minutes before the floral and violet notes arrive, figs, fine black tea, think the tea department at Fortnum & Mason in Piccadilly, some volatile high-notes in the back, not quite the 61 but a beauty. Minerals. Fresh acidity, elegant texture, ripe tannins, elegant body as well, not too intense on the palate, all about layers and elegance, not power and fruit, long finish.
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Information

Origin

Margaux, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Outstanding

Value For Money

Good

Investment potential

Very Good

Fake factory

Serious

Glass time

1h

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