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The winner of Fine´s 1947 vintage tasting in New Delhi.

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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 1947

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1947 was one of the hottest years of the century; it was one of a run of very hot years with 1945, 1946, and 1949. Was global-warming already with us ? (The picking began 16th September)

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Average Bottle Price

2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2005 2000
655€ -3.4% 678€ -19.6% 843€ -6.3% 900€ +14.1% 789€ +30.8% 603€ +29.4% 466€

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.

Latest Pro-tasting notes

24 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Medium and Ruby red

ending

Long, Lingering and Smooth

flavors

Cardamom, Licorice, Smoky, Raspberry, Cedar and Mineral

nose

Intense, Refined, Complex and Opulent

recommend

Yes

taste

Average in Acidity, Medium tannin, Balanced, Well-structured, Concentrated, Developing, Light, Elegant, Round, Harmonious, Dry and Silky tannins

Verdict

Transparent and Sophisticated

Written Notes

A magnum of 1947 Margaux was good, a bit earthy and yeasty, showing more old book and cobweb flavors than fresh fruit. It was a senior citizen, not the bottle but just the wine, and its tender, leathery personality was just holding on to its very good status

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A surprising 1947 with garnet red colour with brick red hue. The nose is great, very elegant, releasing an aroma reminiscent of roasted chestnuts, hints of coffee and mild spices. On the palate well structured with great depth, complex character and velvety tannins. With some time in the glass the wine starts to slightly dry out in the finish.

  • 97p

Very intense and refined nose of raspberry drops. Delicate and delicious on the palate, incredibly complex and captivating wine. Breathtaking stuff.

 

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Information

Origin

Margaux, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Outstanding

Value For Money

Very good

Investment potential

Below Average

Fake factory

Too Risky

Glass time

1h

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97p
 Markus Del Monego MW / Best Sommelier in the World 1998, MW (Germany)  tasted  Château Margaux 1947  ( Château Margaux )

A surprising 1947 with garnet red colour with brick red hue. The nose is great, very elegant, releasing an aroma reminiscent of roasted chestnuts, hints of coffee and mild spices. On the palate well structured with great depth, complex character and velvety tannins. With some time in the glass the wine starts to slightly dry out in the finish.

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96p
 Izak Litwar / The most important Scandinavian Bordeaux Critic, Pro (Denmark)  tasted  Château Margaux 1947  ( Château Margaux )

Very intense and refined nose of raspberry drops. Delicate and delicious on the palate, incredibly complex and captivating wine. Breathtaking stuff.

 

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 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Château Margaux 1947  ( Château Margaux )

A magnum of 1947 Margaux was good, a bit earthy and yeasty, showing more old book and cobweb flavors than fresh fruit. It was a senior citizen, not the bottle but just the wine, and its tender, leathery personality was just holding on to its very good status

1y 11d ago

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 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Château Margaux 1947  ( Château Margaux )

1950 was next, which Bipin later told me is one of the wines of the vintage for the Left Bank. The Margaux had a nice nose with lots of alcohol, chalk and gravel at first, developing nut, plum, earth and honey with time, more and more honey especially. The palate was excellent with a touch of sweetness to its plum and old book flavors. P. commented that it had 'a little volatility,' which might not have been the case if it had settled two to three days, which it hadn't. Its slate and mineral sides developed more, but the wine stayed pure and balanced out more and more on the palate. There was nice earth there in a satiny way, and a touch of prune emerged with a refill, which also brought a kiss of cream soda to my mouth. This was an excellent wine that drank deliciously, developing further aromas of cherry and white chocolate in the nose and creamy cherry on the palate

1y 11d ago

93p
 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Château Margaux 1947  ( Château Margaux )

"A trio of First Growths were next, beginning with a 1947 Margaux. The Margaux had a gorgeous nose with tender red fruits, citric pinches, meat, caramel and kisses of old book. Its core was still sweet cassis, and its palate was rich and spiny with loads of old book, citrus, dust and excellent length. It was pretty yet vigorous, yet also softened sooner in the glass than one might hope. Tom called it, ‘the best ’47 Margaux I have had,’ also observing ‘band-aid and coconut’"

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97p
 Juha Lihtonen, Sommelier (Finland)  tasted  Château Margaux 1947  ( Château Margaux )

"N: green pepper, T: mineral finish, elegant"

5y 4d ago

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