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  • Decanting time

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  • When to drink

    now to 2035
  • Food Pairing

    Duck Bolognese

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 1959

Even before the beginning of the harvest, this vintage was acclaimed as "vintage of the century". It is true that in every part of France the summer had been exceptionally hot and dry in fact, not only Bordeaux but also Burgundy and Champagne had great success. The heat-wave during the harvest made the vinification difficult, and sometimes perilous, since few cellars at that time had equipment to cool the fermenting musts. It has sometimes been said that 1959 was the last great vintage of a bygone age; 1961 being the first one in the modern era. Château Margaux 1959 is really a great wine, with a powerful, complex, very fine and elegant bouquet but a little less profound and rich than the 1961. On the palate, it is very concentrated, powerful, but rather less long and less smooth than the 1961.

Weather
An exceptionally good summer brought the grapes to remarkable ripeness. It rained a little before the harvest, then the fine weather returned and got even hotter than before. (The picking began 24th September)

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Average Bottle Price

2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2005 2000
693€ -12.4% 791€ +1.8% 777€ -19.3% 963€ +1.3% 951€ +60.4% 593€ +18.6% 500€

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

26 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Full

ending

Long

nose

Youthful, Complex and Generous

recommend

Yes

taste

Complex, Well-structured, Multi-dimensional, Full, Harmonious and Vivid

Written Notes

I liked the 1959 Margaux more at first, as this wine was all about the iron fist/velvet glove thing. Darker and blacker, the Margaux had nice grape and flesh to its nutty palate. There was good grit to its finish, although it felt like it was missing a piece or two in the middle. Joe Tech found it ‘classic Margaux,’ and it sure was (93).

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"Tobacco and leather nose. Flag ours of milk chocolate, good sweetness, silky tannins, smoke, earth. Great."
  • 96p

Information

Origin

Margaux, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Outstanding

Value For Money

Good

Investment potential

Average

Fake factory

Be Cautious

Glass time

1h

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 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Château Margaux 1959  ( Château Margaux )

I liked the 1959 Margaux more at first, as this wine was all about the iron fist/velvet glove thing. Darker and blacker, the Margaux had nice grape and flesh to its nutty palate. There was good grit to its finish, although it felt like it was missing a piece or two in the middle. Joe Tech found it ‘classic Margaux,’ and it sure was (93).

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 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Château Margaux 1959  ( Château Margaux )

It had a gorgeous nose with its dust, cassis, meat, sandalwood, spice and tobacco aromas. This has always been a bit of a sleeper for the vintage, and this was the third or fourth time I have had a good experience with it. The palate was smooth, soft and supple, but I did not have much more to say about it than that (

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 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Château Margaux 1959  ( Château Margaux )

"We knew the next was a 1959 Margaux, as it got set aside during inspection due to an unusually short cork relative to the rest of the ones we packed up. So our host was like, ‘let’s drink it.’ Good call! There was no issue with this bottle, which was classy and smooth. “Mature cherries’ came from the crowd, and while not a thrilling example of Margaux, it was a classic one. It was fresh like clean glass, very round and nice (94)."

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 Bill Silk, Wine Collector (United States)  tasted  Château Margaux 1959  ( Château Margaux )

"Have four bottles bought on auction. Labels were in bad shape but recognizable. The cap was in good shape. Wine was mid-shoulder. Non professional opened the cork and it came out easily, with no damage.

Poured and the wine was a bit cloudy, but with no bricking. Nose was surreal. Wine had a finish that just never stopped. The wine continued to open over two hours. I had the wine with Dennis, Bob K., and Bob S. Opened at Johnathan's The Rub

Acquired at a surprisingly low price. Labels where so bad. If the other three are awful I got a great deal."

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 Georg Linde, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  Château Margaux 1959  ( Château Margaux )

""Tobacco and leather nose. Flag ours of milk chocolate, good sweetness, silky tannins, smoke, earth. Great.""

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 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Château Margaux 1959  ( Château Margaux )

"The 1959 Margaux had a richer nose that was blacker. There was a touch of gas to this also smooth wine. A hint of apricot tiptoed out of this wine’s catacombs to show exotic fruit. OTR commented, ‘the Lafite would just lay there, while this one would put me in positions’ he never knew he was capable of, or something to that effect. Point, set, match, Margaux (94M)."

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 Georg Linde, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  Château Margaux 1959  ( Château Margaux )

","Tobacco and leather nose. Flag ours of milk chocolate, good sweetness, silky tannins, smoke, earth. Great.""

2y 6m ago

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