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  • Country ranking ?

    615
  • Producer ranking ?

    11
  • Decanting time

    2h
  • When to drink

    now to 2025
  • Food Pairing

    Espresso Braised Beef

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 1961

1961 vintage by Château/ It has sometimes been said that 1961 was the greatest vintage since 1900. Our memory does not always serve us well, but there is no doubt that this vintage displays quite extraordinary qualities, which we were not to find again, in any case, until the 1982 vintage. 1961 not only benefited from remarkable weather conditions, but also from the first achievements of what was called \modern oenology\" under the inspiration of Professor Ribereau Gayon and Doctor Emile Peynaud. Château Margaux 1961 is a sumptuous wine, at the same time tender, harmonious, rich, very dense and full of freshness. Its bouquet is unique : over the smell of undergrowth, so characteristic of the great wines of that era, comes a layer of indescribable fruity and floral fragrance... Smelling this wine is a moment of unforgettable excitement, of pure emotion! The sensations that come through on the palate are a harmonious match to the aromatic festival on the nose : its tannic density asserts itself smoothly and delicately, the finish is a strong and yet tender caress. A really wonderful wine. Today, the 1961 has lost none of its freshness, even though the magnums are starting to show more consistency than the bottles. Of course, it can be opened now, but it was built for eternity... (May 2010)

Weather
A sharp spring frost and exceptional "coulure" due to an intensely cold spell at the end of May drastically reduced the crop size. Then, the wonderful weather conditions during the summer, which was particularly dry and hot, enabled this small crop to reach really extraordinary ripeness and concentration. (The picking began 19th September)



 

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Average Bottle Price

2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2005 2000
821€ -10.9% 921€ +13.6% 811€ -1.7% 825€ -3.7% 857€ +23.7% 693€ +54.7% 448€

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

31 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Full, Brick red and Cloudy

ending

Long, Smooth and Lingering

flavors

Blackcurrant, Coffee, Vegetal, Toasty, Leather and Mineral

nose

Intense, Complex and Rich

recommend

Yes

taste

Average in Acidity, Warming, Medium tannin, Complex, Perfectly balanced, Balanced, Developing, Medium-bodied, Elegant, Harmonious, Rich and Silky tannins

Verdict

Transparent and Sexy

Written Notes

The third wine had a delicious nose, with sweet fruits and tender aromas of wheat. It was blacker in style, gamy with a pinch of BBQ. Its palate was round, rich and long, certainly deserving outstanding status. The wine was heavy yet dancing with a bit of zip. Buttery and decadent, this was clearly a special wine. One of the educated ladies guessed, ‘Spanish,’ but it was a magnum of 1961 Margaux. This was sweet, outstanding stuff. It was then noted that if Parker hasn’t had a great bottle/note of an old Bordeaux, it was like it didn’t exist, kind of like the ’61 Margaux (96M).
  • 96p

Low-shoulder bottle, no signs of seepage, cork outside almost black, greasy but inside good looking. 

I did not expect much from this bottle but as often an old classified Bordeaux with low level will offer a big surprise. When I pulled the cork certain sweet flavours came up but as well leather, old furniture, shoe polish aromas. The promising fact: NO traces of vinegar or sherry at all. The cork did not come out in one piece. This bottle of 1961 Margaux had a dark mahagony colour, clear without any cloudiness. From the first moment it showed as a great Bordeaux from a great vintage. Seductive flavours of cedar, underbrush, decent sweetness. Amazing freshness, if tasted blind my guess would be from the 80's, perhaps 1985. It developed nicely with air, medium body, very elegant, fine, a little fragile fruit, simply an outstanding Bordeaux and I am not sure if a bottle with much better level would provide much more pleasure. A bottle to remember.

Food: Iberico blade shoulder, grilled, no sauce

Music: Bob Dylan: Forever young

 

 

 

         

  • 94p

The most impressive wine of the tasting combining elegance and persistence. Intense garnet red colour. Elegant and persistent aroma reminiscent of mild spices, vanilla, hints of roasted aroma, fine fruit in the background, elegant minerality. On the palate excellent balance, fine tannins, freshness and great length. A wonderful wine with long lingering aftertaste and great elegance. Close to perfection.

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Information

Origin

Margaux, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Extraordinary

Value For Money

Very good

Investment potential

Good

Fake factory

Serious

Inside Information

Bordeaux Book, 3rd Edition 
Jan 1998
Robert M. Parker, Jr. 93 Drink: 1991 - 2001 $1250-$3140
An intense bouquet filled with the scents of ripe plums, flowers, toasted walnuts, and oak is divine. This expansive wine is silky, rich, very generously flavored, long, and full bodied on the palate. It is fully mature, but there is little chance of this wine falling apart for at least another decade. I have high hopes that the 1982, 1983, and 1986 will ultimately surpass this vintage of Margaux. The 1961 is a top-flight wine and unquestionably the last great Margaux until the Mentzelopoulos era began its remarkable string of great Margaux in 1978.Anticipated maturity: Now. Last tasted, 4/91.
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94p
 Hans-Juergen Tessnow / WeinArt, Wine Dealer (Germany)  tasted  Château Margaux 1961  ( Château Margaux )

Low-shoulder bottle, no signs of seepage, cork outside almost black, greasy but inside good looking. 

I did not expect much from this bottle but as often an old classified Bordeaux with low level will offer a big surprise. When I pulled the cork certain sweet flavours came up but as well leather, old furniture, shoe polish aromas. The promising fact: NO traces of vinegar or sherry at all. The cork did not come out in one piece. This bottle of 1961 Margaux had a dark mahagony colour, clear without any cloudiness. From the first moment it showed as a great Bordeaux from a great vintage. Seductive flavours of cedar, underbrush, decent sweetness. Amazing freshness, if tasted blind my guess would be from the 80's, perhaps 1985. It developed nicely with air, medium body, very elegant, fine, a little fragile fruit, simply an outstanding Bordeaux and I am not sure if a bottle with much better level would provide much more pleasure. A bottle to remember.

Food: Iberico blade shoulder, grilled, no sauce

Music: Bob Dylan: Forever young

 

 

 

         

2m 5d ago

99p
 Markus Del Monego MW / Best Sommelier in the World 1998, MW (Germany)  tasted  Château Margaux 1961  ( Château Margaux )

The most impressive wine of the tasting combining elegance and persistence. Intense garnet red colour. Elegant and persistent aroma reminiscent of mild spices, vanilla, hints of roasted aroma, fine fruit in the background, elegant minerality. On the palate excellent balance, fine tannins, freshness and great length. A wonderful wine with long lingering aftertaste and great elegance. Close to perfection.

7m 8d ago

96p
 Izak Litwar / The most important Scandinavian Bordeaux Critic, Pro (Denmark)  tasted  Château Margaux 1961  ( Château Margaux )

Very complex and intense, immense depth and supporting tannin and lush fruit. Wonderful balance, elegance and finesse. A truly great wine!

7m 10d ago

96p
 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Château Margaux 1961  ( Château Margaux )

"The third wine had a delicious nose, with sweet fruits and tender aromas of wheat. It was blacker in style, gamy with a pinch of BBQ. Its palate was round, rich and long, certainly deserving outstanding status. The wine was heavy yet dancing with a bit of zip. Buttery and decadent, this was clearly a special wine. One of the educated ladies guessed, ‘Spanish,’ but it was a magnum of 1961 Margaux. This was sweet, outstanding stuff. It was then noted that if Parker hasn’t had a great bottle/note of an old Bordeaux, it was like it didn’t exist, kind of like the ’61 Margaux (96M)."

1y 7m ago

97p
 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  Château Margaux 1961  ( Château Margaux )

"Worryingly low fill!? Just above mid shoulder, ruby wit thin orange rim. Staring out with intense floral notes, violets, blackcurrant's, plums, cigar, tobacco, perfumed, seductive and flirting, with another ten minutes, licorice, layers upon layers. Very elegant body and texture, fresh acidity, ripe tannins, beautiful balance, enormous elegance, after two hours gaining in body, getting more fruit, turns out the low level can't have had any negative influence, its difficult to believe there can be a much better bottle, after even more time, mint, eucalyptus, opens up hugely, enormous complexity, rose-garden, figs, long and elegant finish. Getting even better after five hours. "

4y 5m ago

94p
 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Château Margaux 1961  ( Château Margaux )

"There were actually three 1961s, and the 1961 Margaux batted leadoff. This was another great nose, which was incredibly hazelnutty and chocolaty. This was Nutella meets Toblerone in a consenting adult way. Its palate was mature, long and sexy, easy yet classic. There was still light spice and soft fireplace to this older goodie. A touch of sushi goodness rounded out this Milfy Margaux. Oh, behave (94). "

4y 7m ago

96p
 Juha Lihtonen, Sommelier (Finland)  tasted  Château Margaux 1961  ( Château Margaux )

"D 2 h / G 2 h
Moderately deep tawny colour. Intense and complex nose with rich coffee aromas and high concentration with vegetal nuances. Firm, medium-bodied wine with lively acidity and minerality, supple tannins, and surprisingly intense fruitiness. Very vibrant and energic wine with great balance and finesse in the lingering finish. Still very youthful, so no hurry to uncork. Keep well another 10-12 years.
"

4y 8m ago

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