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  • Decanting time

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  • When to drink

    from 2020
  • Food Pairing

    Beef

The 2015 Château Margaux is a blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, all together representing 35% of the total production at the estate. Raised entirely in new oak, it has a lucid garnet color. The bouquet is aimed directly at the senses - there is no dilly-dallying about, as it almost knocks you off your stool with its intense mineralité embroidered into this iridescent, graphite-tinged nose. The focus and penetration here ranks among the finest that I have tasted at this estate since first coming here in 1997. The palate is astonishingly well balanced, perfectly poised with super-fine tannins wrapped around pure blackberry, bilberry, graphite and cedar fruit. Like the Pavillon Rouge this year, there is a Pauillac-like sense of authority and aristocracy, leavened by Margaux-inspired femininity that completes that standout 2015 on the Left Bank. Beg for a bottle and worry about the cost later. Post script: I composed this tasting note five days before the passing of Paul Pontallier. It is a final gift from a gifted winemaker. Drink 2028-2070.

Score: 98/100

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (224), April 2016

The greatest Margaux ever made. More than perfection. Full body, firm and ultra-silky tannins. Black currant, mineral and floral character. It starts slowly and seems almost endless on the palate. Seamless. I want to sing! This is the wine that Margaux never made in some of the classics vintages like 1961, 1959 and 1945. May be it's the 1900 all over again? Breathtaking.

Score: 100

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2016

The 2015 Margaux is a super-classic wine. In 2015, most Margauxs are notably intense, but Château Margaux expresses the richness of the year in its surprising tannic backbone and overall structure. Far from an up-front or sensual wine, the 2015 Margaux is likely to require considerable cellaring. It is a tightly-wound wine that manages to be both powerful and crystalline in its translucent purity. The 2015 is a wine of real density and yet so very much Margaux. About 35% of the crop went into the Grand Vin.

Score: 95/98

Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2016

Fresh and fragrant the nose has a mix of red and black fruits the start of the palate sweet with ripe fruit. Supple generous in the middle a complex mix of fruits. Perfect balance freshness yet sweetness fine tannins ethereal a stylish elegance. Richer at the back the fruit is sweet with depth on the finish.

Score: 95/98

Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, April 2016

A great vintage at Château Margaux and a fitting tribute to the memory of the equally great Paul Pontallier. This is a poised, elegant, beautifully framed claret, with perfume, structure, acidity and a core of red and black fruits complemented by notes of graphite and green pepper. Au revoir, Paul. Et merci. Drink: 2022-35

Score: 97

Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2016

Great breadth and savour on the nose. Lovely freshness and sophistication. Lots of fine tannins. Very aérien. Really flies! Perfect Margaux. A great welcome for the new chai and memorial for Paul Pontallier. Still tight but nothing out of balance. Very Margaux. Very classic claret. Quite brave because there is nothing showy about this wine, but it could truly be described as beautiful. 13.5% Drink 2026-2046

Score: 19

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2016

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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 2015

Excitement about the potential of the 2015 Bordeaux vintage – and wine made in several other parts of France last autumn – has been rising for months. In Bordeaux,  but also in Burgundy,  Champagne and the Rhône, conditions were close to  ideal last summer.

Hours of sunshine and average temperatures were the highest since records began – even higher than in “mythical” wine-growing years such as 1921 and 1947. “We think we have something very special but we are holding our tongues until the tasting begins,” said a family member at one of the most sought-after châteaux in the Médoc growing region. 

Denis Dubourdieu, professor of wine at the University of Bordeaux and one of the most successful Bordeaux winemakers, told The Independent: “I don’t think there can be any doubt. This will be an exceptional year, in line with memorable years like 2009 and 2005.

“Everything about the growing season last year was perfect. And from what I’ve seen at the wine-making stage and in the barrel later on,  this is going to be a wonderful vintage.” Mr Dubourdieu says that  producing wine is like a horse-race with five meteorological “fences”. In 2015, he says, Bordeaux jumped all the hurdles with ease.

The vines flowered early in warm sunshine; the tiny grapes appeared in perfect dry weather; they turned purple in ideal conditions of slight drought in mid-July; they expanded and ripened in a warm, dry August with just a little rain; and they were picked in a dry autumn with cool nights. This is like getting all the numbers right in the lottery. 

There were excellent claret vintages in 2000, 2005, 2009 and 2010 and a reasonable year in 2012. In the past two years, to the annoyance of many people in the industry, Bordeaux has been criticised or faintly praised. There have also been complaints about the fact that the top châteaux kept their prices high, despite the apparent dip in quality. 

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2015 Margaux (barrel sample) 98-100p

Grand Vin is 38% of total crop and composed of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc. Exceptional concentration, richness and complexity, super strong backbone, elegant and sophisticated, perfectly balanced, incredibly aromatic, extraordinary finish. For sure, this is wine of the 2015 vintage in red. A great, great testimony/hommage to Paul Pontallier!

  • 98p
Chateau Margaux: Very concentrated ripe red and dark plum, berries, cherry, sweet spices, violet. Extremely floral and perfume. Very long finish with never-ending acidity and silky tannin. Oaky, vanilla and toasty flavour can be caught at the end of the palate. It is a perfect mix of power, structure and elegancy for this wine. A refined, layered, delicated and sophisticated masterpiece as the final vintage of Paul Pontallier. He will be truly missed when we talk about and drink Margaux 2015 in the future. This is my best pick of Left Bank and one of the Top 5 of this 2015 vintage. 98-99+
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Dark purple colour with almost black core. Very complex and expressive nose, elegant fruit, mild spices, hints of minerality, in the background dark chocolate and floral notes. A wine with very complex character on the nose. On the palate mild spices, ripe and silky tannins, a wine aromatic start, complex mid-palate and great length, creating an extraordinary tension on the palate. This wine is the perfect definition for elegance and persistent.
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Margaux, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Excellent

Value For Money

Very good

Investment potential

Good

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 Izak Litwar / The most important Scandinavian Bordeaux Critic, Pro (Denmark)  tasted  Château Margaux 2015  ( Château Margaux )

2015 Margaux (barrel sample) 98-100p

Grand Vin is 38% of total crop and composed of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc. Exceptional concentration, richness and complexity, super strong backbone, elegant and sophisticated, perfectly balanced, incredibly aromatic, extraordinary finish. For sure, this is wine of the 2015 vintage in red. A great, great testimony/hommage to Paul Pontallier!

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 Andrew Caillard MW, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  Château Margaux 2015  ( Château Margaux )

"Medium deep colour. Lovely cherry, cola, herb aromas. Silky smooth beautifully balanced wine with red currant, red cherry plum flavours with graphite, espresso, chinotto notes, fine loose knit lacy slightly graphite textures and roasted coffee mocha notes. Fruit expands towards the back palate with light graphite plume at the finish. One of the great wines of the vintage and an evocative salute to Ch Margaux’s great winemaker Paul Pontallier (22nd April 1956 – 27th March 2016). 98-100 points "

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 Will Gardener / Nickolls & Perks, Wine Dealer (United Kingdom)  tasted  Château Margaux 2015  ( Château Margaux )

"Margaux - 8% Cabernet Sauvignon 8% Merlot 3% Petit Verdot 2 % Cabernet Franc - 100% New oak
More spice here, deep and mystifying nose, violets, cool fruit, round and seamless, not dense but there is power here, and certainly elegance, epitomizes the vintage with its gentle caress, oak showing a little, lots of chalky tannins, good minerality. The finish is very impressive. 96-99/100 2028-2060"

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 Markus Del Monego MW / Best Sommelier in the World 1998, MW (Germany)  tasted  Château Margaux 2015  ( Château Margaux )

"Dark purple colour with almost black core. Very complex and expressive nose, elegant fruit, mild spices, hints of minerality, in the background dark chocolate and floral notes. A wine with very complex character on the nose. On the palate mild spices, ripe and silky tannins, a wine aromatic start, complex mid-palate and great length, creating an extraordinary tension on the palate. This wine is the perfect definition for elegance and persistent. "

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 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  Château Margaux 2015  ( Château Margaux )

"Ruby. Scented, red berries, nuanced, detailed, layered, floral, refined nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, intense, ripe, deep, dark fruits, layers, nuanced, detailed, lively, long indeed. 96-98"

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