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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.

The estate has 200 acres under vine. Each plot and each variety are treated differently from pruning throughout the growing season. Chateau Margaux’ goal is to nurture and maintain vines for as long as possible, as they believe vines need to reach 20 years of age to produce great wine. The estate is constantly trying to understand through experimentation how to improve soil health and fruit quality. Today, no insecticides are used, there is an important balance of healthy insects to counter pests, and any number of experiments with ploughing, organic farming, and biodynamic applications are ongoing. A final key point to note, Margaux has for the last 30+ years had among the lowest yields in the Medoc.

The wine was aged for 15 months, in 10% new oak and 90% second use barrels. Because of the particularities of the vintage, Cabernet Sauvignon made up an extremely high 88% of the blend, with Merlot only 12% of the blend. Importantly, the wine is held in bottle until ready to drink, which may not mean that vintages are released sequentially.

 

 

 

 

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Wine Information

1921 was an especially great year for the wines of Sauternes. For the red wines in general, it was a fine vintage, with elegant and well structured wines, since the harvest was of modest volume. The bottles of Château Margaux can still be surprisingly good. Even though the wine is starting to tire, its great finesse is still perceptible.

Weather
Exceptionally high temperatures were recorded during the harvest this year and caused great problems during the vinification in many estates.
(The picking began 15th September)

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

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Tasting note

color

Deep, Brick red and Healthy

ending

Medium, Gentle and Lingering

flavors

Blackcurrant, Voluptuous, Coffee, Cedar, Cigar-box and Leather

nose

Wide, Opulent and Tempting

recommend

Yes

taste

Average in Acidity, Low alcohol content, Balanced, Good texture, Mature, Medium-bodied, Round, Harmonious, Ripe, Medium-Dry and Drying tannins

Verdict

Good everyday wine and Sophisticated

Written Notes

Château Margaux 1921 / Necociant-bottling. In good condition with top-shoulder level. Decanted 30 minutes. It exhibited a dark, opaque garnet colour. This beauty continues to reveal the fragrance and elegance that one expects from wines of 1921 vintage. A fragrant, complex bouquet of cedar, herbs, vanillin, tobacco, and coffee is followed by a soft, gentle, well balanced and complex wine with sweet layers of fruit. Very supple with a finely-tuned concentration of fruit and firm but silky tannin, and a long, rich finish. I am not sure how much longer the 1921 Margaux will keep, but from a regular bottle, it is charming and should be drank now.

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Origin

Margaux, Bordeaux

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