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  • Decanting time

    45min
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  • Food Pairing

    Portabellp mushrooms

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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

The 1924 bumper harvest produced pleasant, harmonious, very fine wines, which proved to have a remarkable capacity for ageing. Today, the wine in bottles has tired, but the magnums have kept some freshness and are very pleasant to drink. It was with this vintage that the First Growths decided for the first time to bottle their whole production at the Château. The poor vintages and economic whirlwind of the 1930s in the end forced them to reverse this decision until better days.

Weather
A fine vintage, in spite of a relatively rainy August. (The picking began 19th September)




 

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Average Bottle Price

2014 2010 2005 2000 1995
655€ -13.7% 759€ +8.0% 703€ +92.6% 365€ +172.4% 134€

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.

Tasting note

color

Full and Ruby red

ending

Medium, Smooth and Round

flavors

Toasty, Creamy and Floral

nose

Intense, Fresh, Refined and Opulent

recommend

Yes

taste

Balanced, Well-structured, Good texture, Mature, Medium-bodied, Elegant, Fresh, Firm and Dry

Verdict

Well-rounded and Fine

Written Notes

A nutty nose that was deep, heavy and rich had an oaky streak to it that I was hoping would blow off. The palate was more oaky, making this not my cup of tea. The oak eventually blew off, and this 1924 Margaux was pretty and fragrant (90).
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This bumper harvest produced pleasant, harmonious, very fine wines, which proved to have a remarkable capacity for ageing. Today, the wine in bottles has tired, but the magnums have kept some freshness and are very pleasant to drink. It was with this vintage that the First Growths decided for the first time to bottle their whole production at the Château. The poor vintages and economic whirlwind of the 1930s in the end forced them to reverse this decision until better days.

1924 Margaux – I do associate most younger vintages of Ch. Margaux as fairly light and must admit that i´ve been underwhelmed on numerous occasions. However my great experiences with the really old vintages have been astonishing and this wine offered a beautiful texture, still rich and fruity with a plethora of wild berries and a smooth almost creamy sensation, still very clean without oxidation and a truly long, powerful finish.

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Origin

Margaux, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Above Average

Value For Money

Poor

Investment potential

Below Average

Fake factory

There is a possibility

Glass time

30min

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 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  Château Margaux 1924  ( Château Margaux )

"Just tasted the world's oldest official vintage - 1727 - still very drinkable and elegant - have you tasted it"

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