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  • Country ranking ?

    314
  • Producer ranking ?

    11
  • Decanting time

    1h30min
  • When to drink

    now to 2025
  • Food Pairing

    Beef Short Rib Bourguignon

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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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Bordeaux Vintage Report by Château Margaux / 1928 and 1929, what a fabulous pair of vintages! To find successive years of such high quality, we had to wait about sixty years until 1989 and 1990; though, at Margaux, we could also mention 1982 and 1983. The wines made in the 1928 vintage were, right from the start, incredibly powerful and concentrated, often even hard and austere, which explains why 1928 was overshadowed by 1929 which had an almost immediate attraction.
Château Margaux 1928 is an outstandingly great wine and is today perhaps superior to the 1929, since it has, on the whole, aged better. There is more consistency in the bottles, the wine has lost its hardness, but has kept an absolutely extraordinary freshness and richness. It may not have the great finesse of a bottle of 1929, but its freshness is far greater.

Weather
It was marvellous weather, practically from the flowering to the harvest, which allowed the grapes to attain an outstanding level of concentration as well as ripeness. (The picking began 25th September)

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Average Bottle Price

2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2005 2000 1995
1 098€ -9.3% 1 211€ -4.4% 1 267€ -2.5% 1 299€ +37.9% 942€ -16.6% 1 129€ +27.9% 883€ +127.6% 388€

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

12 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Medium and Healthy

ending

Long, Smooth and Flavorful

flavors

Earthy, Tobacco, Blackberry, Voluptuous, Toasty and Honey

nose

Intense, Generous and Refined

recommend

Yes

taste

Perfectly balanced, Well-structured, Elegant, Rich and Ripe

Written Notes

We were clearly in red Bordeaux territory with the next wine. It had a deep, rich nose of cassis, chocolate, coffee, bandaid, earth and a touch of garden goodness. There were lots of wild herbs and wild child action in this very old wine. The palate was tangy, rich and spicy with more chocolate and game flavors. It was revealed to be a 1928 Margaux, wow! There was so much power in this ancient warrior, a testament to the vintage. This was rich, sumptuous and saucy. Plush and long, the Margaux also had caramel flavors develop. While spectacular for the first glass and refill, it did start to fade with time, but by that time, there wasn’t much left. When wines are old, enjoy them right away and don’t hesitate (96).
  • 96p
Mid shoulder fill, ruby with thin brick rim. Tobacco, cigars, spicy, cedar, compact, licorice, needs a lot of time to open, coffee, caramel, tea, citrus, after two hours some floral notes in the back. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, intense, elegant texture, does not give that much on the palate at first, again after two hours, magnificent fruit, superb balance and exceptional long finish. After four hours, even more elegant fruit, pure violets, even more refreshing in the mouth, better body and texture, a magnificent experience, perfect balance, and it sat in the mouth until the next morning.
  • 98p
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Origin

Margaux, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Excellent

Value For Money

Satisfactory

Investment potential

Average

Fake factory

Serious

Glass time

1h

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