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    3 446
  • Producer ranking ?

    53
  • Decanting time

    2h
  • When to drink

    Now
  • Food Pairing

    Beef

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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

At last, a very good vintage ! The only one in the 1930s… Château Margaux 1934 is still superb. It displays a deep, dense colour and a fine, fresh, complex bouquet. On the palate, it is powerful and rich with tannins coming to the fore, but drying a little in the finish. The quality of the bottles is now inconsistent, but most of the magnums are very good.

Weather
The hot and dry summer was followed by excellent weather conditions during the whole of the harvest and allowed this bumper crop to reach an excellent level of ripeness. (The picking began 14th September)

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

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Tasting note

color

Deep, Brick red and Healthy

ending

Short, Gentle and Extensive

flavors

Earthy

nose

Mature, Opulent, Refined and Rich

recommend

Yes

taste

Average in Acidity, Balanced, Well-structured, Complex, Medium-bodied, Rich, Full and Harmonious

Verdict

Intelligent and Impressive

Written Notes

At last, a very good vintage ! The only one in the 1930s… Château Margaux 1934 is still superb. It displays a deep, dense colour and a fine, fresh, complex bouquet. On the palate, it is powerful and rich with tannins coming to the fore, but drying a little in the finish. The quality of the bottles is now inconsistent, but most of the magnums are very good. It is obviously a wine to drink now, which in the future can only lose the wonderful qualities it has now.

On the nose, tertiary aromas, slightly tart cherries, a little iodine, earthiness, a little pot pourri. The fruit has receded somewhat, but the core is still there, finely grained dusty tannins, slightly stewed fruit past the mid palate. It was an extremely hot year, better for Sauternes, and the wine while still pretty, flails a little past the mid palate as it arrives at an engaging (as it has hints and traces of what it likely once was), but slightly drying out finish. 89 Points

  • 89p
"Slight hint of oxidation in the nose, but the palate still in good shape with kirsch liquor, powerful tannins, herbs and nice sweetness. Possibly on its way out."
  • 93p
What a beautiful vintage this is! Mid shoulder fill, garnet all over. Floral from start, pure, violets, leather, more intense, prunes, figs, butter and animal fat, this one quite open from the start. Rich mouth-feel and texture, fresh acidity, ripe tannins that are very well mannered, refreshing, elegant, this is more difficult to describe, but pure comes to mind together with enormous complexity and freshness, fantastic length, minutes after minutes.
  • 98p
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Origin

Margaux, Bordeaux

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