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      10/13/2000 Eternal new beginnings  

The celebrations were a resounding success, as was the harvest which nothing and nobody upset right through to the end. For the winegrowers it’s a year that is finishing, the crowning glory of their efforts after months of hard work ; they’ll go on holiday in a few days and most of them won’t come back until the beginning of November in order to prune their vine plots, already contemplating the next season. For the winestore workers it’s the opposite, another year beginning, and very soon, they’ll start running off the wine into the barrels, in the month of November 2000. For all of us these eternal new beginnings are not a repetition but a rebirth, a reflection of Nature, to whom we feel so very close and to whom, today, we feel so indebted. We have a real sense of happiness which, even beyond this news, we’ll try to continue sharing with you.       



      10/09/2000 Harvest 2000 – A growing impatience


The weather hasn’t let us down with superb Cabernets and after a weekend of harvesting, we’re impatient to finish them this evening. There are only three plots that are still dragging their heels and, anyway, these won’t be included in the composition of the first wine. At least, not until they’ve reached the age of thirty or forty and their vigour can be controlled to allow the vine to give the best of itself. The dry weather has been accompanied by abnormally low temperatures, -5 degrees in the morning and no higher than 17 degrees during the day. Of course, such cool temperatures don’t affect the grapes. But once harvested, it’s reassuring to know that they’re in the warm in our wooden vats. Thermal inertia is one of the great advantages of wood. The wine can then be kept at high temperatures, around 30 degrees for several days after fermentation. This allows both efficient and moderate extraction of the tannins. Up till now, not a single vat of Cabernet has finished its fermentation: we’re going to have to wait at least two more days before being able to start tasting them. We’re like children getting impatient around the Christmas tree, waiting for permission to open their presents.       


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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2000/ We were unaware at that time that we were harvesting one of the greatest vintages of the late 20th century.

The grapes had rarely, perhaps never, been as concentrated, particularly the Cabernets. In certain cases we surpassed the already historic levels of the 1986 and 1995 vintages, with an elegance and softness on the palate, reminiscent also of the 1990 and 1996 vintages. It seemed in fact that 2000 was setting a new benchmark in quality, never before attained, at least in terms of style. Throughout the barrel ageing time, these first impressions were gradually confirmed.

April and May were warm and rainy, an early encouragement to downy mildew which was halted by the very dry summer. The absence of rain in August and at the beginning of September was very beneficial for the ripening process and the concentration in the grapes. A few light showers at the beginning of the harvest could not spoil this dream vintage. (The picking began on 25th September)



Vintage 2000

Weather conditions / The 2000 vintage was proclaimed from the start as one of the best vintages of modern times. In the spring of 2003, I had many opportunities to find out if we really had a true dream vintage on our hands.

During the 2000 harvest, while doing a “personal inspection” in the vineyards, I noticed that something extraordinary was on the way. The grapes looked extremely healthy.

While the sorting table was rolling, I observed that there were few leaves, stems and weeds among the grapes. This is why sorting the grapes was so easy and quick. This must be one of the characteristics of the 2000 vintage, because normally even great vintages require a lot of work at the sorting table.


The 2000 vintage is a classic, extravagant and extremely long Bordeaux with dark and extremely dense wines, which have a huge concentration of fruit, length and superbly concentrated tannins. The tannin is not allowed to dominate, as it is well enveloped by the fruit. A scent of under-ripeness is only present in a few wines. One of the hallmarks of this vintage is an intense, deep aroma of dark berries, such as blueberries, blackberries and black cherries.

All red grape varieties have reached perfect maturity, including Bordeaux's most temperamental and unruly grape variety, Petit Verdot. Petit Verdot brings to wines the long-awaited addition of backbone and power.

Additionally, the grapes for whites, such as Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon and Muscadelle, ripened perfectly and produced extremely fine dry white wines. The sweet white wines have unfortunately transformed into some light, elegant and charming wines, based 100% on the September harvest. From October 11, it rained a lot in Bordeaux and this continued until the end of the year.


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2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2005
856€ -4.4% 895€ -5.3% 945€ +19.8% 789€ -16.3% 943€ +16.7% 808€ -28.7% 1 134€ +1.0% 1 123€ +197.1% 378€

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


Deep and Ruby red


Long and Smooth


Blackcurrant, Voluptuous, Coffee, Raspberry, Toasty and Mineral






Low in Acidity, Warming, Low tannin, Balanced, Complex, Medium-bodied, Harmonious, Firm, Rich and Dry



Written Notes

On this exquisite super-vintage only 40%of the Château Margaux crop was used to this grand vin. It was made with full, almost superbly ripe Cabernet Sauvignon containing only 10% of Merlot. The appearance of the wine is a bright, moderately intense, ruby red colour. An attractive and complex nose shows delicate black currant and raspberry aromas combined with violets. After a few minutes the nose gains more toasty aromas, with spicies, roasted coffee and chocolate. On the palate the wine behaves aristocratically. Very sophisiticated, medium-bodied structure with marked acidity and minerality. Tannins are very firm but opulent and persistant. Wine shows classic Margaux features being more dominated with tannins and acidity than fruit. Nevertheless due to this perfect vintage the fruit is extremely intense giving such a tremendous potential for ageing that it could be paralleled to 1900 Margaux. If it behaves as this legendary vintage, it will keep easily another 50 years and more.

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The 2000 Margaux had a fabulous nose with its hallmark elegance but still great intensity. There were buckets of t ‘n a and great spine and spice. The palate was rich, concentrated, spicy and long, packed and compact, dense and exotic with almost blue fruit flavors smothered in soy
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This is like smelling an amazing bouquet of flowers, deep and thought provoking. Notes of raspberries, and strawberries round out the refined nose. Full and silky. More than just silk really, it is almost transparent. Incredibly mellow, yet enticing. It is difficult to find the perfect word. It is as ethereal as Paul Pontieller, managing director of Chateaux Margaux says. The impeccable balance makes this perfect to drink now, but it will get even better with more time. This is already ageless.

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We were unaware at that time that we were harvesting one of the greatest vintages of the late 20th century. The grapes had rarely, perhaps never, been as concentrated, particularly the Cabernets. In certain cases we surpassed the already historic levels of the 1986 and 1995 vintages, with an elegance and softness on the palate, reminiscent also of the 1990 and 1996 vintages. It seemed in fact that 2000 was setting a new benchmark in quality, never before attained, at least in terms of style. Throughout the barrel ageing time, these first impressions were gradually confirmed. The wine has now acquired a slightly tighter texture and at the same time keeps such a soft and especially long finish that it seems to go on forever… The bottling took place in November 2002, after over 2 years of barrel ageing. Such a long ageing is unusual but not as rare as one might think: most of the greatest vintages are aged for that length of time.

Good deep plum, there is a touch of aging here, the nose is very serious and strong in a seductive way, deep intense, cedar with black fruits, the palate is again fresh and youthful but now it has a lot of breath with stylistic etching coming through, it is really quite profound for me with mega promise. It has earthy, even a rustic edge but you feel that will fade into a totally charming engrossing expression of Margaux, and slightly outplays the 1996 on this occasion. Brilliant wine. 98/100

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Good looking magnum size bottle. Colour is tiilenpunainen. This wine is erinomainen.
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Wine Advocate #146
Apr 2003
Robert M. Parker, Jr. 100 Drink: 2012 - 2050 $829-$3000 (350)
Bottled in late November, 2002, the 2000 has turned out to be a colossal example of Chateau Margaux that is tasting even better from bottle than it was from cask. Only 40% of the crop made it into this 2000 Margaux, a blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot. Stylistically, it is somewhat of a hybrid between the succulent, opulent, fleshy 1990, and the more delineated, structured, cooler climate-tasting 1996. The 2000 possesses a saturated ruby/purple color to the rim as well as an extraordinarily promising nose of creme de cassis intermixed with white flowers, licorice, and hints of espresso and toasty oak. There is great intensity, compelling purity, a multi-layered, full-bodied palate, and a finish that goes on for nearly 70+ seconds. Bottled naturally, with no filtration, it is a monumental example of the elegance and power that symbolize this extraordinary vineyard. A tour de force in winemaking, many of my colleagues predicted, far earlier than me, that it would be the "wine of the vintage." It is certainly one of the wines of the vintage, but there is plenty of competition, even at this lofty level of quality. Absolutely awesome! Anticipated maturity: 2012-2050.
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