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    954
  • Producer ranking ?

    41
  • Decanting time

    2h
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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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Average Bottle Price

2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2005
347€ -2.0% 354€ +7.9% 328€ -22.1% 421€ +51.4% 278€ +219.5% 87€

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.

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The next wine had a forward nose and gave me a Mouton impression of cedar, nut and vanilla earth. The wine was mouth-filling and long, very dry with exquisite cedar, mineral, smoke and earth flavors.
  • 94p

2001 Château Margaux
Ruby, garnet rim. Scented, blueberries and cassis, fruit driven, floral, nuanced, detailed, beautiful nose, still building after five hours in decanter. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, cassis, blueberries, detailed, transparent, lovely balance, has depth even if it might seem straightforward, long finish. Utterly charming! 95

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The 2001 Chateau Margaux continues to evolve in impressive fashion. The nose feels sensual, veering towards red rather than black fruit, with disarming purity and perhaps showing more floral/violet character than the 1999. Both display tremendous precision and delineation. The palate is medium-bodied, edgy and tensile with crisp acidity, so fresh and vital in the mouth. Tasted next to the 1996 Château Margaux, it is clear to see that the 2001 is several steps behind, yet the way it fans out with such confidence and brio on the finish assures that this has a prosperous future.

  • 94p
The Cabernet was not entirely ripe, though the Petit Verdot was riper than in 2000. Harvesting began on 1 October. Less generous than 2004, with less potency on the finish, but not at all mean. Fine persistence again. A scaled down version of 2004’s “classicism.” “The weakest of the vintages tasted tonight,” reckoned Pontallier, who also pointed out that even this “weak” modern vintage is superior to many 1980s and 1970s vintages. Bravo! As with 2004, this is a vintage caught in the shadow of its predecessor. A wine to drink rather than taste, in Pontallier’s opinion. CM said that the wine was made to express its terroir, not to be impressive. On its own terms, this is a lovely wine, but it suffers by comparison with its siblings at this tasting.
  • 92p
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Origin

Margaux, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Below Average

Value For Money

Poor

Investment potential

No Potential

Fake factory

None

Glass time

2h

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