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    Cherry Tomato Tart

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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.






Average Bottle Price

2014 2013 2012 2011 2010
300€ -6.5% 321€ +6.3% 302€ -22.4% 389€ +45.7% 267€

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Written Notes

The 2004 Chateau Margaux exhibits a medium garnet color with slight bricking at the edges, indicating its maturation and evolution in the bottle.

The bouquet offers a refined complexity with an elegant mix of red and black fruits, primarily notes of cassis, raspberry, and a hint of blackberry. Layered upon these are secondary aromas of dried flowers, particularly violets and a touch of rose, alongside nuances of cigar box, leather, and a whisper of truffle. The subtle influence of oak adds a hint of vanilla and sweet spices.

On the palate, the wine is gracefully matured, presenting a silky texture with resolved tannins that envelope the mouth. The fruit is still vibrant but now shows signs of tertiary development, displaying flavors of dried cherries and fig, complemented by notes of forest floor and mushroom. The acidity is well integrated, providing freshness that balances the wine’s depth.

The finish is long and nuanced, with continuing themes of mature fruit and earthy elements. There is a persistent mineral streak that lends a sense of place, reflecting the gravelly soils of Margaux.

  • 95p
The 2004 Margaux had ‘berry cobbler,’ per Gil, and he hit it on the head again, as usual, twirling his hammer and popping it back in his holster. Sweet, crumbly, nutty and crusty, I couldn’t get past the berry cobbler thing – that summed it up 100%. The richness of the wine was a different league than the Pavillons. A quadrafecta of rich, concentrated coffee, earth, cassis and nut flavors paid off big-time. Long and regal, this was excellent stuff. Paul admired, ‘the scent of Margaux, subtle and extremely refined…combines power and subtlety so harmoniously…soft power.’ The nose became more decadent, with coffee and chocolate emerging.
  • 94p

Consistent notes. 78% C.Sauvignon + 18% Merlot + 2% P.Verdot/C.Franc. This wine hasd turned out to be another classic - perfectly ripe fruit, stunning richness, extremely elegant and finesse, fleshy and long. Wonderful stuff. 1/3 or more of the price for 2005 and 2006. 20-25 years horisontally in the cellar.

  • 95p
Ruby, perfumed and layered nose, very elegant, dark berries, complex, violets, stunning nose. Fresh acidity, lively feel to it, youthful, ripe tannins, elegant, very long.
  • 94p
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