Chateau Margaux

Chateau Margaux

Das Château Margaux verfügt über eines der besten Terroirs des Médoc. Die Parzellen, auf denen der Château Margaux erzeugt wird, sind im Wesentlichen dieselben wie schon 1855. Sie befinden sich ausschließlich in der Gemeinde Margaux und sind teilweise leicht zur Gironde geneigt. Der Boden besteht aus einer 4 bis 11 m tiefen, homogenen Schicht mittlerer bis feiner Kiesel, die in der Günz-Eiszeit von der Garonne abgelagert wurden. Er ist verhältnismäßig kalkhaltig und besitzt einen hervorragenden Wasserabzug. Die Weinreben werden dadurch zu einer besonders tiefen Wurzelbildung gezwungen.

Château Margaux verfügt über 265 ha Grundbesitz; die Anbaufläche für Wein beträgt insgesamt 99 ha. Davon sind 87 ha für den Rotwein reserviert. Der Anteil des Cabernet Sauvignon liegt bei 75 %, 20 % entfallen auf Merlot, den Rest teilen sich Cabernet Franc und Petit Verdot. 12 ha sind mit Sauvignon Blanc bestockt, hieraus wird der Weißwein Pavillon Blanc gekeltert.

Die Rotweinbereitung folgt der Tradition des Bordeaux: Drei Wochen auf der Maische in großen Holzbottichen, anschließend 18 bis 24 Monate Ausbau in neuen Eichenfässern. Der Château Margaux wird ungefiltert abgefüllt. In den Grand Vin kommen dabei lediglich zwischen 40 und 60 % des Rotweines. Der Rest, vor allem der Ertrag junger Rebanlagen, wird unter dem Zweitetikett Pavillon Rouge verkauft.

Château Margaux wird vom Önologen Jacques Boissenot sowie dessen Sohn Eric begleitet und beraten.

Das Château Margaux erzeugt einen der teuersten Rotweine der Welt. Wie allgemein bei den Weinen von Margaux, deren unbestrittene Spitze er darstellt, stehen Bukett und Finesse im Vordergrund. Seiner Langlebigkeit tut dies aber keinen Abbruch; zur vollen Entfaltung benötigt er auch in kleineren Jahrgängen meist über zehn Jahre. Er legt dabei sogar an Körper zu.

Das Lagerpotenzial reicht aber noch weit darüber hinaus, wie der bekannte Weinautor Michael Broadbent bezeugt: Er gab einem 1987 verkosteten 1787er (!) Château Margaux seine Höchstbewertung von fünf Sternen:

    „Bukett […] mit großer Reichhaltigkeit und Tiefe. […] mit einem sehr lebhaften, vollen Geschmack, perfekt in Gewicht, Länge und Abgang.“

    – Michael Broadbent: Broadbent's Weinnotizen

Als größte Jahrgänge der jüngeren Zeit gelten 1982, 1983, 1986, 1990, 1996, 2000 und 2005. Der Chateau Margaux-Rotwein von 1986 und der 1990er haben (Stand 2006) je einen Marktwert von ca. 500 Euro per Normalflasche. Andere, kleinere Jahrgänge sind preiswerter (1999er für ca. 165 Euro), andere jedoch noch weitaus teurer: der 1900er wird als nachweislich gut gelagerte Flasche für ca. 8.000 bis 10.000 Euro gehandelt.

 


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Bewertung Jahrgang 1982 Robert Parker 98 von 100 Punkten WS 97 von 100 Punkten

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Consistently scoring between 98-100, the superb 1982 Margaux may be slightly bigger, bolder, and more masculine than vintages produced over the last 15-20 years. Its dark plum/purple color is followed by notes of melted tar intermixed with sweet cassis and floral underpinnings. Very full-bodied and dense for a Chateau Margaux, with a slight rusticity to the tannins, it boasts blockbuster power, richness, and impressive aromatics. It appears set for another 30-40 years of life.

Score: 98 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (183), June 2009

At one I thought the 1983 was the more classic and better effort from Château Margaux, but I am human; The 1982 has overtaken the 1983 and is obviously the superior effort. It started off life as a somewhat ruggedly constructed, powerful, masculine, even coarse style of Château Margaux with high levels of tannin, huge extract, and richness. Increasingly civilised, with the tannin become seamlessly integrated, this opaque purple/garnet-coloured wine offers up hints of incense, sweet truffles, smoke, black currants, flowers, and damp earth. Very full-bodied, with remarkable levels of glycerin, extract, and tannins, this is probably the largest scaled, most concentrated Château Margaux under the Mentzelopoulos administration. It is doubtful it will ever rival the 2000, 1996 or 1990 for pure finesse or elegance. In spite of its high levels of tannin, it does not seem to have the classicism of the vintages, but this wine goes from strength to strength and is quickly becoming one of the all-time compelling efforts of Château Margaux. Anticipated maturity: now-2025.

Score: 98+ Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003

 

Score: 94 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (129), June 2000

 

Score: 98+ Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (3), November 1998
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Bewertung Jahrgang 1983 Robert Parker 96 von 100 Punkten WS 98 von 100 Punkten

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As I have noted consistently, this can be a breathtaking wine, but having tasted it close to a dozen times since the last edition of this book, over half the bottles were marred by tainted corks. In fact, one would almost wonder if there was TCA problem in part of the wine storage area. The percentage of corked half-bottles is even higher than in the regular format. However, when clean this 1983, which has seemingly reached full maturity far faster than I would have guessed a mere four years ago, has a dense, murky plum/purple color and a gorgeous nose of smoked herbs, damp earth, mushrooms, and sweet creme de cassis intermixed with vanilla and violets The wine is medium to full-bodied, deep, rich, and powerful, with sweet tannins and loads of fruit concentration. Anticipated maturity: Now-2020. Last tasted, 11/02.

Score: 96 Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003

 

Score: 96 Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (3), November 1998

Tasted at the Amuse Bouche offline in Hong Kong. I thought in the melee of bottles this was overlooked, perhaps because everyone knows that it is a great wine. It is consistent with previous notes: beautifully defined on its vivacious nose, wonderful symmetry and tension on the palate. It is one of those bottles that can get lost when so much is going on around it, because it is such a subtle Margaux, there is no need to show off. Tasted November 2011.

Score: 96 Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, January 2012

 

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Bewertung Jahrgang 1984 Robert Parker 87 von 100 Punkten WS 85 von 100 Punkten

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Bewertung Jahrgang 1985 Robert Parker 95 von 100 Punkten WS 90 von 100 Punkten

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Approaching full maturity, this beautiful sweet Château Margaux has a dense plum/purple colour and a huge, sweet nose of black currants intermixed with licorice, toast, underbrush, and flowers. Medium to full-bodied with supple tannin and a fleshy, juicy, very succulent and multilayered mid-palate, this expansive, velvety wine has entered its plateau of maturity, where it should remain (assuming good storage) for at least another 10-15 years. A very delicious, seductive, and opulent Château Margaux to drink over the next two decades.

Score: 95 Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003

While not as powerful and concentrated as the 1986, 1983, or 1982, the 1985 Margaux is more charming and, at present, more complex than those more backward vintages. The color is a healthy dark ruby/purple. The seductive nose offers copious quantities of lavishly ripe black berry and cassis fruit intermixed with toasty oak and floral scents. This rich, expansive, and velvety-textured wine has developed more length, and additional flavor dimensions over the last several years. It has always been a remarkably approachable and enjoyable wine, but it appears to be taking on more character and quality than I ever imagined. It is one of the most delicious and seductively opulent Margauxs of the last two decades. I consistently underestimated this wine when young. It gets better every time I re-taste it, which happens with increasing frequency

Score: 94 Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (3), November 1998

Tasted at the Claret Club -85 Dinner at -The Square-. Chateau Margaux remains one of the most compelling, indeed most delicious First Growths. Deeper in colour than its peers, there bouquet is vibrant and vivacious with succulent red fruits, date, a touch of iodine and violets and as before, further aeration reveals those classic pencil lead aromas. The palate is exquisitely balanced, focused and powerful and yet brilliant defined with a sublime talcum finish, a hint of exotic fruit on the finish. Divine. Drink now-2025+ Tasted December 2009.

Score: 96 Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, May 2010
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Bewertung Jahrgang 1986 Robert Parker 98 von 100 Punkten WS 98 von 100 Punkten

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A magnificent example of Château Margaux and one of the most tannic, backward Margaux of the last 50 years, the 1986 continues to evolve at a glacial pace. The colour is still a dense ruby/purple with just a hint of lightening at the rim. With several hours of aeration, the aromatics become striking, with notes of smoke, toast, crème de cassis, mineral, and white flowers. Medium to full-bodied, with high but sweet tannin, great purity, and a very masculine , full-bodied style, this wine should prove nearly immortal in terms of its aging potential. It is beginning to budge from its infantile stage and approach adolescence. Anticipated maturity:2008-2050.

Score: 98 Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003

The 1986 Margaux continues to be the most powerful, tannic, and muscular Margaux made in decades. One wonders if the 1928 or 1945 had as much power and depth as the 1986? The black/ruby/purple color reveals no sign of age. The reluctant nose offers up aromas of smoky, toasty new oak and black currants, as well as a few flowers. The wine is mammoth, with extraordinary extract, superb balance, and a frightfully tannic finish. This is a Margaux of immense stature, made in a masculine, full-bodied style that is in complete contrast to the 1990. It should prove nearly immortal in terms of aging potential, but will it have the awesome potential I first predicted? Anticipated maturity: 2000-2050. Last tasted 12/96

Score: 96+ Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (3), November 1998

The 1986 Chateau Margaux is one of the dark horses of the vintage. It has an exquisite bouquet that is now fully mature, with a mixture of red and black fruit, violets, pastilles and hints of cold stone. It blossoms in the glass, gaining intensity all the time. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, a more robust Margaux as you would expect given the vintage, clearly with firm backbone, more straight-laced than the 1985 or 1989. Yet there is wonderful delineation and focus here. If you seek strictness and classicism in a wine, then this is the place to come, plus there is superb mineralité and tension on the ferrous finish. Perhaps a little overlooked in recent years, the 1986 Margaux comes highly recommended for those who love the property. This is a wine finally coming of age. Drink 2016-2040.

Score: 97 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (228), December 2016

Bright, youthful-looking crimson. The most notably thing about this wine is its dramatically opulent, almost spicy, nose. This is very fruity, fine, elegant wine that is so concentrated, almost brutal, it is very far from the Margaux stereotype. There is no shortage of subtlety, however. This is probably the second most successful left bank 1986.Drink 2005-2015Date tasted 23rd Sep 02

Score: 18.5 Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, August 2005

 

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Bewertung Jahrgang 1987 Robert Parker 86 von 100 Punkten WS 87 von 100 Punkten

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Bewertung Jahrgang 1988 Robert Parker 93 von 100 Punkten WS 95 von 100 Punkten

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93/100 PP

"The 1988 Chateau Margaux is a wine that was always overshadowed by the succeeding pair of vintages and like many 1988s, appeared rather conservative and lacked flair. However, I was gobsmacked by the performance of this wine at 28 years of age. Deep and clean in color, the bouquet is quintessentially Chateau Margaux with blackberry, potpourri, cedar and violets. It has wonderful clarity. The palate is medium-bodied, fresh as a daisy on the entry with a killer line of acidity that offsets those vibrant black and red fruits. There is energy here, vivacity, as if this Château Margaux suddenly realized its true potential after all these years. While it does not possess the length of the 1989 or 1990, there is such pleasure bound into this wine that you care little about that. Maybe I underestimated this wine for many years or perhaps it is a simple case of a "late bloomer." While the 1988 might not belong in the top echelons of releases from this First Growth, it might be considered the undiscovered gem of that prosperous decade for the chateau. Tasted May 2016."
(Neal Martin, robertparker.com)

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Bewertung Jahrgang 1989 Robert Parker 90 von 100 Punkten WS 95 von 100 Punkten

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95/100 WS

90/100 PP

"Dwarfed by its younger sibling, the 1990, the 1989 Chateau Margaux has a dark plum/garnet color and a big, sweet nose of new saddle leather, toasty oak, and weedy black cherry and cassis fruit. The wine is medium-bodied, with relatively elevated tannins, outstanding concentration and purity, but a somewhat clipped as well as compressed finish. This certainly outstanding wine has put on a bit of weight in its evolution in the bottle, but it is hardly one of the most profound efforts from Chateau Margaux. Anticipated maturity: 2006-2025."
(Robert M. Parker, Jr.)

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Bewertung Jahrgang 1990 Robert Parker 100 von 100 Punkten WS 98 von 100 Punkten

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RP100

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
For me, the 1990 Margaux continues to be the quintessential example of this chateau. In addition to being profoundly concentrated, its ethereal bouquet of sweet black fruits, cedar, spices, flowers, smoke, and vanilla is remarkably well-formed and intense. In the mouth, there is not a hard edge to this classic wine, which is super-concentrated, soft, silky-textured, and opulent. It displays an opaque ruby/purple color, a compelling bouquet, and exquisite layers of flavors that cascade over the palate without any notion of toughness or coarseness. The acidity is low, although sufficient enough to provide vibrancy and focus. This wine's significant tannin level is remarkably well-concealed by the wealth of fruit. Although still an infant in terms of development, this fabulous Margaux is already drinkable. There have been so many great vintages of Margaux under the Mentzelopoulos regime that it is almost inconceivable that the 1990 could outrank the 1982, 1983, 1985, 1986, and 1995, but, in my opinion, it possesses an extra-special dimension. While it is approachable, it will last for 25-30 years.
WS 96
Wine Spectator
A stunner, with a glorious aromatic display of mulled plum, blackberry and cherry notes seamlessly melded with rooibos tea, singed balsa wood and ground vanilla bean accents. The structure is so fine-grained that it's almost hard to find, but the marathonesque length shows it's there. As gorgeous as it is, this remains a hair behind the modern greats in terms of concentration. Still, it should hold at this peak for some time. Awfully close to the '89, but sometimes we have to split hairs.
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Bewertung Jahrgang 1991 Robert Parker 88 von 100 Punkten WS 85 von 100 Punkten

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88

"Margaux's 1991 is a candidate for "wine of the vintage." It reveals a deep ruby color, and a tight but promising nose of rich cassis, licorice, and toasty new oak. Dense, medium to full-bodied, with plenty of depth, it possesses moderate tannin and a long, rich finish. Anticipated maturity: 1996-2007. A bigger, more powerful wine than Margaux's 1987, it is close in quality to the estate's 1988."

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Bewertung Jahrgang 1992 Robert Parker 87 von 100 Punkten WS 82 von 100 Punkten

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Score: 87 Points 

Deep ruby with some purple nuances, this wine offers up relatively light, somewhat muted notes of cassis, licorice, and new oak. In the mouth, the wine is medium-bodied, soft, fully mature, with surprising elegance and purity. The finish is a bit short, but nevertheless, this is another very impressive wine from a vintage that requires consumption over the next 4-5 years. Anticipated maturity: Now-2009. Last tasted, 10/02.

 

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Bewertung Jahrgang 1993 Robert Parker 88 von 100 Punkten WS 90 von 100 Punkte

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In a difficult vintage, Château Margaux produced a relatively mid-weight, soft, richly fruity wine with some hints of weedy tobacco in the aromas and flavours of this dark plum-coloured wine. The wine is medium bodied, reaching full maturity,and has a surprising depth, ripeness, and sweetness for a wine from such a horrific year. Anticipated maturity:now-2010.

Score: 88 Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003

 

Score: 89 Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (3), November 1998

An excellent dark ruby/purple color accompanies a soft, smoky, blackcurrant-scented wine. Although round, generous, sexy, and alluring, the 1993 does nor possesses enough length to justify an outstanding score, but I would not be surprised to see that develop with another 2-3 years of bottle age. It is a beautifully made, elegant, rich style of Margaux was that can be drunk now, or cellared for 15+ years.

Score: 89 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (109), February 1997
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Bewertung Jahrgang 1994 Robert Parker 91+ von 100 Punkten WS 90 von 100 Punkten

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This largely forgotten vintage seems to have turned the corner in the last year or two. Because of strict selections made at the top châteaux, the wines always had density, but the level of tannin was frequently too high and the type of tannin was more green and astringent. Château Margaux's 1994 has always been one of the candidates for the "wine of the vintage." The wine still has a dense plum/purple colour and a big, sweet nose of black fruits intermixed with licorice, camphor, vanilla and a hint of flowers. The wine is dense and powerful, but the tannins have softened and do not seem as hard and intrusive as they did in the late 1990's. This wine will last for decades and hopefully become even more seamless, although it is hard to believe all the tannin will gradually dissipate. Anticipated maturity:2008-2025.

Score: 91+ Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003

 

Score: 92 Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (3), November 1998

Chateau Margaux was one of the last estates to bottle their 1994, hoping to be a classic, long-lived Margaux. The opaque purple color is followed by this estate's tell-tale aromas of flowers, blackcurrants, licorice, and smoky oak. This dense, powerful, closed wine is a true vin de gard. It needs a decade of cellaring, but it should last for 25-35 years. Readers may find this wine reminiscent of the 1988, only riper and more powerful. Ancicipated maturity : 2005-2030.

Score: 92 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (109), February 1997
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Bewertung Jahrgang 1995 Robert Parker 95 von 100 Punkten WS 100 von 100 Punkten

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The 1995 has continued to flesh out, developing into one of the great classics made under the Mentzelopoulos regime. The colour is opaque ruby/purple. The nose offers aromas of licorice and sweet smoky new oak intermixed with jammy black fruits, licorice, and minerals. The wine is medium to full-bodied, with extraordinary richness, fabulous equilibrium, and hefty tannin in the finish. In spite of its large size and youthfulness, this wine is user-friendly and accessible. This is a thrilling Margaux that will always be softer and more evolved than its broader shouldered sibling, the 1996. How fascinating it will be to follow the evolution of both of these vintages over the next half century. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2040

Score: 95 Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003

 

Score: 95 Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (3), November 1998

Bottled very late (November, 1997), the 1995 has continued to flesh out, developing into one of the great classics made under the Mentzelopoulos regime. The color is opaque ruby/purple. The nose offers aromas of licorice and sweet smoky new oak intermixed with jammy black fruits, licorice, and minerals. The wine is medium to full-bodied, with extraordinary richness, fabulous equilibrium, and hefty tannin in the finish. In spite of its large size and youthfulness, this wine is user-friendly and accessible. This is a thrilling Margaux that will always be softer and more evolved than its broader-shouldered sibling, the 1996. How fascinating it will be to follow the evolution of both of these vintages over the next half century

Score: 95 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (115), February 1998

Dark color. Black licorice, coffee, currants and black olives. Complex nose. A full-bodied, chewy blockbuster of a wine that is not giving anything at all away. It is like buried treasure still; you have to search for the gold. And it's there. Fabulous. Please give this time.--'95/'96 Bordeaux retrospective. Best after 2014. 18,000 cases made

Score: 100 James Suckling, Wine Spectator, January 2007

Looks quite a bit more mature than the 1996 on the nose - even if there is still quite a tannic charge. Mellow, well evolved nose. Round and silky and already quite drinkable. Lovely and balanced. Very fresh. Elegant and polished. Great to drink now even though there is still some fine tannin. Mid weight. Pretty dry finish. Anthony Hanson thought the 1995 was less evolved than the 1996 but Michael Broadbent and I disagreed on that. Drink 2009 - 2020. Date tasted 11th Apr 08.

Score: 17.5 Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2008
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Bewertung Jahrgang 1996 Robert Parker 99 von 100 Punkten WS 98 von 100 Punkten

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The 1996 Chateau Margaux, a blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc, must be a strong contender for wine of the vintage. It offers everything you desire from this First Growth. It is blessed with breathtaking delineation and freshness on the nose, understated at first and then blossoming with mineral-infused black fruit, hints of blueberry, crushed stone and violet. The palate is perfectly balanced with filigree tannin, perfect acidity, a wine where everything seems to be in its right place. Blackberry, crushed stone at the front of the mouth, just a touch of spice towards the finish that shows supreme control. This is a Margaux that seems to light up the senses. It was outstanding in its youth...something that has not changed one bit over the intervening two decades. This may well turn out to be the Left Bank pinnacle of the 1990s. Drink 2016-2050. Tasted July 2016.

Score: 100 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (227), October 2016

The 1996 Château Margaux is undoubtedly one of the great classics produced under the Mentzelopoulos regime. In many respects, it is the quintessential Château Margaux, as well as the paradigm for this estate, combining measured power, extraordinary elegance, and admirable complexity. In short, it's a beauty! The colour is opaque purple. The wine offers extraordinarily pure notes of blackberries, cassis, toast and flowers, gorgeous sweetness, a seamless personality, and full body, with nothing out of place. The final blend(85%Cabernet Sauvignon, 10%Merlot, and the rest Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc)contains the highest percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon since 1986.This wine has shut down, yet the fruit remains exceptionally sweet and pure. Moreover, there are layers of flavour in the mouth and a surreal lightness/elegance in spite of the wine's obvious power and density. Is it capable of surpassing the quality of the 2000, 1995,1990,1986,1983,and 1982?Time will tell. Personally, I prefer the opulence and viscosity of the 1990 from a purely hedonistic standpoint, but I do believe this wine will develop an extraordinary perfume and possess the same level of richness as most concentrated vintages Margaux has produced. It is one of the strongest candidates for the wine of the vintage. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2045.

Score: 99 Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003

THE 1996 Chateau Margaux, which was bottled in September 1998 is undoubtedly one of the great classics produced under the Mentzelopoulos regime. In many respects, it is the quintessential Chateau Margaux, as well as the paradigm for the estate, combining measured power, extraordinary elegance, and admirable complexity. I tasted the wine of three separate occasions in January, and in short, it’s a beauty! The colour is opaque purple. The wine offers extraordinary pure notes of blackberries, cassis, pain grillé, and flowers, gorgeous sweetness, a seamless personality, and full body with nothing out of place. The final blend (85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, and the rest Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc) contains the highest percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon since the 1986. Both Corinne Mentzelopoulos and administrator Paul Pontallier claim they prefer it to 1995 which is saying something given how fabulous that wine has turned out. When tasted side by side, the 1996 does taste more complete and longer, although just as backward. My instincts suggest this wine will shut down, but at present it is open-knit, tasting like a recently bottled wine. The fruit is exceptionally sweet and pure, and there are layers of flavour in the mouth. I posed the question last year as to whether it was capable of surpassing the quality of the 1995, 1190, 1986, 1983, and 1982? Time will tell. Personally, I prefer the opulence and viscosity of the 1990 from a purely hedonistic standpoint, but I do believe this wine will develop an extraordinary perfume, and possess the same level of richness as the most concentrated vintages Margaux has produced. It is one of the strongest candidates for the wine of the vintage. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2040.

Score: 99 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (122), April 1999

The 1996 is a modern day legend. This wine, a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot, achieved a natural alcohol of nearly 13%. The wine's acidity is low, largely because the estate harvested the Cabernet Sauvignon extremely late, not completing the harvest until mid-October. The wine, which was the single greatest wine I tasted from the 1996 vintage in Spring 1997, continues to give every indication of being one of the all-time great clarets from this renowned wine region. The dense opaque purple colour possesses a thick, unctuous texture. The nose offers celestial aromas of cassis, vanillan, and intriguing blackberry and floral scents in the background. Despite ageing in 100% new oak, the fruit dominates the wine, with the oak offering a minor background nuance. In the mouth, this wine is massive, but not heavy, with extraordinary richness, perfect precision and equilibrium, an opulent texture and remarkably well-integrated tannin, acidity and alcohol. Revealing dazzling sweetness at present, the 1996 may be the finest Chateau Margaux I have tasted in the 2 decades I have been visiting this property.Can it surpass the quality of the 1990, 1986, 1983 and 1982, not to mention the fabulous 1995? Anticipated maturuty: 2006-2040. Last tasted 3/98.

Score: 98/100 Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (3), November 1998

First bottle: Quite light rim. Suggestion of TCA. But very lively - very dry on the finish. Lots of exciting flavours though.
Second bottle: Minty sweet nose. Transparent. Chewy, dusty tannins. Slightly hot finish. Very pinched tannins on the finish. Drink 2008-18

Score: 17.5 Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, September 2006
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Margaux 1997 wir von Robert Parker mit 90 von 100 Punkten bewertet, Wein enthält Sulfide
 
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RP 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Undoubtedly a success for the vintage, this immensely charming, dark ruby/purple-colored wine exhibits floral, black currant, and smoky, toasty oak aromas. There is admirable richness, excellent ripeness, not a great deal of density, or superb concentration, but plenty of finesse, suppleness, and character.

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Bewertung Jahrgang 1998 Robert Parker 91 von 100 Punkten WS 90 von 100 Punkten

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The 1998 Margaux is taking on a character reminiscent of the 1988 vintage. The colour is dense ruby/purple.The wine is tannic and austere, but elegant, with notes of asphalt,blackberries, acacia flowers, and sweet, toasty oak.Subtle, rich, nicely textured, and medium bodied, it is built for the long haul.Anticipated maturity:2008-2030

Score: 91+ Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003

 

Score: 91+ Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (134), April 2001

 

Score: 91/93 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (128), April 2000

 

Score: 90/92 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (122), April 1999

A deep garnet core with deep brick rim. The nose has moderate intensity, not the exuberance and exhilaration of the Haut-Brion, but expressive, with notes of blackberry, tar, a touch of leather and bilberry. What it does not have is Margaux's signature aroma of violets - this is more reserved and masculine. The palate is medium-bodied, quite peppery upon entry with good acidity and balance, yet missing the femininity and the finesse that marks out say the 1999 or the 2001. The finish is quite dry, perhaps a little dour compared to other Chateau Margaux. Tasted March 2008.

Score: 94 Neal Martin, January 2000
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Score: 94 Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003

The sexy, dark plum/purple-colored 1999 Margaux is already revealing complex aromatics. This surprisingly charming and round offering is reminiscent of a vintage such as 1985. Although neither a blockbuster nor a heavyweight, it grows in the mouth revealing tremendous length as well as purity. Administrator Paul Pontallier prefers it to the more austere 1998, as do I. This is an archetypical Chateau Margaux of richness, finesse, balance, and symmetry. It can be drunk young, but promises to age nicely for two decades. Extrapolating backwards, it would probably have something in common with the underrated 1962 Medocs.

Score: 94 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (140), April 2002

Approximately 38% of the production made it into the 1999 Chateau Margaux. A dense ruby/purple-colored offering, it possesses extraordinary balance as well as a classic, disarming bouquet of blackberries, truffles, licorice, and smoke. A quintessential Margaux, this seductive, sexy yet beautifully balanced effort displays impeccably integrated acidity, tannin, and alcohol. It will be atypically delicious young, yet will age for 2-3 decades. Anticipated maturity: 2004-2025.

Score: 92/94 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (134), April 2001

The wine reveals the vintage's flamboyant side in its sweet, blackberry, and cassis-scented nose. With airing, spicy vanillin and toast notes also emerge. Soft and full-bodied, there is admirable density behind the wine's superficial display of charm. The vintage's high sugars have resulted in nearly 13% alcohol. This offering will be drinkable young, yet last for 20+ years.

Score: 92/94 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (128), April 2000

A tight and silky red, with lots to offer?currant, tobacco and cherry character, medium to full body, fine tannins and a long, long finish. Just needs time. Best after 2006.

  James Suckling, Wine Spectator (31/3/2), March 2002

 

Score: 92 James Suckling, Wine Spectator, March 2002

 

Score: 90/94 James Suckling, Wine Spectator

Scented, biscuit, sweet nose. Exciting. Real energy here. There's a hint of milk chocolate and slightly dry tannins but it would make a good bottle to drink now. Drink 2007-2030. Date tasted 25th June 09.

Score: 17.5+ Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, September 2009

 

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Absolutely compelling in two tastings of this vintage, the 2000 Margaux is composed of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot. The extraordinary seductiveness, complex aromatics, and purity it exhibits lead me to believe it has reached its window of full maturity. Medium-bodied, with layers of concentration, stunning blue, red, and black fruits intermixed with spring flowers, a subtle dosage of new oak, and a distinctive personality that is elegant while at the same time powerful and substantial, this is a multi-dimensional wine that was extremely approachable and drinkable in both tastings I had of it. The color remains a healthy, even opaque bluish/purple, but there is no reason to hesitate to drink it. It should evolve for another 30-40 years, so there is no hurry either.

Score: 100 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (189), June 2010

Tasted blind, the 2000 Chateau Margaux was a reminder of the peaks that the millennial vintage could reach. Noticeably deep in color, the bouquet rivets you to the seat with copious red berry fruit, clove and truffle, hints of cedar emerging with time. As the aromatics open and aerate, the fruit profile seems to darken and manifests blackcurrants and bilberries. The palate is medium-bodied with filigree tannin. There is immense depth and symmetry conveyed by this First Growth, quite masculine for the estate with a gentle but insistent grip. It is a brilliant wine that flirts with perfection. Afford it another 3-4 years if you can, because it will last decades. Drink 2020-2060.

Score: 99 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (229), February 2017

Perfect Bordeaux that's muscular yet classy. Breathtaking flavours of licorice, berry and cherry, with spice and mineral notes.

Score: 100 James Suckling, Wine Spectator, July 2003

 

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Performing well from bottle, Chateau Margaux’s 2001, which is somewhat reminiscent of both the 1985 and 1999, is an elegant, seamlessly constructed effort with a deep ruby/purple color, and a beautiful nose of flowers, creme de cassis, blackberries, and cedar. A blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot, and 4% Cabernet Franc, this forward, opulent beauty can be drunk now or cellared for 15-20 years. This is one of the most elegant wines of the vintage.

Score: 93 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (153), June 2004

A Cabernet Sauvignon-based offering (82%Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 7% Petit verdot, 4%Cabernet Franc), the 2001 Margaux is the result of a severe selection (35% of the crop made it into the grand vin)A deep ruby colour is followed by aromas of sweet cassis fruit intermixed with licorice and subtle toasty oak.Elegant concentration and tannin. With beautiful balance as well as low acidity, it will be drinkable young.Anticipated maturity:2005-2018

Score: 91/93 Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003

 

Score: 91/93 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (146), April 2003

 

Score: 91/93 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (140), April 2002

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. Tasted May 2016.

Score: 94 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (227), October 2016

 

Score: 92/94 James Suckling, Wine Spectator

Mid crimson. Lots of shading at the rim. Luscious and meaty on the nose. Pretty dry but vigorous, brisk tannins. Thick and dense and contained – promises well for the future. Latour? Packed full of energy.

Score: 18 Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, October 2007
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This was the finest performance by this wine that I have seen since it was released. I did not expect the 2003 Chateau Margaux to show this well in a vintage where the southern part of the Medoc was clearly less impressive than the north. However, it is a beautiful, dark plum/purple-tinged effort with sensational aromatics, a full-bodied mouthfeel, and a youthfulness, precision and freshness that belie what one generally associates with this vintage. It can be drunk now and over the next 15-20 years. Kudos to Chateau Margaux. Drink 2014-2034

Score: 98 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (214), August 2014

 

Score: 99 Robert Parker, Hedonists Gazette, May 2007

Am I being too stingy with the 2003 Chateau Margaux? A wine of extraordinary complexity and intensity, it reveals a deep purple color, a style not unlike the 1990 Margaux (possibly even more concentrated), a velvety texture, and notes of spring flowers interwoven with camphor, melted licorice, creme de cassis, and pain grille. Not a blockbuster, it offers extraordinary intensity as well as a surreal delicacy/lightness. There is riveting freshness to this offering, which tips the scales at a lofty (for this estate) 13.5% alcohol, as well as an alluring sweetness and accessibility. It probably will tighten up over the next few years. Nevertheless, it is a profound Chateau Margaux that brings to mind a hypothetical blend of the 1982 and 1990. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2035.

Score: 99 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (164), April 2006

An extraordinary wine and undeniably one of the great wines of the Medoc, and qualitatively a wine that towers over what other estates produced in the appellation of Margaux, the 2003 Chateau Margaux is made in a style that almost mirrors Lafite Rothschild in 2003. Last year I thought it could represent a hypothetical blend of the 1990 and 1996, but the wine has taken on even more opulence and seductiveness in an almost atypical but still fragrant, elegant, classic Chateau Margaux personality. Dense ruby/purple to the rim with an extraordinary floral nose intermixed with blackberries, cassis, mineral, licorice, and some vanilla, the wine is dense, opulent, voluptuously textured, with wonderful sweetness (reminiscent of 1982 and 1990 in that sense), low acidity, but tremendous concentration and an almost seamless integration of all components – alcohol, tannin, new wood, and acidity. This is truly sumptuous stiff that should drink reasonably well young after 4 or 5 years in the bottle and age for 30+ years. Bravo!

Score: 96/100 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (158), April 2005

In an appellation that was not nearly as homogeneous in quality as Pauillac and St.-Estephe, manager Paul Pontallier has produced a prodigious 2003 Chateau Margaux that, qualitatively, towers over all the other Margaux estates. From yields of only 30 hectoliters per hectare, it includes 45% of the total crop, and spiritually as well as stylistically, represents a hypothetical blend of the 1990 and 1996. Opaque purple-colored, with an extraordinary perfume of spring flowers, blueberries, black currants, licorice, and vanillin, this 2003 exhibits an opulent texture, tremendous structure as well as definition, and an ethereal lightness of being despite its prodigious concentration. As the wine sits in the glass, notions of white chocolate and flowers come forth. The attack suggests the 1990, but the finish recalls the 1996. Phenomenally pure, and medium to full-bodied, but surprisingly light in terms of its palate impression, its aftertaste lasts well beyond one minute. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2040.

Score: 96/100 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (152), April 2004

Ultraconcentrated. Plenty of fruit, mineral and meat character. Full-bodied yet refined and classy. Cashmere. Superb.

Score: 98 James Suckling, Wine Spectator, February 2006

Very rich and decadent for Margaux. Full-bodied, with a solid core of sweet and silky tannins and a long, long finish. This is very racy and rich, with a fabulous velvety texture. Goes on and on. The most concentrated Margaux ever.

Score: 95/100 James Suckling, Wine Spectator (April 04), April 2004

Dark and lively crimson. Pretty classy nose – quite fresh. Really lovely balance on the palate. This wine manages to have sufficient fruit concentration and the tannins, amazingly, seem ripe – the first such instance in this tasting. BUT it tastes as though it could happily be drunk already which is pretty unusual for a first growth. Neat and pleasing finish.

Score: 18 Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, February 2008

 

Score: 18 Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com (April 04), April 2004
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The supple-textured 2004 Chateau Margaux is reminiscent of the 2001 or 1999. It exhibits a superb blue/purple color to the rim as well as sweet aromas of flowers, blueberries, creme de cassis, licorice, and smoke, superb fruit intensity, medium body, classic elegance, and silky, sweet tannin in the long finish. This beauty can be drunk now or cellared for two decades or more. Drink 2007-2027.

Score: 93 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (171), June 2007

The 2004 Chateau Margaux, which has put on weight since I tasted it a year ago, is a superb example of why in certain cool, late ripening vintages, the en primeur tastings are easily 4-6 weeks too soon. At the January, 2006 tasting, the wine exhibited a gorgeous nose of licorice, white flowers, black currant liqueur, and subtle new oak. This aromatic, medium to full-bodied, superbly concentrated Margaux reminds me of a lighter version of the 1996. Precise, extremely well-delineated, beautifully pure, and, as the French would say, tres Margaux, it should be at its apogee between 2009-2028.

Score: 92/94 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (165), June 2006

The 2004 is a streamlined, graceful example of Chateau Margaux with a deep plum/ruby/purple color and attractive black currant fruit intermixed with notions of white flowers, oak, and cherries. Rigidly constructed, with a lovely, medium-bodied texture, and tremendous purity, it will undoubtedly close down and need some time in the bottle. This beauty should be at its finest between 2010-2025.

Score: 92/95 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (158), April 2005

The 2004 Chateau Margaux has always been a promising wine and here, served blind against the First Growths, it finally proved that patience is necessary when it comes to such wines. It has an exquisite bouquet with brilliant delineation, scents of redcurrant, raspberry coulis, cold stone (almost flint-like) with pencil-lead and cedar lending it a Pauillac-like sense of aristocratic flair. The palate is extremely well balanced with a supple opening, nigh perfect acidity with a surprisingly citric undercurrent that lends so much freshness and tension. While it does not have the weight and power of say, 2000, 2005 or 2009, it cruises along with utmost harmony and you become smitten by its charms - something that is perhaps in short supply among the First Growths in this vintage. This is excellent. Tasted September 2016. Drink 2020-2050.

Score: 94 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (229), February 2017

A deep black/garnet colour. The nose has stupendous definition and clarity, with that ethereal sense of controlled power and intensity, scents of dark cherry, pencils shavings and cedar all with wonderful definition and focus. The palate is medium-bodied, superb acidity, quite austere with cedar and tobacco, fine tannins, quite sharp and a little earthy on the finish. This is just a baby but should be considered a great success for the vintage. Drink 2012-2030. Tasted November 2009.

Score: 95 Neal Martin, RobertParker.com (June 10), June 2010

Subtle and complex aromas of crushed raspberry, milk chocolate and cigar box. Full-bodied, silky and refined, with layers of fruit and seductive tannins. Very long. A Margaux with finesse and reserve. Best after 2011.

Score: 93 James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, January 2007

Muscular and powerful. Superlong. Gorgeous aromas of blackberries, minerals and currants. Full-bodied and solid, with muscular tannins and a long, long finish. This is really balanced and refined. Gorgeous. Paul Pontallier, the technical director, says that it reminds him of the 1996, but may be even better; a blend of 1995 and 1996. Is he right? Maybe. Very close to 95-100

  James Suckling, Wine Spectator (April 05), April 2005

 

Score: 92/94 James Suckling, Wine Spectator (April 50), April 2005

Very deep crimson. Very concentrated, very fine nose, very Margaux. Fresh, lively, dancing yet dense with lovely lift. Lightly mineral, bone dry finish. Very solid and very long term.... This was the only 2004 sample I actually ran out of because I was so keen to taste it. Wonderfully complete.

Score: 19 Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, September 2005
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It is worth noting that when the bottled 2006 Chateau Margaux, which appeared closed and less impressive than I had predicted from barrel, was retasted alongside the remarkable 2008, I elevated my score to 94+. It does not possess the size or power of the 2008 or 2005, but the 2006 exhibits impressive density, a deeper color, and the beautifully textured, pure style that is a hallmark of this estate. Moreover, it is relatively precocious, and can be drunk now or cellared for 25+ years.

Score: 94+ Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (182), April 2009

I was hoping the 2006 Chateau Margaux would turn out along the lines of the 1996, but that is not the case. It appears to be the least of the first-growth Medocs in 2006. The color is a medium dark ruby that lightens at the rim, and the bouquet offers classic, but evolved Margaux aromas of sweet currants, licorice, forest floor, and earth. Medium-bodied with dry tannin in the finish, it does not possess the profound concentration found in the truly sublime vintages of Chateau Margaux (i.e., 2005, 2000, 1996, 1990, 1983, and 1982). This mid-weight effort requires 5-7 years of cellaring, and should age for 20-25 years.

Score: 93 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (181), February 2009

The strictest selection ever instituted at this estate resulted in only 36% of the crop being utilized for the blend of 2006 Chateau Margaux. Composed of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot, it is similar to the 1996, but with sweeter, more seductive fruit in the nose. A big, tannic, dense effort displaying terrific purity, power, elegance, and a distinctive mineral/flower component, it is a medium to full-bodied wine of great nobility that should be at its finest between 2017-2050+.

Score: 93/95 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (170), April 2007

The 2006 Château Margaux has a sense of airiness and wonderful definition on the nose: wild strawberry, redcurrant, cedar and crushed roses soaring from the glass, but it never strives for the opulence of say the 2006 Château Palmer. The palate is very well balanced with fine and quite firm tannin in the mouth. This seems to be approaching its plateau after a decade. While not a powerful or ostentatious Château Margaux, it epitomizes understatement and refinement in a similar vein to Lafite-Rothschild. It is only after the wine has been swallowed that you appreciate its qualities and you feel urged to go back for another sip.

Score: 94 Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, May 2016

Tasted at Margaux. Representing just 36% of the crop and consisting of a whopping 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, the highest proportion ever, this is a bold, masculine Château Margaux. A limpid purple/black hue. The nose is tight with blackberry and blueberries, harmonious with night on perfect acidity. Firm grip, cedar and a touch of graphite, yet I find this to be an exemplary expression of Cabernet, rather than an exemplary expression of Château Margaux, the latter being the greater. Like Latour, just missing that explosion of fruit on the finish. A superb wine, but handicapped by under-performing Merlot. Tasted April 2007.

Score: 94/96 Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, April 2007

Very powerful and rich. Fantastic. Full, silky and structured. Yet layered and rich, with loads of mineral, violet and coffee character. Incredible. So much finesse in the nose. What a wine. Similar to the 1995, which received 100 points

Score: 95/100 James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, March 2007

Vibrant crimson. Toasty yet floral, scented nose. Lovely balance and sprightly Margaux character. Dry finish but on the way there it's lovely and dancing and polished. Transparent and delightfully balanced. Lots of ripe tannins on the finish. A very successful 2006.Drink 2014-2030.Date tasted 8th May 09.

Score: 18+ Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, May 2009

36% of total crop went into this grand vin, with just 4% Merlot. The strength is 13% ("we never want to make more alcohol than this" according to Paul Pontallier.) 3.37 TA, 5 in tarartic, pH 3.7, IPT 71 (IPT in 2000 was 70).
Mid crimson. SO much riper and more appetising and fuller than the Pavillon Rouge on the nose! Pretty complete already with lovely balance and lift, though the acidity is certainly notable, even if the tannins are wonderfully mellow. Very polite and unforced. Dancing - reminds Paul Pontallier of 1996 with a little less density but just as much charm. Very Margaux. This is the Cabernet of Margaux (not of Pauillac NB...) Graceful though only for certain palates. Follows through. Great line, as the Australians would say. Quite distinctive and much much more delicate than the early vintages of Margaux from the new regime here in the 1980s. Very fresh and elegant - quite a gamble in a way. Very, very fine tannins. Bone dry. Will always be in elegant idiom.

Score: 18+ Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2007

Good deep red-ruby. Deep but reticent aromas of redcurrant, tobacco leaf, licorice and loam; I don't find the typical floral high notes of Margaux. Juicy, fine-grained and suave, with good definition and a seamless, spherical texture to the currant and soil flavors. Finishes with a fine dusting of tannins, but not the grip or power of earlier barrel samples of this wine.

Score: 93 Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, May 2009

Bright ruby-red. Blueberry, boysenberry and violet on the pure nose. Lively and minerally on entry, then really expands in the middle palate to show terrific density with any loss of clarity. Wonderfully classy, vibrant and long, with compelling subtle sweetness of fruit. Finishes with outstanding depth and length. Although this wine was fined in January and racked just a month before I tasted it, it was far easier to taste than was my earlier barrel sample last spring.

Score: 93/95 Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, June 2008

A good example of this stylish property. Violets on the nose backed by sweet, ripe cassis, concentrated richness with underneath a mineral purity and freshness giving brightness and elegance.

Score: 92/95 Derek Smedley MW, April 2007
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The elegant 2007 Chateau Margaux's purity, depth of fruit, and overall equilibrium are impressive. A dark ruby/purple color is accompanied by notes of spring flowers, black currants, and blackberries, a soft, lush, medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, and delicacy allied to impressive depth, texture, and length. Already drinkable, it should continue to offer exceptional pleasure for 15 or more years. Drink 2010-2025.

Score: 92 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (188), April 2010

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Score: 92/94 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (176), April 2008

Tasted blind at the 2007 Bordeaux horizontal in Southwold. The Chateau Margaux 2007 has a stoic, aristocratic bouquet of blackberry, cranberry leaf, graphite and smoke: very well defined and lifted with tobacco notes developing in the glass. Quintessential Pauillac. The palate has an understated entry with slightly degraded fruit, soft raspberry and cranberry, lovely well-integrated creamy oak with fine delineation and poise towards the finish that fades a little. The mouth is sensual compared to the nose.

Score: 93 Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, October 2011

Aromas of blackberry, black licorice and currant follow through to a medium-to-full body, with fine tannins and a long, sweet fruit finish. Balanced and perfumed. Very Burgundian and pretty

Score: 89/92 James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, April 2008

 

Score: 18 Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2008

Pretty purplish crimson. More obviously dry and ambitious than the Pavillon Rouge. Some real lift and intention here. Delicate and super charming – really aerien and wonderful dry minerally finish. Great lift and delicacy without being at all thin. All the ingredients came from the core of Ch Margaux terroir. Pontallier: ‘You couldn’t get any stricter. Pure pebbly soils facing the Gironde.’ Very pure indeed yet long. Real class and finesse. Very very delicate. Wonderfully typical of Margaux. ‘Mmm not Wow’, says Pontallier. He doesn’t expect 2007 to close like 05 will and 2001 already has done. Nice dry finish. The low key nature of 2007 seems to suit Ch Margaux.

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Bright red-ruby. Wonderfully floral, pure nose offers blueberry, cherry and violet. Juicy, spicy and classic, with berry, floral and spicy flavors that seem to vibrate in the mouth. This boasts remarkable inner-palate perfume. An extremely subtle and discreet wine with excellent balance, very good but not exceptional density, and lovely lingering perfume. The IPT here is a relatively modest 61 (compared, for example, to 78 in 2005 and 73 in 2003). Pontallier compared this to the estate's 2004-"only softer." If it puts on weight in barrel, it should ultimately merit a score at the high end of my range.

Score: 91/93 Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, June 2008

The sweet black fruits on the nose are underpinned by fresher red giving a lovely complexity. Rich, ripe and supple on the palate, the cassis is rich and concentrated beautifully balanced by lighter fragrant bilberry. A wine that has real purity and elegance, it seems almost approachable now

Score: 92/96 Derek Smedley MW, April 2008

Superb colour, nose of crushed red berry fruit, with all the depth but none of the hardness of Cabernet Sauvignon, very long, very pure fruit, a wine of great class that will open up young yet last well. Drink 2012-30. 5 stars.

Score: 18.5 Decanter Magazine, Decanter.com
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This is a stunning Chateau Margaux, made in a sexy, up-front, elegant style, with deep creme de cassis fruit intermixed with spring flowers, a solid inner core of richness and depth, but again, very sweet tannins as well as striking minerality and elegance. One of the most seductive Chateau Margauxs given its recent bottling, this blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, and the rest tiny quantities of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot should drink beautifully for the next 25-30 years. Remarkably, a mere 36% of the entire production was selected for the 2008 Chateau Margaux.

Score: 94 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (194), May 2011

This is a superb vintage for Chateau Margaux, and while it may be too early to say this, the 2008 appears superior to the 2007, 2006, 2004, 2003, 2002, and 2001. Only 36% of the crop was utilized and the yields were 40 hectoliters per hectare. An exceptionally late harvest for this estate began on October 3 for the Merlot, and finished on October 23. The final blend includes a whoppingly high 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, and dollops of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. As always, the first characteristic one notices is the extraordinary floral component as well as the sweet black currant fruit allied to full-bodied richness, sweet tannin, and superb freshness and delineation. In many ways, the 2008 is reminiscent of the 1996, but the former wine is showing even more density and concentration than the 1996 did at the same point in its evolution. The 2008, which appears set for 30-40 years of longevity, is a remarkable effort from this great estate.

Score: 95/97 Robert Parker, RobertParker.com (182), April 2009

The 2008 Château Margaux has an attractive bouquet of mulberry, red plum, briary, a hint of rose petal rather than its signature note of violets. It gains intensity with aeration, but to my surprise it feels quite forward for a 10-year old First Growth. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, quite Pauillac in style thanks to that graphite seam that surfaces towards the finish. It is a precise, classic Château Margaux that really delivers its intensity in the final quarter. I came away with the impression that it just does not quite slip from fourth to fifth gear. 2020 - 2045

Score: 94 Neal Martin, vinous.com, February 2018

Tasted ex-château and single blind in Southwold. Two bottles of the Château Margaux 2008 were opened, one showing a little more chutzpah than the other. It has an exuberant, mineral-rich bouquet with stunning delineation that soars from the glass with blackberry, limestone and cassis aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with filigree tannins. Great precision, beautifully integrated oak with a seamless finish as fresh as a daisy. Although it is surpassed by the 2009 and 2010, this is still a very precise, pretty Château Margaux. Tasted January 2012.

Score: 93 Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, January 2012

A blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot with 1.5% each of Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc, this has a comparatively introspective nose of black fruits, sous-bois, a touch of cigar box and a little graphite. Like the Pavillon, it has something of a Pauillac austerity to it. The palate is medium-bodied, very fine tannins, sensuous texture, less floral than usual, more broody and introspective, but understated and elegant on the finish. There is more tangible sous-bois character than usual, an enigmatic Château Margaux that could benefit from more depth and length. Tasted April 2009.

Score: 90/92 Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, April 2009

Currant, blackberry and mineral aromas lead to a solid core of fruit, with fine tannins and a long, clean finish. Refined and very, very pretty

Score: 90/93 James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, April 2009

87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot.Bright crimson. Rather opulent on the nose - hints of tobacco - and a little more burly and savoury than usual, perhaps because of less Merlot flesh. Dry start with the same backbone as the Pavillon Rouge. Firm, very fine tannins. No shortage of acidity. Mainly structure at the moment. Very clean but very youthful. Great freshness. Purity but I do feel we are tasting this too young. It should take on a bit more flesh. Very straight backed. Very fresh. Very embryonic.

Score: 17.5 Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2009

The fruit on the nose is sweet lots of lovely ripe flavours. Red fruits appear to dominate the
palate but behind there are richer black cassis and black cherry backed by liquorice. The
freshness that comes through towards the back gives the finish a flowing elegance. 2017-2030

Score: 95 Derek Smedley MW, November 2012

The fragrances on the nose are more red fruited than black, all quite discreet. The suppleness of the tannins emphasises the richness and power, fleshy bramble and plum enriched by coffee and dark chocolate. The underlying streak of freshness gives brightness and length of finish.

Score: 93/97 Derek Smedley MW, April 2009

(87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 1.5% Cabernet Franc, 1.5% Petit Verdot; as a result of drastic selection, the final blend will represent only 31% of the crop at bottling time.) Good deep colour, very fine Cabernet red fruits with aromatic purity, precise and direct with a restrained quality, more violets than blackcurrants, more roses than black cherries, less dense than the Cabernets from Pauillac, fine firm fruit and terrific length show in time, less ripe at this stage than its peers in this vintage, all in finesse and purity. Drink 2018-35.

Score: 18 Steven Spurrier, Decanter Magazine, April 2009
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Bewertung Jahrgang 2009 Robert Parker 99 von 100 Punkten WS 100 von 100 Punkten

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In 2009, mother nature surpassed herself. She allowed the greatest terroirs, whatever their grape variety, to bring their fruit to exceptional ripeness, providing a wine of wonderful concentration, finesse, balance and freshness. The Cabernet has no equivalent other than 2005, but it is more tender. The only two batches of Merlot that were kept have no equivalent at all. As for the Cabernet Franc and the Petit Verdot, they performed at their highest levels.
Blend: 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot

Critical Acclaim

JS 100
James Suckling
The nose is out of this world, with lilacs, currants, blackberries, and blueberries. Full-bodied, with super silky tannins and savory fruit and amazing flavors of fine leather, blueberries, and sandalwood. The quality of the tannins are amazing, with creamy texture and bright acidity on the end. Such classic and classicism. Delicacy. Lasts for minutes on the palate. This is 13.2% alcohol. Best Margaux in bottle yet…will 2010 be as great? Try it in 2020.
RP 99
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A brilliant offering from the Mentzelopoulos family, once again their gifted manager, Paul Pontallier, has produced an uncommonly concentrated, powerful 2009 Chateau Margaux made from 87% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest primarily Merlot with small amounts of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. As with most Medocs, the alcohol here is actually lower (a modest 13.3%) than most of its siblings-. Abundant blueberry, cassis and acacia flower as well as hints of charcoal and forest floor aromas that are almost Burgundian in their complexity are followed by a wine displaying sweet, well-integrated tannins as well as a certain ethereal lightness despite the wine's overall size. Rich, round, generous and unusually approachable for such a young Margaux, this 2009 should drink well for 30-35+ years.
WE 98
Wine Enthusiast
A massive wine for Margaux, packed with tannins and ripe fruit. It has more Cabernet Sauvignon than usual, giving intense black currant flavors with enticing acidity balanced by the sweetness of the fruit. Ripe swathes of opulent fruit are also elegant and structured.
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WS 97
Wine Spectator
This offers gorgeously caressing fruit, with steeped plum, blackberry and red currant notes, finely embroidered with accents of rooibos and black tea, tobacco leaf, alder and sandalwood. Delivers loads of fruit, with the structure already melded into the core of fruit—but that's the vintage style. A stunner, though I still find the '10 a full step ahead. Best from 2018 through 2035.
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Bewertung Jahrgang 2002 Robert Parker 93 von 100 Punkten WS 92 von 100 Punkten

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Performing better from bottle than at any time in cask (which of course is the objective of great winemaking, isn’t it?), this wine reveals a dense ruby/purple color in a style somewhat reminiscent of the 1988 but with more power, concentration, and volume. It has a beautifully elegant nose of black fruits intermixed with truffle, flower, and oak. The wine is medium to full-bodied, dense, with wonderful precision, freshness, and a long, full-bodied finish with impressive levels of concentration. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2030.

Score: 93 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (158), April 2005

Weight-wise, the 2002 is reminiscent of the 1999 Margaux. However, the 2002, a blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot, and the rest Cabernet Franc, reveals some of the stylistic characteristics of the 1996, but without the power, density, and perfection of that great wine. The color is a healthy deep ruby/purple, and the aromas reveal notes of black currants, licorice, dried herbs, vanilla, and loamy soil. While it is medium-bodied, with noteworthy purity, elegance, and stature, it does not possess the extraordinary flavor dimensions, persistence, or surreal quality level found in the 2000, 1996, 1995, 1990, 1986, 1985, 1983, and 1982. Nevertheless, it is a lustrous effort from this noble estate so meticulously run by the Mentzelopoulos family and their brilliant administrator, Paul Pontallier. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2026

Score: 91/93 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (149), October 2003

Tasted blind at Farr's 2002 Bordeaux tasting. Very refined on the nose...definitely First Growth quality with a beautiful floral scent. Margaux? Black cherries, a touch of cassis, violets and wild hedgerow. Superb clarity. Ripe succulent entry, very pure and very harmonious with filigree tannins and a natural, graceful finish that belies its power. Tasted October 2009.

Score: 95 Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, October 2009

Drink 2010-17 Sweet and easy and round and digestible. Racy, with a very neat finish.

Score: 17 Jancis Robinson MW, Farr Tasting, October 2009
511,70 / Flasche(n) *
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Bewertung Jahrgang 2005 Robert Parker 98+ von 100 Punkten WS 100 von 100 Punkten

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The first-growth 2005 Château Margaux (85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot), a lavish fragrance of blackcurrants, velvety new saddle leather, spring flowers and spice soars from the glass. The wood is already totally concealed beneath the cascade of fruit in this medium to full-bodied, pure and majestic wine. This concentrated, dense, but nevertheless strikingly elegant, multi-layered wine has a finish of 45+ seconds. It builds incrementally to a crescendo and finale. This is a stunner that can be approached already, but promises to be better in another 5-10 years and last at least 25 or more years. Drink 2020-2050.

Score: 98+ Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (219), June 2015

Another celestial effort from Paul Pontallier and Corinne Mentzelopoulus, the 2005 Margaux, a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Merlot, boasts a dense opaque blue/purple color as well as an extraordinary bouquet of spring flowers, blueberries, black raspberries, creme de cassis, licorice, and, despite its having spent two years in 100% new wood, only a subtle touch of toasty oak. Although full-bodied, the wine seems light on its feet because of the silky tannins as well as the great gravel terroir from which it comes. Beautiful purity, length, and nobility define this modern day classic. Is it better than the 2000, 1996, 1990, or some of the vintages from the decade of the eighties? Who knows, but it is unquestionably one of the all-time great wines made at Chateau Margaux. This estate has produced only exceptional wines over the last three decades. The seamlessness of the 2005 suggests it will perform well early, but it should last for a half century or more. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2050+.

Score: 98+ Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (176), April 2008

The Château Margaux 2005 has a nigh perfect bouquet with brilliant precision and amazing focus: mainly black, mineral-soaked fruit that just gets more and more intense in the glass. That graphite element become more intense with aeration and renders it almost Pauillac in style. The palate is effortless with sumptuous ripe tannin, perfect acidity, layers of sensual ripe red fruit with a precise mineral finish. This is sheer class, a crystalline beauty and the persistence is simply breathtaking.

Score: 99 Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, February 2015

 

Score: 100 James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, February 2008

Unbelievable nose already. Incredible complexity of aromas, from wild raspberries to flowers and fresh mushrooms. Violets, currants. Love it. Full-bodied, with ultrarefined tannins. Long, long finish. It lasts for minutes on the palate. A wine with classic beauty. May well be 100 points.

Score: 95/100 James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, March 2006

Tasted blind. Very dark crimson. Pretty heady nose – without great purity. Just a bit stodgy. Lacks lift and precision, though there is great density. Impressive from a pure dimension point of view, with a hint of alcohol on the end.
Drink 2025-2055

Score: 17.5+ Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, March 2017

Dark blueish crimson. Really perfumed and Margaux-ish. Quite marked acidity on the front palate but very delicate and pretty. With the light tannins just muscling in on the finish. Much more transparent and less dense than other first growths in this vintage. Fresh and lively but a little atypically light for the vintage. 13%
Drink 2018-2036

Score: 17.5 Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, February 2015

Warm, supple, ripe. But with some top quality savoury oak and a dry finish too. Lots of tannin on the finish. Dry but not drying - persistent. Pretty damned classic Bordeaux. Drink 2014-2028. Date tasted 6th May 09.

Score: 18.5 Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, August 2009

Very deep, polished purplish crimson right out to the rim. Wonderful lift on top of the amazing depth and richness of the fruit. Great, almost marine, freshness. Opulent is not quite the word because this is not rich and flashy - it's more quintessential Margaux than that - so lifted and truly airborne. Great, great harmony. Truly LOVELY on the nose and then follows this up on the palate - just gorgeous. You really could swallow this with enormous pleasure already because the tannins are so ripe. Wonderfully neat finish. So fresh and refreshing. No heat on the finish. Paul Pontpallier, referring to the level of phenolics, describes this as 'the densest Margaux ever - even more than 2003'. Thirteen per cent alcohol. Very very Cabernet and very fine. Just eight per cent Merlot. Plus six per cent Petit Verdot. Very clean and palate cleansing. Really lovely texture. Drink 2018-35

Score: 19.5 Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2006

Saturated red-ruby. Explosive aromas of plum, raspberry, bitter chocolate, coffee, almond paste and smoke; this smells voluptuous. Then extraordinarily opulent on the palate, with an almost marzipan-like ripeness. Coats every square millimeter of the mouth with a texture of liquid silk. The baby fat here is incredible, but there's a structure of steel and powerful minerality underneath. One of the longest samples I tasted in Bordeaux this spring, and a wine with uncanny finishing sweetness. This fabulous vintage of Margaux should evolve positively in bottle for three or four decades in a cold cellar.

Score: 98+ Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, June 2008

Marvellously dense colour, double the concentration of flavour compared to Pavillon Rouge, marvellously lifted, extraordinary depth and poise, remarkable purity and density of expression. Drink 2015-60

Score: 20 Steven Spurrier, Decanter Magazine, April 2006

Fresh, fruity, really vivid, very fine. Still very youthful with beautiful balance. Will develop into great Margaux. Freshness continues onto the palate, with good depth of flavour, ripe tannins which firm up on second taste. Drink from 2018. Awarded 5 stars.

Score: 18.5+ Decanter Magazine, Decanter Magazine, July 2008
892,50 / Flasche(n) *
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The 2010 is a brilliant Chateau Margaux, as one might expect in this vintage. The percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon in the final blend hit 90%, the balance Merlot and Cabernet Franc, and only 38% of the crop made it into the Chateau Margaux. Paul Pontallier, the administrator, told me that this wine has even higher levels of tannin than some other extraordinary vintages such as 2005, 2000, 1996, etc. Deep purple, pure and intense, with floral notes, tremendous opulence and palate presence, this is a wine of considerable nobility. With loads of blueberry, black currant and violet-infused fruit and a heady alcohol level above 13.5% (although that looks modest compared to several other first growths, particularly Chateau Latour and Chateau Haut-Brion), its beautifully sweet texture, ripe tannin, abundant depth and profound finish all make for another near-perfect wine that should age effortlessly for 30-40 years.

Score: 99 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (205), March 2013

2010 Chateau Margaux: Paul Pontallier was rattling off some interesting statistics about Chateau Margaux. The 2000 (a great, great wine) was 13.1% natural alcohol, the 2005 13.1%, the 2009 13.2%, and the 2010, the highest ever measured, 13.5%. That is still nearly one degree less than the Pauillac first-growth of Chateau Latour at 14.4%. This blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc (representing only 38% of the total production) has the classic, quintessential Margaux character of spring flowers, almost cool-climate precision, medium body, and a seamless integration of tannin, wood and alcohol. The blue and black fruit characteristics are present, and the wine restrained. The most measured and polished of all the first growths I tasted, it is also less concentrated than any of the other first growths, but the elegance is classic. The harvest finished on October 15, which was not their latest by any means. This is one of the few first growths of 2010 where the tannins are remarkably delicate and sweet, and the softness of this wine will provide magical drinking at a relatively early age, yet its balance and concentration will carry it for 20 or more years.

Score: 96/98 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, May 2011

The Grand Vin is a blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot and 1.5% each of Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Bottled in late July, Paul Pontallier reminded me that the Grand Vin takes around six months before it settles down. Still, allowing several minutes aeration, it has a very intense bouquet of dark cherries, boysenberry, crushed stone and a hint of bay leaf that is beautifully defined, but as Paul mentioned, will need a months to blossom. The palate has a beguiling sense of symmetry: spine-tingling poise and tension. This is a magisterial Chateau Margaux with seamlessly integrated oak, pure dark berry fruit and an almost breathless, Burgundy-like purity on the satin textured finish. Utterly seductive, this is an incredible wine that will age for decades. Tasted November 2012.

Score: 99 Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, February 2013

A blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot and 1.5% Petit Verdot and 1.5% Cabernet Franc with a pH 3.65 (it was 3.75 in 2009.) The Cabernet Sauvignon dominates the nose more than any other vintage of Chateau Margaux that I have tasted out of barrel, lending it a Pauillac-like personality. Blackberry, graphite and a soupcon of liquorice. The tannins are exceptionally fine, real backbone here and a sense of ambition that I think neither the 2008 nor even the 2009 demonstrated. The clarity on the finish is truly outstanding and it seems to mellow and gain more sensuality with further aeration. Tasted March 2011.

Score: 97/99 Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, April 2011

This was phenomenal from barrel and remains so. The aromas are spellbinding. It smells like a bouquet of pink roses and then goes to currants, berries and citrus. Full body, with wonderfully refined tannins. It starts discretely and then grows to different levels and dimensions like a slow but big high tide. The texture is so beautiful. Try it in 2020 or beyond.

Score: 100 James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2013

A phenomenal nose of roses, violets, and other flowers. Subtle yet rich raspberries and currants. It is 90 percent Cabernet Sauvignon. The is a curious wine, almost ethereal. It is all in the front of the palate with ultra-fine tannins. It is full and very, very rich but it is forever balanced and in harmony What a wine. It is a pinpointed wine. So cerebral. It sends shivers down my spine. Incredibl

Score: 100 James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2011

Amazingly dark purple. Very, very strongly Cabernet Sauvignon (90% of the blend - only 2006 matched it) with some light vegetation at first which opened out and mellowed to something utterly seductive in the glass. Dry and intense. Very rich on the front and amazingly supple - it smells as though it may be going to be a bit of brute but on the palate it is still so intense and polished initially but then it is clear that there are masses and masses of tannins. There is noble, fine, perfectly confident, minerally fruit that opens out on the palate. It is thinkable to drink this already! Paul Pontallier: 'We decanted the samples but it still grows in the glass.' 13.5%

Score: 19 Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2011
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Robert Parker bewertet den Jahrgang 2011 mit 95 von 100 Punkten

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The renowned Chateau Margaux's 2011 boasts a dark ruby/plum color as well as a fragrant perfume of spring flowers, sweet, supple, well-integrated tannins, medium body, and the elegance and nobility expected from a great first-growth. Although it is not as powerful or concentrated as the 2009 or 2010 (no 2011s are), it possesses finesse, elegance, purity and suppleness. The wine is surprisingly approachable already yet should keep for 15-20 years.

Score: 93 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (212), April 2014

Administrator Paul Pontallier is nearly embarrassed to explain the amazing success of the 2011 Chateau Margaux, a candidate for wine of the vintage. With the harvest occurring between September 5-20, it was the smallest crop in over twenty years as yields were cut significantly by the drought. The berries were tiny. Moreover, analytically, the 2011 has a higher level of concentration as well as tannins than the 2009. A blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot and the rest Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc, only 38% of the harvest made it into the grand vin. The wine offers an inky/purple color, barely noticeable sweet tannin, and a beautiful nose of creme de cassis, spring flowers and lead pencil shavings backed up by fresh acids and good overall structure. This medium to full-bodied effort possesses tremendous personality and character. It rivals what they achieved in both 2010 and 2009, which is virtually impossible to contemplate given the quality of those two vintages.

Score: 94/96+ Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (200), April 2012

Representing 38% of the crop, the Grand Vin is a blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc. Harvest began 5th September with the earlier ripening Merlot and finished around the 20th. It has a very strict bouquet, very linear, a no-frills aromatic profile that delivers straight to the senses minerality, with touches of graphite and cedar from the intense Cabernet. The palate is medium-bodied with a more understated entry. The Cabernet is very pure right from the outset with blackberry, graphite, a saline tincture and a touch of black olive. It has a fine framework of taut tannins, beautifully composed as usual, with a finish that unlike 2009 or 2010, is very precise and linear, finishing off dry and abruptly. There is not a great long tail on the finish, but that would not suit this style of Margaux, one that is more masculine in style. Tasted April 2012.

Score: 93/95 Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, April 2012

Fabulous aromas of flowers with hints of strawberries and currants. Extremely aromatic. This is full-bodied, with chewy tannins and a racy finish. It is very finely structured but chewy and austere. I like the tension to this. Try in 2018.

Score: 94 James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, January 2014

Very elegant and ethereal with ultra-fine tannins and delicate fruit. Full body. I love the floral and aromatic quality to this. Then the tannins kick in. This has more tannins than 2010, according to technical director Paul Pontallier, and others, but you can't tell when tasting it.

Score: 94/95 James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2012
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