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Château Margaux, a 1er Cru Classé property, has been owned by the Mentzelopoulos family since 1978 - since then it has consistently produced the finest wines in the Médoc. One of the grandest, most imposing buildings amongst the Médoc châteaux, Ch. Margaux in its current form was built in the early 19th century, although viticulture had been practised on the estate for several centuries before. A chequered period of ownership in the 19th and early 20th century meant that the quality of some Margaux vintages was patchy, but the change which restored the property to its rightful status came in 1977 when it was bought by André Mentzenopoulos, Greek by birth but who had lived in France since 1958 and had made a fortune through supermarket retailing. André immediately instigated much-needed investment in vineyard and cellar, but his untimely death in 1980 saw his daughter, Corinne, take up the reins. Corinne’s shrewdest move was the recruitment of young, talented winemaker Paul Pontallier to oversee the production. Paul remains at the helm nearly 30 years later, and in that time Margaux has produced some legendary wines, but also displays a marvellous seam of consistency through good years and the not so good. The estate has 82 hectares under vine, with Cabernet Sauvignon inevitably dominant (75%) with 20% Merlot making up most of the rest, along with a smattering of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Unusually in Margaux, there is a white wine made here, Pavillon Blanc, from 100% Sauvignon Blanc, while the two red wines are, of course, Ch. Margaux itself and Pavillon Rouge. Typically, about 30,000 cases of red wine are made, with the Grand Vin usually accounting for just over 40% of the total. Production of the white wine amounts to less than 3,000 cases. Fermentation takes place in oak vats, and ageing for Ch. Margaux in 100% new barrels for 22 months. It is Paul Pontallier’s firmly-held belief that it is the Cabernet Sauvignon grape which is responsible for most of the sheer class which characterises the wines of Ch. Margaux and we are seeing, in consequence, an ever-greater percentage of this varietal in the blend of the Grand Vin. Margaux wines are renowned for its perfumed elegance, but this should not be construed as meaning that these are light-bodied. Far from it, as the best have an enviable structure, layers of complexity, and formidable length.
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Undoubtedly the most exciting wine of the vintage, Paul Pontallier's never-ending pursuit of excellence has meant that through careful selection and attention to detail, Chateau Margaux has produced a wine that will stand alongside the very best in a great year. Harmonious, rich, balanced and concentrated with a lovely sophisticated feel.
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Tasting wine at Ch. Margaux is one of the greatest parts of our job. It’s a true privilege. The most beautiful Château and always one of the most elegant and sophisticated wines of any trip. 2011 is no exception. Pure blast of vibrant Cabernet Sauvignon (86% this year) which should smell like blackcurrants or blackberries but here is fragrant strawberries and raspberries. Soft, round, supple. Elegance with generosity. Really beautiful. The residual aromas left in the glass are worth a trip to Bordeaux alone. Sensational. (Simon Staples, Berrys’ Fine Wine Director)
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What a truly remarkable wine! A complex, multilayered, magnificent marvel; it really does posses true majesty. It has a real grace and power that has you fumbling for words to describe its quality with any degree of sophistication. There is layer upon layer of perfect dense red fruit wrapped around a kernel of ultra-fine, ultra-dense ripe tannins. Ch. Margaux 2000 and 2005 are some of the greatest barrel samples I have ever tried, and the 2010 is up there again, matching the incredible Ch. Latour as wine of the vintage. (90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 1.5% Cabernet Franc, 1.5% Petit Verdot) Simon Staples, BBR Fine Wine Director
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From a sunbaked vintage a Margaux charcterised by its floral aromas, finely edged with chocolate and cinnamon. Not a masssively structured wine yet one with fine-polished tannins and a seductive intensity.
Star Wine of the Week "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. now to 2020" 100/100 pts (Robert-Parker- Bordeaux Book 1998)
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General Manager Paul Pontallier is rightly proud of his 2006. It boasts an aristocratic, fresh cassis nose with mocha and violet notes. The powerful palate shows dark chocolate, black fruit, hints of cedar and a long pure finish while the texture, as ever, is pure silk. Pontallier's opinion is that with the least amount of Merlot ever (4%) and only 36% of the crop making it into the Grand Vin, this is like a tighter version of the 1996. Make no mistake, this is not only one of the best wines of the vintage, it is also a fantastic wine in its own right.
Words can't convey how good this is. It is an extraordinary Margaux, with a perfume to die for and an astonishing level of concentration and complexity. The tannin levels are the highest ever here but you would never know; they are like velvet on the tongue cloaked with rich, suave and voluptuous forest fruits and crushed raspberries. The finish goes on forever with coffee, mocha and bitter chocolate hints enhancing the intense pure, creamy cassis. This is a classic Margaux that starts slowly and then just builds and builds to a deafening crescendo that engulfs the senses. This is a legendary Margaux.
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