A.O.C. Margaux, Bordeaux, France
Château Margaux is one of Bordeaux’s most strikingly elegant châteaux. Yet, despite its status, Margaux has a wonderful family feel, lacking the pretension and snobbery that enshrouds other elite Bordeaux châteaux. And Margaux’s engaging personality is reflected in its wines – renowned for being rich and opulent. The key behind Margaux’s approach is owner Corinne Mentzelopoulos and long-standing winemaker Paul Pontallier who have led Margaux out of Bordeaux’s doldrums both spiritually and in terms of quality, and there seems to be a remarkable team ethic and bond from the vineyard workers right through to the management.
“This Chateau Margaux was captivating in its youth and at ten-years of age it displays a wonderful, exuberant bouquet with blackberry, violet, boysenberry, a touch of spice and smoke. The palate is full-bodied, great depth and breadth with firm tannins, there is a real backbone to this Margaux, struck through with a tangible sense of mineralite that sends a tingle down the spice. It does actually take time to coalesce in the glass but it ultimately seduces the palate with its wily feminine charms. Lovely.” eRobertParker.com (Jul 2009)
Optimum Drinking Period: 2013-2030
Robert Parker: 94
Wine Spectator: 93
Stephen Tanzer: 93