In the hands of the Mentzelopoulos family since 1977, Château Margaux is the only Premier Grand Cru Classé of the Margaux appellation (1855 classification), and is located in the Bordeaux region, on the left bank of the Gironde. Chateau Margaux, which covers 94 hectares of vineyards (including 12 Ha de Sauvignon blanc for white wine), is planted on a soil of gravel, sand and clay at a density of 10,000 feet/ha. The vines, aged 40 years on average, receive reasoned treatment.
Château Margaux : the history of a legend
The vineyard produces 3 red wines, including a first «Le Grand Vin de Margaux» wine, and a second wine named «Pavillon Rouge» since 1908, mainly consisting of plots different from those of the Grand vin and younger vines. A third red wine is produced, «Margaux du Château Margaux», whose exceptional 2009 vintage was the first to be marketed under this label. In addition to these 3 red wines, the Château has produced since 1978 a white wine (in the Bordeaux appellation) named «Pavillon Blanc» consisting only of Sauvignon Blanc (100%). The 3 red wines produced are blended wines from 4 different grape varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon (75%), Merlot (20%), Petit Verdot (3%) and Cabernet Franc (2%). These indicative percentages can often vary according to the profile of the vintage and the vintage.
Classification of legendary Château Margaux wines
My Vintage Wines is proud to show you the best noted of the Château Margaux. This isn’t an official classification of the vintages. This one is only based on the marks of the Robert Parker website, and also the Wine Spectator. It’s up to anyone to taste the prestigious vintages of the most prestigious vineyars of the designation Margaux. Here is the classification of the best vintages of the Château Margaux :
Château Margaux 2000
One of the most great vintages of the end of the XXth century. An elegant wine, and very soft in mouth. It is a new quality form for the Château Margaux. Over the years, the texture of this wine is tighter but keeps one finale incredibly soft and an impressive duration. He consists of 90 % of Cabernet Sauvignon and 10 % of Merlot.
Noted 100/100 Robert Parker : “very complex aromas and big purity. At the middle intensified, of magnificent blue, red and black fruits mixed with spring flowers, a subtle dosage of new oak and a unique personality. He is elegant, and powerful. The color stays in very good health, it is opaque, blue/purple, but there is no reason for hesitating to drink him young person. He should evolve during another 30-40 years, thus you should not hurry up either.” (In June, 2010)
Châteaux Margaux 1989
Noté 100/100 by James Suckling: a nose offering bays and currants, with dried flowers which are transformed into subtle cedar and into dried fruits. Structured and intensified, with ultrafine tannins and silky texture. It is so tight and powerful, but always late. The mouth builds itself and builds itself, with surprising tannins. To drink from now on, until 2025.
Château Margaux 1990
Exceptional weather conditions for this wine. 1990 is the third of a series of very great vintages, with 1988 and 1989. A wine which has charm and a big sharpness. Merlot, Cabernet and young verdot of 1990 were exceptional, rich and soft, with a tight grain but of a big sweetness, and a fruity impressive one. We find a perfect harmony and a major power.
100/100 Robert Parker: “He has an extraordinary aromatic wealth. We find spring flowers, camphor, red berries and blacks very soft, a suspicion of licorice and no proof of its 100% ageing in oak barrel. Round and generous with a low acidity, but a rich wealth, strong and fresh, with a precision of a laser, this magnificent wine begins hardly to reach its tray of full maturity, where it should develop during three decades. One of the legendary wines of Château Margaux. We can drink him now, as in twenty or thirty years for the most patient”. (In June, 2009)
Château Margaux 2010
As big as Château Margaux 2009. Cabernet Sauvignon (90%) was able to cope with a dry and fresh year, and gives this wine a certain aromatic finesse, and its power. Finally, 7% Merlot, 1.5% Cabernet Franc and 1.5% Petit Verdot.
100/100 Robert Parker: “The 2010 is brilliant, a deep purple color, pure and intense, with floral notes, enormous opulence. A wine of great nobility. With loads of blueberry, blackcurrant, infused purple fruits and an alcohol level higher than 13.5% (although this seems modest compared to many others “premiers crus”, as Château Latour & Château Haut-Brion). You could drink it easily during 30years.” (Tasting : February 2013)
Château Margaux 2009
One of the greatest vintages of Château Margaux. The grapes have reached a superb level of concentration, great delicacy, a beautiful balance and an enchanting freshness. An incredible wine, thanks to its tannic power, its sweetness and its breadth. A small alcoholic degree of 13.3% which keeps a freshness in the finish, tasty with a long length.
99/100 Robert Parker: “A very rare concentration level for this powerful Château Margaux 2009, made from 87% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest mainly Merlot, with small quantities of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Like most “Médoc”, alcohol here is weaker than other vintages. Notes of blueberries in abundance, blackcurrant and acacia flower, as well as notes of charcoal. A wine with soft tannins, well integrated, as well as a certain lightness. Rich, round, generous, it should grow for another 30 to 35(+) years.” (February 2012)
Château Margaux 1996
Château Margaux 2016
99/100 Lisa-Perrotti Brown : “Deep purple garnet colour, Château Margaux 2016 (composed of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc, 2% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot) is composed of sashays with flavors of glamorous red currant, confit violet, kirsch and blackcurrant followed by notions of ploughed black soil, forest soil, cast iron pot and cigar box with subtle notes of lavender and oolong tea. Half-bodied and mineral laced notes float above the mouth with an aerial sensation of weightlessness, but it is super intense with layers of red and black flavors supported by a firm texture of fine and silty tannins, ending wonderfully fragrant and incredibly long. Drink from 2024 to about 2063.”
Château Margaux 1900 : a legendary vintage
An impressive harvest, in quantity as well as quality that gave birth to a legendary Château Margaux 1900.
Robert Parker: “Beautifully rich, with a fragrance that must fill an entire room. It is an incredibly smooth, opulent and well-targeted wine. The fact that it can balance power and flavor, both with finesse and elegance, makes it stand out as one of the most extraordinary wines I have ever tasted. Not only can this wine live another decade, but I suspect it can last another 20 to 30 years. A breathtaking wine!” (October 1994)
Château Margaux 2015 : the new born of great ambitions
If we were to place the Château Margaux 2015 in relation to its ancestors, we could say that it will be of such astonishing quality as a 2005, a 2009 and a 2010, because of its strength, its flesh and its subtlety. What is certain is that 2015 will offer many surprises for the most patient.
98-100 Robert Parker: “The bouquet directly targets the senses. The palate is perfectly balanced, with very fine tannins, which blend with notes of blackberry, blueberry, graphite and cedar. It is a last gift from Paul Pontallier, the gift of a very gifted winemaker.” (April 2016)
Château Margaux 2018 : is it the chosen one ?
97-100/100 Lisa-Perrotti Brown : “Château Margaux 2018 is composed of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. The great wine represents 36% of the harvest this year. The wine has a pH of 3.8 and 14% alcohol. Deep purple-black, it exudes energetic notes of Morello cherries, black raspberries and black blackberry pie, as well as hints of fragrant earth, confit violets, lavender, sandalwood, of smoked cigars and black olives with a gentle wave of blackcurrant and liquorice emerging with cajoling. Full bodied, the palate is endowed with the most astonishing energy, offering layer after layer of red and black fruits to tons of earthy shades, framed by extremely ripe tannins and fine grained, ending with an amazing freshness and an extraordinarily long length. Persistent fragrance. Beautiful.”