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Chateau Margaux 1-Er Grand Cru Classe 2004

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2004 vintage red Wine by Chateau Margaux from Bordeaux, France

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Château Margaux:
Château Margaux was one of the first four estates to be named a First Growth (Premier or 1er Cru Classé) in the Bordeaux Classification of 1855, and continues to be one of the most prestigious wines in all of France. The estate, then known as “La Mothe de Margaux,” was founded in the early 12th century on the left bank of the Garonne estuary in the Médoc. In 11... Read more
Château Margaux was one of the first four estates to be named a First Growth (Premier or 1er Cru Classé) in the Bordeaux Classification of 1855, and continues to be one of the most prestigious wines in all of France. The estate, then known as “La Mothe de Margaux,” was founded in the early 12th century on the left bank of the Garonne estuary in the Médoc. In 1152, Eleanor of Aquitaine married Henry Plantagenet, the future Henry II of England, which made Aquitaine (Bordeaux and environs) English property until the end of the 100 Years War in 1453. For over a couple of centuries, this ensured the sale and trade of Bordeaux wines, Margaux included, to the English market. The royal family and assorted English nobility became huge fans as a result. In the 1570s, Pierre de Lestonnac overhauled the estate and vineyards, clearing grain in favor of grapevines, and propelled the future success of the wines. By the beginning of the 18th century, there were some 265 hectares under vine, which is roughly what it still is today. This was also when the estate manager, only known as “Berlon,” established the practice of vinifying red and white grapes separately, as well as waiting till later in the day to pick grapes so they wouldn’t be covered in dew and rot as easily as they waited for production. The last part of the 18th century was a boom for Margaux. The 1771 vintage was the first Bordeaux to be sold at Christie’s. In 1787, Thomas Jefferson counted it among vineyards of the “first quality.” But not unlike other properties in this part of France, and despite its classification in 1855, Margaux suffered during the years of the Revolution, downy mildew and phylloxera. By 1893, it had regained its former glory with one of the most successful vintages of the 19th century. The estate went through a cycle of many owners over the next century. The 1970s were a particularly bad time under the Ginestets as much of the world was in a recession and three successive vintages - 1972, 1973 and 1974 - were deemed unsaleable (it was, incidentally, the Ginestets who had the bright idea to declare vintages only in “good” harvest years in the first place). Ownership was finally overturned to André Mentzelopoulos in 1977, who invested in the vineyards, reinstated the second wines of Pavillon Rouge and Pavillon Blanc, and renovated the estate. Even though he was only in control for a couple of years until his death in 1980, his tireless efforts paved the way for the great successes of the subsequent decades, starting in the early 1980s. 1982 in particular was the vintage when international investors really took note of both the Château Margaux and Pavillons, and when critics such as Robert Parker began promoting the “Bordeaux Futures” frenzy with Margaux as one of the top estates. This new tradition has persevered into present day as these wines continue to please palates, command huge auction returns and take coveted positions in cellars throughout the world.  Read less

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Snooth User: VegasOenophile
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4.50 5
01/30/2012

Very tight at this point. Nice minty tinged fruit. It's elegant and delicious. - WS Grand Tour 2011


Snooth User: Shin Yagisawa
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4.00 5
10/31/2012

Could be one of my favorite, starting from expanding aroma, well balanced with aged taste lasting long.


External Reviews for Chateau Margaux 1-Er Grand Cru Classe

External Review
10/04/2010

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,... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2004 Margaux, Chateau 750ml


External Review
04/17/2009

If one of 2004's enduring characteristics is its freshness, then Margaux epitomizes this. It is so deliciously fresh and floating, with great black currant and blueberry fruits, pointed up by spice, mint and a sense of elegance and poise. There's no ... Wine Enthusiast. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2004 Margaux, Chateau 750ml


External Review
06/20/2014

Bright red-ruby. Knockout nose features boysenberry currant cedar graphite and mocha. Suave gentle and sweet already displaying ineffable inner-mouth perfume. The 17% merlot component injects a silky component and the oak element adds a complementary sweetness. Complex lush horizontal finish saturates the mouth with flavor. It was not clear to me in April that the 2006 would exceed this-and it will certainly take longer to reach full maturity in bottle. Stephen Tanzers IWC.


External Review
06/20/2014

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. 12 500 cases made. Wine Spectator.


External Review
06/20/2014

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. Robert Parkers Wine Advocate.


External Review
07/12/2014

If one of 2004 s enduring characteristics is its freshness then Margaux epitomizes this. It is so deliciously fresh and floating with great black currant and blueberry fruits pointed up by spice mint and a sense of elegance and poise. There s no doubt about its aging potential either: just feel that heart of firm tannins. Wine Enthusiast.


External Review
10/15/2009

The great First Growth Bordeaux that every vintage exceeds expectations. Robert Parker offered some key insight into the 2004. "Always the consummate professional, Paul Pontallier is pleased with the 2004 Margaux, considering it to be a revelation after the final blend was made. The articulate Pontallier called it “neo-classic” to suggest the sweetness of the tannins and a style that he finds similar to 1996. Only 40% of the crop was included in the final blend (78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, and 4% Petit Verdot), and it has a very high index of polyphenols (tannins). The harvest was completed between October 1 - 19. 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. 93 Ponits."



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