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Chateau Margaux Marg. Epuise/Uitgeput Frankrijk 2006
For a number of years now, we have had a succession of great and very great vintages, surely proving that, at least so far, the weather conditions have particularly favoured the ripening of the Cabernet grapes. It shouldn't be overlooked though, that this success has also been the result of more and more rigorous selection: in 2006, barely 36% of the crop went into the first wine, which will only be a third by the time it is bottled, after the unavoidable loss of the lees wine at each racking. One single batch of Merlot, though of remarkably high quality, finally went into the blend, but it only represents 4% of the whole… It is the first time we have had so little. The Petit Verdot (4%) and the Cabernet Franc (2%) make up their usual proportions; they each bring added complexity that is difficult to define, but is most certainly a necessary contribution to the character of the wines of Château Margaux. The Cabernet Sauvignon therefore takes up almost all of the place: 90%! It brings to the 2006 an extraordinary aromatic finesse, a tannic richness that is second only to the 2005; and a particularly dense and tight-knit texture. The finish is very long, fresh and lively, a little bit firm but already packed with flavour. 2006 is therefore a great Château Margaux vintage. Of course, it is not 2005, or 2000; those vintages are exceptional. But it does have both the grace and the purity of the 1996, the so classic freshness of the 2004 and the heady power of the 1986 or the 1995. Such balance is a brilliant expression of Château Margaux's noble terroir.
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Editorial Reviews for Chateau Margaux Marg. Epuise/Uitgeput Frankrijk
Opens rather oaky but not spicy, raw woody, cedary with notes of dried peppers and cassis under the creosote edged wood. With time a nice note of crystalized floral tones begins to emerge. Full and slightly chunky in the mouth with bright acidity and absolutely polished tannins. The palate is richly fruited with red berry notes that are ever so slightly gamy. The finish is very long and offers up a classic array of cigar box and slice tones. best after 3 hours in the decanter but finished shortly after that. Give it and additional 2 years. 2011-2024 91pts
This shows its age and the quality of the vintage with it's ethereal nose of tobacco and dry earth. In the mouth this is very evolved and while light weight there is undeniable elegance as the palate remains focused with a graceful core of slightly leathery red fruit that remains delicious. 87pts
very famous in china. little salt and easy to drink.
Smooth and well-balanced. My first Château Margaux, and I only had one glass. Cannot say that I understand why this wine would be 10 to 15 times the price of other good Margaux wines, but it is surely a wonderful wine. Drank it too young, I know... but it was served by the château, and beggars can't be choosers.
Very tight at this point. Nice minty tinged fruit. It's elegant and delicious. - WS Grand Tour 2011
Could be one of my favorite, starting from expanding aroma, well balanced with aged taste lasting long.
opened a couple of years to early. but still a knock out wine as all marguax are and what you expect. it has very few sustitues in the same wine range of quality texture and complexity but the fun is to store these and go seeking out equivallents, enjoy this at great cost as sadness will come when you run out ...
I received a generous "taste" of this wine at the Wine Spectator Grand Tour 2009 in Las Vegas. Smooth, supple and perfect. I always enjoy margaux wines and this is the perfect example of what makes them truly great. Awesome balance, complex flavors that linger and a real treat to have tasted.
External Reviews for Chateau Margaux Marg. Epuise/Uitgeput Frankrijk
Spectacular for the vintage. This is a wine that I want to buy. The aromas are like rose petals and perfume. Speechless. Palate is full body yet refined and beautiful with perfectly polished tannins. It
Shows a tight nose but manages to convey pure fresh notes of red fruit and violet. Almost sleek with fine-grained tannins carrying the red currant paste and iron accents. The plum skin-tinged finish sings displaying remarkable integration already. A very impressive showing today. Tasted non-blind.
A surprisingly fresh Margaux considering that it
The 2012 Chateau Margaux 87% Cabernet Sauvignon 10% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot was picked around September 25th with the early ripening Merlot and the heart of the harvest was in early October. Most of the harvest was in before the rains. It has a very fragrant bouquet with macerated dark cherries minerals cold stone a touch of seaweed and a seam of graphite. The palate is medium-bodied with superb tension on the entry. It is very focused with tensile tannins. There is
An austere wine that has distinct acidity and a black-currant character. The texture is tannic and dry but its fragrant with a light green note that comes through at the end. Wine Enthusiast.
Shows a tight nose but manages to convey pure fresh notes of red fruit and violet. Almost sleek with fine-grained tannins carrying the red currant paste and iron accents. The plum skin-tinged finish sings displaying remarkable integration already. A very impressive showing today. Tasted non-blind. J.M. Wine Spectator.
Vivid ruby. An exotically nose evokes cherry compote blackberry and smoky Indian spices. Fleshy sweet and concentrated with a distinctly spicy quality to it dark berry flavors. Impressively lush and broad on the persistent finish with suave tannins adding shape. Stephen Tanzers IWC.
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Dietary Information: Organic
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