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Château Margaux Margaux 2018

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

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

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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

Editorial Reviews for Château Margaux Margaux

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,748
4.50 5
Vintage: 2000 12/29/2008

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


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,748
3.50 5
Vintage: 1976 12/29/2008

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


Member Reviews for Château Margaux Margaux

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Snooth User: Chopine104
4486133
4.50 5
Vintage: 2011 03/13/2008

WP 98


Snooth User: lacek
10154394
1.50 5
Vintage: 2008 01/10/2012

Very spicy character of this wine...fruity flavour is closed


Snooth User: c009x
76992037
5.00 5
Vintage: 2008 04/29/2011

Five glasses


Snooth User: longguodai
863192124
3.50 5
Vintage: 2006 11/23/2011

very famous in china. little salt and easy to drink.


Snooth User: Hiram
14266912
4.00 5
Vintage: 2006 02/26/2009

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.


Snooth User: Stephie
459862
2.50 5
Vintage: 2005 04/08/2008

Two and a half glasses


Snooth User: Shin Yagisawa
1030706225
4.00 5
Vintage: 2004 10/31/2012

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


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External Reviews for Château Margaux Margaux

External Review
Vintage: 2011 03/19/2013

Combines both silky texture and good tension, with a light chalky thread running through the middle of the almost plush plum and blackberry fruit. Theres a bright cassis bush edge as well (telltale of the Petit Verdot component), and overall theres... Wine Spectator. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2011 Margaux, Pavillon Rouge du Chateau 1500ml


External Review
Vintage: 2011 05/15/2012

86% cabernet sauvignon, 10% merlot, 2% petit verdot, and 2% cabernet franc. Vines are planted in 82 hectares of gravel soil, with pockets of sand, gravel, and limestone. The average vine age is 36 years. Gorgeous deep ruby color all the way through. ... Alex Lallos. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2011 Margaux, Chateau 3000ml


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Vintage: 2011 11/20/2013

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.


External Review
Vintage: 2011 11/20/2013

Bright ruby. High-pitched red berry and floral aromas show very good intensity and a sexy spicecake nuance. Juicy penetrating and seamless offering vibrant raspberry and cherry flavors lifted by tangy acidity. Finishes lively and long with resonating spiciness. Stephen Tanzers IWC.


External Review
Vintage: 2011 11/20/2013

More flint barbecue smoke crushed rock spring flower blueberry and black raspberry characteristics are present in the full-bodied 2011 St.-Joseph Les Granits. Uncommonly fleshy and seductive it should drink nicely for a decade or more. -Robert Parker Robert Parkers Wine Advocate.


External Review
Vintage: 2011 11/20/2013

The more flamboyant California-styled 2011 Ermitage Le Meal Blanc is from a warmer site with a more southerly exposure. It offers up notes of wet rocks tangerines peaches and a striking scent reminiscent of the famous New Orleans dish bananas Foster. I know that sounds weird but that s what it smelled like when I first put my nose in the glass. This exuberant exotic ostentatious white Hermitage may be controversial but for me it was over-the-top perfection. -Robert Parker Robert Parkers Wine Advocate.


External Review
Vintage: 2011 05/18/2012

The 2011 Pavillon Rouge du Chateau Margaux is one of the finest examples of this cuvee I have ever tasted. It hit 13% natural alcohol and represents only 28% of the harvest. This blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and the rest Petit Verdot a... Robert Parkers Wine Advocate. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2011 Margaux, Pavillon Rouge du Chateau 3000ml


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