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Chateau Margaux Premier 5 Litres 2001

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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: jaws1970
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5.00 5
10/12/2008

My boss - who was trying to educate my palate, but who didn't drink wine herself - bought a bottle of this for me while on a business trip at the bar at the Four Seasons hotel in New York. At that point in my life I'd probably only ever tried one serious Bordeaux.. in college. Anyway it was transporting. I couldn't finish it however, as valiantly as I tried, and she offered the rest of the bottle to the waiter. I haven't tasted it since.


Snooth User: Olivier
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5.00 5
07/22/2007

Elegant and sophisticated by the nose, with blackcurrant aroma. In mooth it's really full and well balanced, around plum and old red fruits. Very dense, superb finish.


Snooth User: Morton
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0.00 5
01/01/2010

Nwe Yearls Eve 2009 Big aroma plums and dark chocolate also in the mouth but an overriding discordant note. Good with roast beef but far from overwhelming

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Snooth User: Mulder666
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4.50 5
08/20/2009

Four and a half glasses


External Reviews for Chateau Margaux Premier 5 Litres

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
10/03/2014

Performing well from bottle Chateau Margaux s 2001 which is somewhat reminiscent of both the 1985 and 1999 is an elegant seamlessly constructed effort with a deep ruby/purple color and a beautiful nose of flowers creme de cassis blackberries and cedar. A blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon 7% Merlot 7% Petit Verdot and 4% Cabernet Franc this forward opulent beauty can be drunk now or cellared for 15-20 years. This is one of the most elegant wines of the vintage. Robert Parkers Wine Advocate.


External Review
04/28/2010

Performing well from bottle, Chateau Margaux s 2001, which is somewhat reminiscent of both the 1985 and 1999, is an elegant, seamlessly constructed effort with a deep ruby/purple color, and a beautiful nose of flowers, creme de cassis, blackberries, and cedar. A blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot, and 4% Cabernet Franc, this forward, opulent beauty can be drunk now or cellared for 15-20 years. This is one of the most elegant wines of the vintage.


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
01/16/2009

Subtle and very perfumed with floral, currants, minerals and berry aromas with a hint of toasted barrels. Medium- to full-bodied, with an outstandingly refined core of fruit and smoky, earthy, berry and almost meaty character. It's long and caressing... Wine Spectator. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2001 Margaux, Chateau 750ml


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
09/16/2011

Fresh and floral, with hints of berries and vanilla. Medium-bodied, with silky tannins and a fresh, fruity finish. Refined. Second wine of Margaux. Best after 2007. 20,000 cases made. -JS Wine Spectator. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2001 Margaux, Pavillon Rouge du Chateau 750ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
10/03/2014

Enticing aromas of boysenberry cedar espresso and roasted oak. Sweet lush and broad in the mouth with sappy berry and espresso flavors. This boasts the pliant texture and near-perfect balance of the vintage s best examples. Finishes with a fine dusting of tannins. Like so many 2001s this is easy to taste today but may well close down in the coming year or so. "The 2001 is a smiley wine " says Pontallier "while the 2002 though a bit stiff today has more power and excellent aging potential. But neither ranks among our greatest vintages." Stephen Tanzers IWC.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
02/18/2009

...an elegant, seamlessly constructed effort with a deep ruby/purple color, and a beautiful nose of flowers, creme de cassis, blackberries, and cedar. A blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot, and 4% Cabernet Franc, this forward,... Robert Parker. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2001 Margaux, Chateau 750ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
06/20/2014

Performing well from bottle Chateau Margaux s 2001 which is somewhat reminiscent of both the 1985 and 1999 is an elegant seamlessly constructed effort with a deep ruby/purple color and a beautiful nose of flowers creme de cassis blackberries and cedar. A blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon 7% Merlot 7% Petit Verdot and 4% Cabernet Franc this forward opulent beauty can be drunk now or cellared for 15-20 years. This is one of the most elegant wines of the vintage. Robert Parkers Wine Advo


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