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Chateau Margaux Red Blend Premier 2000

Winemaker's Notes:

"Good bright, ruby-tinged red. Spicy aromas of currant, raspberry and woodsmoke. Fat, silky and full, with enticing sweetness. Very rich, fruity style, finishing with broad, sweet tannins and new oak notes of spice and caramel. Not especially vibrant but satisfying and long...90" IWC 02/03 "Last year I underrated the 2000 Cote Rotie La Mordoree, probably because I tasted the 2000s side by side with what was undoubtedly a great vintage in the northern Rhone, 1999. In any event, from bottle, this 2000 Cote Rotie is far better than it tasted from barrel. Offering up scents of white flowers, black olives, cassis, and roasted notes, it is a seamless effort with well-integrated acidity and tannin as well as a big, plush, concentrated style that will provide delicious up-front drinking...90" WA 07/03

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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 Chateau Margaux Red Blend Premier

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,457
4.50 5
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


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4.50 5
01/15/2009

Powerful aromas of deep fruits, spice, a bit of flowers and a tart heat. Amazingly smooth, well integrated tannins, deep dark complex oak and some cedar and eucalyptus on the finish. I don't completely get this wine -- it's great though.

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Snooth User: Philip James
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4.50 5
12/24/2008

A very nice wooly, meaty nose. A really nice, well balanced wine throughout. Very nice, with great fruit. Very animal: meaty, wooly, wet feathers etc. Solid.

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  • Snooth User: gavj0002
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    4.00 5
    05/08/2010

    Enjoyable, great flavor


    Snooth User: Imperial36
    3296145
    5.00 5
    10/17/2007

    one of my all time favs.. can sip on its own or with a variety of soft cheese. It's richness unfolds as it breathes. Recommend decanting this one.


    Snooth User: Imperial36
    3296145
    5.00 5
    02/05/2008

    Marvelous, robust with an earthy finish. Splendid nose with currants throughout the brilliant hue of this delicious wine!


    Snooth User: charmdesign
    9883640
    3.00 5
    11/30/2009

    I love this wine.


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    0.00 5
    12/16/2008

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    External Reviews for Chateau Margaux Red Blend Premier

    External Review
    Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
    01/09/2013

    Paul Pontallier happened upon the 2000 vintage at Margaux, having prepared the vines since 1983, and having gained a certain level of intimacy with their produce over the years. He doesnandrsquo;t take credit for the particular balance of water retention in the soils at Margaux, for the light rains that refreshed the vines in August, though he can take some credit for knowing how to manage those vines and when to pick them. For without his history at the chandacirc;teau, the 2000 vintage might have been merely great. But thereandrsquo;s something of his spirits in this wine, along with the essence of the Margaux vineyard, the glint of the soil and the grandeur of the building, which taken together will stop you in your tracks.


    External Review
    Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
    01/09/2013

    Bottled in late November, 2002, the 2000 has turned out to be a colossal example of Chateau Margaux that is tasting even better from bottle than it was from cask. Only 40% of the crop made it into this 2000 Margaux, a blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot. The 2000 possesses a saturated ruby/purple color to the rim as well as an extraordinarily promising nose of creme de cassis intermixed with white flowers, licorice, and hints of espresso and toasty oak. There is great intensity, compelling purity, a multi-layered, full-bodied palate, and a finish that goes on for nearly 70+ seconds. Bottled naturally, with no filtration, it is a monumental example of the elegance and power that symbolize this extraordinary vineyard. A tour de force in winemaking, many of my colleagues predicted, far earlier than me, that it would be the andldquo;wine of the vintage.andrdquo; It is certainly one of the wines of the vintage, but there is plenty of competition, even at this lofty level of quality. Absolutely awesome! Anticipated maturity: 2012andndash;2050.


    External Review
    Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
    05/22/2011

    A tight and silky red, with lots to offer - currant, tobacco and cherry character, medium to full body, fine tannins and a long, long finish. Just needs time. Best after 2006.


    External Review
    Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
    01/09/2013

    Absolutely compelling in two tastings of this vintage, the 2000 Margaux is composed of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot. The extraordinary seductiveness, complex aromatics, and purity it exhibits lead me to believe it has reached its window of full maturity. Medium-bodied, with layers of concentration, stunning blue, red, and black fruits intermixed with spring flowers, a subtle dosage of new oak, and a distinctive personality that is elegant while at the same time powerful and substantial, this is a multi-dimensional wine that was extremely approachable and drinkable in both tastings I had of it. The color remains a healthy, even opaque bluish/purple, but there is no reason to hesitate to drink it. It should evolve for another 30andndash;40 years, so there is no hurry either.


    External Review
    Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
    05/22/2011

    The 1988 has evolved nicely since I tasted it last year. It has a classic bouquet of violets and blackcurrants intertwined with the vanillin scents of new oak. Medium-bodied, concentrated, but tannic, this elegantly wrought wine should out-live the 1989, but will it ever provide as much pleasure? Anticipated maturity: 1996-2015.


    External Review
    Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
    05/22/2011

    If a wine can ever be perfect, this is as perfect as a wine can get. Right from the beginning this was the wine of the vintage, and nothing has changed. Margaux was the last of the first growths to be bottled because it just needed that extra time in barrel. The wine now has huge, intense black cherry and blackberry fruits, and marvelous tannins that are sweet and powerful. To finish, the magnificent Margaux perfume of sandalwood and ripe fruit dominates, leaving an impression of finesse and power.


    External Review
    Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
    05/22/2011

    A great Bordeaux that only needs time to develop. Seductive, with a superb concentration of vanilla, spice, blackberry and cherry aromas and flavors. Has an iron backbone of tannins, but it still shows class and finesse. Seems to last forever on the palate. Try after 1999. 25,000 cases made.


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    "Good bright, ruby-tinged red. Spicy aromas of currant, raspberry and woodsmoke. Fat, silky and full, with enticing sweetness. Very rich, fruity style, finishing with broad, sweet tannins and new oak notes of spice and caramel. Not especially vibrant but satisfying and long...90" IWC 02/03 "Last year I underrated the 2000 Cote Rotie La Mordoree, probably because I tasted the 2000s side by side with what was undoubtedly a great vintage in the northern Rhone, 1999. In any event, from bottle, this 2000 Cote Rotie is far better than it tasted from barrel. Offering up scents of white flowers, black olives, cassis, and roasted notes, it is a seamless effort with well-integrated acidity and tannin as well as a big, plush, concentrated style that will provide delicious up-front drinking...90" WA 07/03

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