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Château Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend Margaux 2000
The Wine... It was on the occasion of this symbolic vintage that we decided to inaugurate our Harvest Memories that can be found in the "Throughout the days" chapter of this website. We were unaware at that time that we were harvesting one of the greatest vintages of the late 20th century. The grapes had rarely, perhaps never, been as concentrated, particularly the Cabernets. In certain cases we surpassed the already historic levels of the 1986 and 1995 vintages, with an elegance and softness on the palate, reminiscent also of the 1990 and 1996 vintages. It seemed in fact that 2000 was setting a new benchmark in quality, never before attained, at least in terms of style. Throughout the barrel ageing time, these first impressions were gradually confirmed. The wine has now acquired a slightly tighter texture and at the same time keeps such a soft and especially long finish that it seems to go on forever… The bottling took place in November 2002, after over 2 years of barrel ageing. Such a long ageing is unusual but not as rare as one might think: most of the greatest vintages are aged for that length of time. Five years have passed now, and the wine is still there, of course, but it is hiding in the background, away from the light. Its presence, though, can be sensed rather than felt … We should perhaps wait patiently for the 2000 to come out and not rush into drinking this wine, which is bound to become a legend one day. (November 2007) VINTAGE April and May were warm and rainy, an early encouragement to downy mildew which was halted by the very dry summer. The absence of rain in August and at the beginning of September was very beneficial for the ripening process and the concentration in the grapes. A few light showers at the beginning of the harvest could not spoil this dream vintage. (The picking began on 25th September)
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Editorial Reviews for Château Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend Margaux
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
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.
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.
Enjoyable, great flavor
Marvelous, robust with an earthy finish. Splendid nose with currants throughout the brilliant hue of this delicious wine!
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.
I love this wine.
External Reviews for Château Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend Margaux
Muscular yet classy. Breathtaking aromas of black licorice, violets, berry and cherry, with light hints of spices and minerals; itandrsquo;s all there in the nose. Full-bodied, with an ultrafine tannin structure, and a finish that persists for minutes. This may turn out to be even better than the 1995 due to its layers and layers of fine tannins and fruit, but I canandrsquo;t give it more than 100 points. Best after 2015.
Am I being too stingy with the 2003 Chateau Margaux? A wine of extraordinary complexity and intensity, it reveals a deep purple color, a style not unlike the 1990 Margaux (possibly even more concentrated), a velvety texture, and notes of spring flowers interwoven with camphor, melted licorice, creme de cassis, and pain grille. Not a blockbuster, it offers extraordinary intensity as well as a surreal delicacy/lightness. There is riveting freshness to this offering, which tips the scales at a lofty (for this estate) 13.5% alcohol, as well as an alluring sweetness and accessibility. It probably will tighten up over the next few years. Nevertheless, it is a profound Chateau Margaux that brings to mind a hypothetical blend of the 1982 and 1990. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2035.
Margaux unlimited. In a blind tasting, it's hard to miss the exotic spice or the mineral power of Château Margaux's aroma. And it's hard to ignore the mass of black plum fruit, so dense it seems to be compressing under its own weight. Potency and tense mineral character prevails until the wine has had plenty of air. By the following day, the breed of its terroir pervades Margaux entirely, the exotic spice deepened to forest floor, cedar and violets, the magnificent scale of the wine held in precise balance. Supercharged and dynamic, a great Margaux for the long term.
Ultraconcentrated, with layers and layers of fruit and superfine tannins. Plenty of fruit, mineral and meat character. Full-bodied yet refined and classy, it coats your palate with gorgeous fruit and ripe tannins. Truly superb. One of the wines of the vintage. Best after 2012.
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.
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.
The sexy, dark plum/purple-colored 1999 Margaux is already revealing complex aromatics. This surprisingly charming and round offering is reminiscent of a vintage such as 1985. Although neither a blockbuster nor a heavyweight, it grows in the mouth revealing tremendous length as well as purity. Administrator Paul Pontallier prefers it to the more austere 1998, as do I. This is an archetypical Château Margaux of richness, finesse, balance, and symmetry. It can be drunk young, but promises to age nicely for two decades. Extrapolating backwards, it would probably have something in common with the underrated 1962 Médocs.
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