- Show All (121)
External Reviews for Web Exclusive Chateau Margaux Premiere Grand Cru Classe Margaux
One of the cleanest and freshest wines of the vintage, Margaux is immediately vinous, its plump fruit in harmony with the influence of oak. The combination of superripe fruit and new French oak makes it seem like a rich Napa Valley cabernet at first; as it develops over the course of several days, it continues to grow more profound and sophisticated. Massive in size, the fragrant, luscious fruit retains freshness with air; it has so much puppy fat that it is impossible to perceive the details of its structure. It is, however, resistant to oxygen and impressively long, two factors that imply a long life ahead. A delicious vintage of Margaux.
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 doesn'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 château, the 2000 vintage might have been merely great. But there'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.
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 re... Robert Parkers Wine Advocate. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 1999 Margaux, Chateau 750ml
Fiona Morrison once described Margaux to me as a drag queen, all feminine make up on the surface, all masculine muscle underneath. She may well have been describing this '98, given its violets and spice, its knee-melting new oak scent, its mint and cardamom and fine cigar tobacco aromas. It smells and feels like a grand cru, but it gives nothing of itself for several days. Then, when several of the other top Margaux wines from the vintage were heading south, this was just beginning to show all its layered ganduer. Even then, the lovely dark berry density at the center was still sealed off under all the strapping complexity. It's a finely build aristocrat (of indeterminate sex).
Another celestial effort from Paul Pontallier and Corinne Mentzelopoulus, the 2005 Margaux, a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Merlot, boasts a dense opaque blue/purple color as well as an extraordinary bouquet of spring flowers, blueberries, black raspberries, creme de cassis, licorice, and, despite its having spent two years in 100% new wood, only a subtle touch of toasty oak. Although full-bodied, the wine seems light on its feet because of the silky tannins as well as the great gravel terroir from which it comes. Beautiful purity, length, and nobility define this modern day classic. Is it better than the 2000, 1996, 1990, or some of the vintages from the decade of the eighties? Who knows, but it is unquestionably one of the all-time great wines made at Chateau Margaux. This estate has produced only exceptional wines over the last three decades. The seamlessness of the 2005 suggests it will perform well early, but it should last for a half century or more. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2050+.
Performing better from bottle than at any time in cask (which of course is the objective of great winemaking, isn't it?), this wine reveals a dense ruby/purple color in a style somewhat reminiscent of the 1988 but with more power, concentration, and volume. It has a beautifully elegant nose of black fruits intermixed with truffle, flower, and oak. The wine is medium to full-bodied, dense, with wonderful precision, freshness, and a long, full-bodied finish with impressive levels of concentration. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2030.
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.
Food Pairings for Web Exclusive Chateau Margaux Premiere Grand Cru Classe Margaux
Dietary Information: Kosher, Organic
Best Wine Deals
Cabernet Sauvignon Top Lists
What have you bought lately?Replied
And now for something completely different ...Replied
Weingut Max Ferd. Richter Riesling Spätlese Brauneberger Juffer-Sonnenuhr (2010)Reviewed
Letter Press California White Blend (2011)Reviewed
Raymond Reserve Selection Cabernet Sauvignon (2012)Cellared
Arsenic in our wine??Replied
Librandi Efeso Val di Neto IGT (2007)Reviewed
Castle Rock 'Lodi' Zinfandel (2011)Wishlisted
Kitchen Sink Red Reserve (NV)Wishlisted