2015 Château Margaux, 1er Cru Margaux

An emotional vintage for Château Margaux, which proved to be Director Paul Pontallier’s finale due to his untimely death in early 2016, has created a truly remarkable wine. This is the epitome of Margaux and of Cabernet Sauvignon, which constitutes 87% of the blend, showing huge power alongside incredible elegance. It is balance that defines the 2015 Margaux, with wonderful depth of fruit balancing pretty perfume, and considerable yet very fine tannins balanced by excellent freshness. This has so much definition, so much elegance.

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Critic score
97.75/100

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WINE DETAILS

  • Region & country
    Margaux, Médoc, Bordeaux, France
  • Grape
    87% Cabernet Sauvignon
    8% Merlot
    3% Cabernet Franc
    2% Petit Verdot
  • Maturity
    Young 2025 - 2050
  • Colour
    Red
  • Sweetness
    Dry
  • Style
    Still
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
  • Classification
    Premier Cru
2015 Château Margaux, 1er Cru Margaux

TASTING NOTES

Great breadth and savour on the nose. Lovely freshness and sophistication. Lots of fine tannins. Very aérien. Really flies! Perfect Margaux. A great welcome for the new chai and memorial for Paul Pontallier. Still tight but nothing out of balance. Very Margaux. Very classic claret. Quite brave because there is nothing showy about this wine, but it could truly be described as beautiful. 13.5%

Jancis Robinson MW, jancisrobinson.com (April 2016)
19/20

The 2015 Château Margaux is a blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, all together representing 35% of the total production at the estate. Raised entirely in new oak, it has a lucid garnet color. The bouquet is aimed directly at the senses - there is no dilly-dallying about, as it almost knocks you off your stool with its intense mineralité embroidered into this iridescent, graphite-tinged nose. The focus and penetration here ranks among the finest that I have tasted at this estate since first coming here in 1997. The palate is astonishingly well balanced, perfectly poised with super-fine tannins wrapped around pure blackberry, bilberry, graphite and cedar fruit. Like the Pavillon Rouge this year, there is a Pauillac-like sense of authority and aristocracy, leavened by Margaux-inspired femininity that completes that standout 2015 on the Left Bank. Beg for a bottle and worry about the cost later. Post script: I composed this tasting note five days before the passing of Paul Pontallier. It is a final gift from a gifted winemaker.

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (April 2016)
98—100/100

The 2015 Margaux is a super-classic wine. In 2015, most Margauxs are notably intense, but Château Margaux expresses the richness of the year in its surprising tannic backbone and overall structure. Far from an up-front or sensual wine, the 2015 Margaux is likely to require considerable cellaring. It is a tightly-wound wine that manages to be both powerful and crystalline in its translucent purity. The 2015 is a wine of real density and yet so very much Margaux. About 35% of the crop went into the Grand Vin.

Antonio Galloni, vinous.com (April 2016)
95—98/100

The greatest Margaux ever made. More than perfection. Full body, firm and ultra-silky tannins. Black currant, mineral and floral character. It starts slowly and seems almost endless on the palate. Seamless. I want to sing! This is the wine that Margaux never made in some of the classics vintages like 1961, 1959 and 1945. May be its the 1900 all over again? Breathtaking

James Suckling, jamessuckling.com (April 2016)
100/100
Decanter
98/100