2019 Château Margaux, 1er Cru Margaux

The 2019 Château Margaux has a remarkable, soaring nose of wild flowers, dark fruit, and crushed rocks. The palate is so silky and sensuous, with stunning purity of fruit. It’s a cliché, but this has ‘the iron fist in a velvet glove’ character that so many seek in the very best vintages of Margaux. This is not to be missed.

Critic score
97/100

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WINE DETAILS

  • Region & country
    Margaux, Médoc, Bordeaux, France
  • Maturity
    Young 2027 - 2052
  • Colour
    Red
  • Sweetness
    Dry
  • Style
    Still
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
  • Classification
    Premier Cru
2019 Château Margaux, 1er Cru Margaux

TASTING NOTES

The 2019 Château Margaux, like many other top names, was tasted in 12-hour intervals after opening. Like the Pavillon Rouge, it is tightly-wound on the nose initially and it is really only after 12-hours that it begins to motor, revealing enticing scents of blackberry, briary, seaweed and crushed stone, perhaps less florality, less violet-inspired aromas compared to previous vintages. The palate is medium-bodied with very lithe tannins that disguise the considerable backbone of this First Growth. This is imbued with a sense of linearity and focus, a strictness that gradually gives way to more sensuality. It is a beautifully proportioned Château Margaux, somehow "effortless", fanning out nonchalantly with residues of white pepper and fresh tobacco on the finish. Outstanding.

Neal Martin, vinous.com (June 2020)
(96—98)/100
Château Margaux

Château Margaux, is the most important château in the appellation of the same name. Its legendary reputation is as strong today as it was when it was first classified as a First Growth and it has remained a sought after name in the fine wine world. Its five century long legacy began on the landmark of the ‘Mothe de Margaux,’ a small gravel outcrop in an otherwise flat region. The well-drained soils became the perfect place for vines to flourish, allowing Château Margaux to establish its first-class reputation.

It has been owned by the Mentzelopoulos family since 1977 and has seen a wealth of Bordeaux experience pass through its cellars. Consultant Oenologist Emile Peynaud advised in the 1970s and in 1983 Paul Pontallier was hired as winemaker where he stayed until his sad passing in 2015. Prominent architect Sir Norman Foster designed the underground cellar and tasting rooms, research centre and wine production facility.

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