|Grapes||Merlot, Cab Franc, Cab Sauv|
|Classification||Cru Bourgeois Supérieur|
Tastes very natural, as though made of warm fruit on a hot summer's day. Nice nose of creamy ripe blackberry. Soft and cushiony, dry oak (tight grain) giving a little tug; easy. Well-done if a little warm and drying. This new team are proving the promise they showed in the 2010.
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This could be better in 2011 than 2009. Perhaps its because of new management team at estate. Full and dense with silky tannins and a long finish. Well done.
90 - 91/100 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com
Pretty concentrated for a Margaux in 2011 (a year when the appellation underperformed), this has notes of fig, bramble and cassis, plenty of liquorice and sweet spice, dense tannins, age worthy structure and good polish and texture. Continues the château’s rich vein of form since 2009. 12+ years.
92 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com
A good, winey core of cassis and blackberry is framed by a noticeable plum skin edge that is in turn offset by polished toast. Modern and direct in style.
88 - 91/100 James Molesworth, The Wine Spectator
Good ripe blackcurrant fruit, richly textured and well-balanced, combining elegance and power. Drink 2015-2025.
Dark, dark cherry and black core. Oak char. Ripe and floral, both red and dark fruit. Fluid but tails off a bit to a flat finish. Starts better than it finishes. Pretty drying at the very end. 2017-2026
15.5 Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com
A blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot aged in 40% new oak. It has an attractive, typical Margaux-like bouquet with fine minerality and deftly integrated oak. The palate is well balanced with crisp acidity, not a heavyweight or opulent Margaux but it is supremely focused with a delectable, feminine poised finish that is fresh and natural.
91-93 Neal Martin, www.erobertparker.com
Made from a blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot that hit 14% natural alcohol, the excellent 2011 is a sleeper of the vintage. Textured, with soft tannins, lots of black currant and black cherry fruit, surprising density and a velvety finish, it should drink well for a decade or more. 2012 - 2022
88-90 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.eRobertParker.com
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