Margaux

Margaux had it all in 2018. First mildew, then hail, then such a dry summer it verged on a drought in some inland areas. The well placed ones escaped relatively unscathed but the quality in this appellation isn't as consistent as it is in Margaux's northern neighbours. Brane Cantenac, d'Issan and Rauzan Ségla have all made fabulous wines (and second wines), as have Ferrière and Labégorce, but there are some Margaux that clearly suffered in the heat or were pushed too hard in the winery.

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2018 CHÂTEAU MARGAUX 1er Cru Classé

2018 CHÂTEAU MARGAUX 1er Cru Classé

Release date: 11/6/2019

90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot. Around 10% of the estate was hit by mildew in 2018 but the Grand Vin parcels were more resistant and yield was still around90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot. Around 10% of the estate was hit by mildew in 2018 but the Grand Vin parcels were more resistant and yield was still around 31hl/ha. That's despite some very small Cabernet grapes with a low ratio of highly concentrated juice. The small berries are probably why this is a very powerful Margaux full of deep, intense dark fruit. There is a huge amount of tannin too but you barely feel it. They are just so fine and polished. Despite the evident concentration, this still has a real Margaux feel. It's all wrapped in that fine mineral casing and has that unmistakable glide across the palate. It's incredibly tightly wound for now but this has all the ingredients of a great Margaux. Drinking range: 2030 - 2050L&S(Apr 2019)

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2018 PAVILLON ROUGE du Château Margaux

2018 PAVILLON ROUGE du Château Margaux

Release date: 11/6/2019

69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 9% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc. There is more Petit Verdot in this than usual because the team here loved the finesse of this variety's tannins in 2018. It's69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 9% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc. There is more Petit Verdot in this than usual because the team here loved the finesse of this variety's tannins in 2018. It's probably added a nuance to the nose too because this is so open. Dark berry and redcurrent fruit mixes with violets and sweet spice. It's open on the palate too. The generous fruit has lovely gloss and density. It's not a shy wine though. There is a lot of structure and the finish is quite firm. That will mellow of course but this is definitely a Pavillon showing just as much power as finesse. Drinking range: 2028 - 2045L&S(Apr 2019)

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2018 CHÂTEAU DURFORT VIVENS 2ème Cru Classé Margaux

2018 CHÂTEAU DURFORT VIVENS 2ème Cru Classé Margaux

Release date: 4/6/2019

This is a crazy wine. Everything was done by hand, without electricity, because it was made in seven-hectoliter amphora. The grapes were hand-sorted. It’s full-bodied with tannins that are integratedThis is a crazy wine. Everything was done by hand, without electricity, because it was made in seven-hectoliter amphora. The grapes were hand-sorted. It’s full-bodied with tannins that are integrated so well into the wine, which gives it tension and freshness. Blackberries. Lavender. 10 hectoliters. Best Dufort ever? Rating: 96-97 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com(Apr 2019)

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2018 CHÂTEAU GISCOURS 3ème Cru Classé Margaux

2018 CHÂTEAU GISCOURS 3ème Cru Classé Margaux

Release date: 29/5/2019

This Giscours has a rich, dark fruited nose and the oak is still quite apparent. There's lots of sweet spice and toast in the background that should integrate over time. On the palate there is lotsThis Giscours has a rich, dark fruited nose and the oak is still quite apparent. There's lots of sweet spice and toast in the background that should integrate over time. On the palate there is lots of volume and concentration but it's a little on the solid side. Not the most elegant or energetic Margaux but it will please many. The finish has big billowing tannins that will need plenty of time to mellow. Drinking range: 2028 - 2045L&S(Apr 2019)

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2018 CHÂTEAU D'ISSAN 3ème Cru Classé Margaux

2018 CHÂTEAU D'ISSAN 3ème Cru Classé Margaux

Release date: 28/5/2019

60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot with 50% new wood. Like the Blason this has a really fragrant nose of red and black fruit with a palpable sense of freshness. It's not the most densely structured60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot with 50% new wood. Like the Blason this has a really fragrant nose of red and black fruit with a palpable sense of freshness. It's not the most densely structured or concentrated of Margaux in 2018 but it's not lightweight either. The tannins are just super-fine and perfectly integrated. There's also a clean line of acidity running right through the middle of the wine - something that's not always easy to find in this vintage. It's one of the reasons this feels so energetic and full of 'juice'. We loved the finesse of this d'Issan. It's a wine that will greatly appeal to classicists in a modern Bordeaux vintage. Drinking range: 2030 - 2050L&S(Apr 2019)

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2018 BLASON D'ISSAN Margaux Château d'Issan

2018 BLASON D'ISSAN Margaux Château d'Issan

Release date: 28/5/2019

52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 48% Merlot aged in 35% new wood. This is all made from 'young' 18 year old vines inside the famous d'Issan Clos. There weren't many wines from Margaux in 2018 that have real52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 48% Merlot aged in 35% new wood. This is all made from 'young' 18 year old vines inside the famous d'Issan Clos. There weren't many wines from Margaux in 2018 that have real freshness and crunch to the fruit, but this is definitely one. There's some lovely complexity too with blackcurrent, cranberry and damson all in the mix. It's certainly not the most concentrated 2018 but therein lies its beauty. It's a refined, glossy and hugely drinkable claret. Just a delicious Blason. Drinking range: 2024 - 2035L&S(Apr 2019)

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2018 CHÂTEAU BRANE-CANTENAC 2ème Cru Classé Margaux

2018 CHÂTEAU BRANE-CANTENAC 2ème Cru Classé Margaux

Release date: 24/5/2019

74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot at an average of 45hl/ha with 70% new wood. This is an exceptional Brane-Cantenac and, while it didn't quite have the polish and74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot at an average of 45hl/ha with 70% new wood. This is an exceptional Brane-Cantenac and, while it didn't quite have the polish and refinement of Margaux, it was very hot on the first growth's heals in 2018. The wine is so open an inviting with a beautifully scented nose of blackberry, cranberry, black cherry and violets. The palate lives up to the aromatic expectation and is chock full of gorgeously rich fruit of profound depth and purity. It just floats across the mid-palate toward a silky, concentrated finish. This is very fine a very fine Margaux from a property on a real hot-streak. Drinking range: 2028 - 2045L&S(Apr 2019)

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2018 CHÂTEAU FERRIÈRE 3ème Cru Classé Margaux

2018 CHÂTEAU FERRIÈRE 3ème Cru Classé Margaux

Release date: 24/5/2019

68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc all from just 16 hectares of biodynamically grown grapes. We make no secret of our admiration for this small Margaux estate but68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc all from just 16 hectares of biodynamically grown grapes. We make no secret of our admiration for this small Margaux estate but the team have outdone themselves in 2018. This is a fantastic Ferrière full of deep, cool dark fruit with only a hint at the ripeness of the vintage. There is lovely flow across the velvety mid-palate and some really fine tannins that bolster rather than overwhelm the fruit. This is a serious Margaux with a long and hugely promising life ahead of it. Definitely one to watch. Drinking range: 2025 - 2040L&S(Apr 2019)

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2018 BARON DE BRANE Margaux Château Brane-Cantenac

2018 BARON DE BRANE Margaux Château Brane-CantenacPRIMEUR FAVOURITES

Release date: 24/5/2019

60% Merlot, 34% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc, 2% Carménère. While some Margaux properties suffered in the heat, the clay-gravel soils of Brane-Cantenac retained just enough water to keep the60% Merlot, 34% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc, 2% Carménère. While some Margaux properties suffered in the heat, the clay-gravel soils of Brane-Cantenac retained just enough water to keep the vines refreshed. The natural ripeness of the vintage has helped this Baron reach new heights, mainly because of some 'very expressive Merlot'. This is a juicy, fruit-forward wine that could be drunk well in its youth but also has the structure and density to age. We just loved its freshness and beautiful Margaux fragrance. Another terrific second wine that should not be overlooked. Drinking range: 2023 - 2030L&S(Apr 2019)

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2018 CHÂTEAU CANTENAC BROWN Cru Classé Margaux

2018 CHÂTEAU CANTENAC BROWN Cru Classé Margaux

Release date: 23/5/2019

This Cantenac Brown has avoided some of the over-ripeness seen in other Margaux properties in 2018. The fruit is fragrant and not too cooked. There's some life on the palate as well but the tanninsThis Cantenac Brown has avoided some of the over-ripeness seen in other Margaux properties in 2018. The fruit is fragrant and not too cooked. There's some life on the palate as well but the tannins are on the fury side and this will need time to knit together. Not the most concentrated or refined Margaux we tasted but it should make for decent mid-level drinking. Drinking range: 2025 - 2035L&S(Apr 2019)

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2018 CHÂTEAU DU TERTRE 5ème Cru Classé Margaux

2018 CHÂTEAU DU TERTRE 5ème Cru Classé Margaux

Release date: 23/5/2019

You feel the warmth of the vintage on the nose of this du Tertre which is packed with concentrated, dark berry fruit - soft and warm, rather than fresh and crunchy. It's quite full on the palate andYou feel the warmth of the vintage on the nose of this du Tertre which is packed with concentrated, dark berry fruit - soft and warm, rather than fresh and crunchy. It's quite full on the palate and there is plenty of firm tannin waiting in the wings. It perhaps lacks a little bit of brightness and energy, though that may come in time. Drinking range: 2026 - 2035L&S(Apr 2019)

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2018 CHÂTEAU KIRWAN 3ème Cru Classé Margaux

2018 CHÂTEAU KIRWAN 3ème Cru Classé Margaux

Release date: 22/5/2019

Lots of blackberry fruit again here. It has fine gloss and good purity. There is more energy here than some but it still never quite sets the palate alight . A decent Margaux that will reward someLots of blackberry fruit again here. It has fine gloss and good purity. There is more energy here than some but it still never quite sets the palate alight . A decent Margaux that will reward some time in the cellar to allow the chalky tannins on the finish to integrate. Drinking range: 2028 - 2040L&S(Apr 2019)

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2018 CHÂTEAU PALMER 3ème Cru Classé Margaux

2018 CHÂTEAU PALMER 3ème Cru Classé Margaux

Release date: 10/5/2019

At 11hl/ha, this is the smallest harvest ever at Palmer. It's due to two bouts of mildew that took hold in the vineyard, first in June and then, even more dramatically, in mid July. There won't beAt 11hl/ha, this is the smallest harvest ever at Palmer. It's due to two bouts of mildew that took hold in the vineyard, first in June and then, even more dramatically, in mid July. There won't be any Alter Ego this year and Palmer's production is just 6,000 cases - half of the normal production. The fruit that survived the mildew was incredibly concentrated. You feel it in the ripeness on the palate and in the density of super-fine tannin (85 IPT is the highest ever at Palmer). It gives this wine an incredibly rich, creamy sensation at the same time as being fresh and juicy. It's a remarkable Palmer with tremendous flow and length but sadly it's likely to be quite hard to find. Drinking range: 2030 - 2050L&S(Apr 2019)

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2018 CHÂTEAU MARQUIS DE TERME 4ème Cru Classé Margaux

2018 CHÂTEAU MARQUIS DE TERME 4ème Cru Classé Margaux

Release date: 9/5/2019

There is some deep blackcurrent fruit here but the sample we tasted was showing quite a bit of oak influence. You feel it on the palate as well. It's very creamy and rich, then comes lots of chalkyThere is some deep blackcurrent fruit here but the sample we tasted was showing quite a bit of oak influence. You feel it on the palate as well. It's very creamy and rich, then comes lots of chalky tannin on the finish. This should all knit together in time but for now the parts are slightly disjointed. Drinking range: 2025 - 2035L&S(Apr 2019)

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2018 CHÂTEAU MALESCOT SAINT EXUPÉRY 3ème Cru Classé Margaux

2018 CHÂTEAU MALESCOT SAINT EXUPÉRY 3ème Cru Classé Margaux

Release date: 7/5/2019

This is a mighty Malescot. You sense the concentration on the nose which is heady with warm blackcurrent fruit. On the palate it is incredibly rich and glossy, almost confiture-like. The texture isThis is a mighty Malescot. You sense the concentration on the nose which is heady with warm blackcurrent fruit. On the palate it is incredibly rich and glossy, almost confiture-like. The texture is very full and creamy. Then come huge, fine tannins. There is certainly nothing shy about this! It's just a question of whether you could handle a second glass. A very decadent wine that is more Malescot than Margaux? Drinking range: 2028 - 2045L&S(Apr 2019)

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2018 CHÂTEAU PRIEURÉ LICHINE 4ème Cru Classé Margaux

2018 CHÂTEAU PRIEURÉ LICHINE 4ème Cru Classé Margaux

Release date: 6/5/2019

65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot. This has a blackberry nose with a real impression of sweetness. It's very dense on the palate and the tannins are really dominating the fruit at65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot. This has a blackberry nose with a real impression of sweetness. It's very dense on the palate and the tannins are really dominating the fruit at this stage. One for the long haul perhaps. Drinking range: 2030 - 2050L&S(Apr 2019)

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2018 CHÂTEAU LA GURGUE Cru Bourgeois Supérieur Margaux

2018 CHÂTEAU LA GURGUE Cru Bourgeois Supérieur Margaux

Release date: 26/4/2019

57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot. Biodynamically grown with volumes down 20% due to the mildew. This is one of the best La Gurgues we can remember tasting en primeur. The extra57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot. Biodynamically grown with volumes down 20% due to the mildew. This is one of the best La Gurgues we can remember tasting en primeur. The extra warmth of the vintage has added more body and form to the moreish dark fruit. It's still on the lighter side but it's pure, concentrated and has more texture to the mid-palate than usual. Tannins are nicely integrated too. Definitely one to keep an eye on as this is often a very well-priced Cru Bourgeois. Drinking range: 2025 - 2035L&S(Apr 2019)

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2018 CHÂTEAU BOYD CANTENAC 3ème Cru Classé Margaux

2018 CHÂTEAU BOYD CANTENAC 3ème Cru Classé Margaux

Release date: 26/4/2019

Mineral nose of pebbles and gravel. On the palate there is dense dark fruited juice. Full bodied and powerful, the polished tannins are noticeable and build towards the end. There is good acidityMineral nose of pebbles and gravel. On the palate there is dense dark fruited juice. Full bodied and powerful, the polished tannins are noticeable and build towards the end. There is good acidity with the wine holding a high tone throughout. Shaping up nicely. Drinking range: 2025 - 2035L&S(Apr 2019)

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2018 CHÂTEAU MONBRISON Cru Bourgeois Supérieur Margaux

2018 CHÂTEAU MONBRISON Cru Bourgeois Supérieur Margaux

Release date: 26/4/2019

Not the most precise dark fruit but there is no shortage of it and there's some freshness. It has good glide across the palate but the finish is hidden in lots of fury tannins. You wonder what theNot the most precise dark fruit but there is no shortage of it and there's some freshness. It has good glide across the palate but the finish is hidden in lots of fury tannins. You wonder what the fruit will be like once those have mellowed? There's nothing at all wrong with this but we suspect there may be better Cru Bourgeois from Margaux in this vintage. Drinking range: 2025 - 2035L&S(Apr 2019)

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2018 CHÂTEAU LABÉGORCE Cru Bourgeois Supérieur Margaux

2018 CHÂTEAU LABÉGORCE Cru Bourgeois Supérieur Margaux

Release date: 25/4/2019

This is a property in a rich vein of form and they have produced a superb 2018. It has lovely, pure dark fruit which travels nicely through what is quite a well-structured wine. Very impressiveThis is a property in a rich vein of form and they have produced a superb 2018. It has lovely, pure dark fruit which travels nicely through what is quite a well-structured wine. Very impressive concentration but unlike many Margaux in 2018 it's not overdone at all. The mid-palate is silky and full of energy. You do notice quite a bit of tannin on the finish but they are very fine and should integrate perfectly with all that lovely fruit. This will be an excellent Margaux in five or six year's time and should drink well for at least a decade. A very good cellar filler. Drinking range: 2024 - 2035L&S(Apr 2019)

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2018 CHÂTEAU MARQUIS D'ALESME 3ème Cru Classé Margaux

2018 CHÂTEAU MARQUIS D'ALESME 3ème Cru Classé Margaux

Release date: 25/4/2019

Good stuff from winemaker Marjolaine de Coninck: there's a creamy sweetness through the palate, with patisserie notes joining the dark fruit impact of the Cabernet. It's well balanced and rich, withGood stuff from winemaker Marjolaine de Coninck: there's a creamy sweetness through the palate, with patisserie notes joining the dark fruit impact of the Cabernet. It's well balanced and rich, with tannins that build fairly rapidly from the mid-palate onwards - you can feel their impact but they support rather than crush. Fermentation temperature was kept to 26°C to ensure gentle extraction, nicely combining the clear pleasure of this wine with a sense of elegance. 3.65pH. 65% new oak. Harvested 25 September to 12 October. 5% Petit Verdot completes the blend. Drinking range: 2027 - 2042 Rating: 94 Jane Anson, Decanter(Mar 2019)

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2018 CHÂTEAU LE COTEAU Cru Bourgeois Margaux
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2018 CHÂTEAU RAUZAN-SÉGLA 2ème Cru Classé Margaux

2018 CHÂTEAU RAUZAN-SÉGLA 2ème Cru Classé Margaux

We tasted one sample from a used barrel (2016) and two different toasts of new oak. The Saint Martin lent lovely smoothness and extra sweetness to the fruit, the Taransaud more structure and spice.We tasted one sample from a used barrel (2016) and two different toasts of new oak. The Saint Martin lent lovely smoothness and extra sweetness to the fruit, the Taransaud more structure and spice. You feel both in the balance of the final blend which sees 65% new wood from several different coopers. The nose combines opulent black fruit with lifted florality. On the palate the fruit is cool and pure. The tannins are so well judged and there's a really suave feel to the creamy, dense finish. This is a tremendous Rauzan-Ségla. Come back to it in a decade and you will not be disappointed. Drinking range: 2030 - 2050L&S(Apr 2019)

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