Margaux

Great Margaux is never really about power, it’s about perfume and elegance. It’s almost not surprising that 2021 was favourable for the appellation, which we’d rate as the best on the left bank (Pessac snapping at its heels). There were few misses here, with a lot of wines exhibiting that wonderful floral, violet perfume that any Margaux fans seeks out. It’s hard to make a sweeping statement, but generally yields were also not too far down on usual.

The big boys made suitably impressive wine, but we were enamoured by some of the wine from the more value end of the spectrum. Brane-Cantenac was outstanding, d’Issan showed their increasing pedigree and even humble wine like Labegorce showed an extra impressive layer of perfume. We liked these a lot, and hope the prices remain sensible.

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2021 CHÂTEAU DURFORT VIVENS 2ème Cru Classé Margaux

2021 CHÂTEAU DURFORT VIVENS 2ème Cru Classé Margaux

Release date: 14/6/2022

A very focused red, showing blackberry, blueberry and currant aromas and flavors, together with bark. It’s full and layered with lots of fine tannins that give this wine a velvety texture. 97%A very focused red, showing blackberry, blueberry and currant aromas and flavors, together with bark. It’s full and layered with lots of fine tannins that give this wine a velvety texture. 97% cabernet sauvignon and 3% merlot. From biodynamically grown grapes with Demeter certification. Rating: 94-95 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (May 2022)

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2021 CHÂTEAU MARGAUX 1er Cru Classé

2021 CHÂTEAU MARGAUX 1er Cru Classé

Release date: 14/6/2022

Vivid fruit, raspberries and bilberries, cassis bud, saffron and graphite, full of energy and classicism, showcasing what can be achieved in the vintage. Harvest through to October 14. 36% of theVivid fruit, raspberries and bilberries, cassis bud, saffron and graphite, full of energy and classicism, showcasing what can be achieved in the vintage. Harvest through to October 14. 36% of the overall production. 3.64ph, Tannic index of 73, the same level as in 2019 and a litttle less than 2018 and 2020. Philippe Bascaules director, Eric Boissenot consultant. Drinking range: 2028 - 2044 Rating: 95 Jane Anson, www.janeanson.com (May 2022)

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2021 PAVILLON ROUGE du Château Margaux

2021 PAVILLON ROUGE du Château Margaux

Release date: 14/6/2022

A nicely rounded young red with fine tannins that are polished and poised. Medium body with a solid center-palate and a creamy finish. Shows wonderful ripeness and beauty. 73% cabernet sauvignon, 18%A nicely rounded young red with fine tannins that are polished and poised. Medium body with a solid center-palate and a creamy finish. Shows wonderful ripeness and beauty. 73% cabernet sauvignon, 18% merlot, 5% petit verdot and 4% cabernet franc. Rating: 94-95 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (May 2022)

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2021 CHÂTEAU GISCOURS 3ème Cru Classé Margaux

2021 CHÂTEAU GISCOURS 3ème Cru Classé Margaux

Release date: 10/6/2022

65 Cabernet Sauvignon, 32 Merlot, 3 Petit Verdot | 50% new oak | 13% alc Ripe, smooth and with good fruit quality and clarity, this is a classy wine with a long finish, and even though the oak65 Cabernet Sauvignon, 32 Merlot, 3 Petit Verdot | 50% new oak | 13% alc Ripe, smooth and with good fruit quality and clarity, this is a classy wine with a long finish, and even though the oak is fairly strident, it manages to work nicely with the confident Cabernet. Giscours made a very accurate wine in 2021, and it reminds me of the elegance shown in some of the finest bygone vintages. Rating: 17 Matthew Jukes www.matthewjukes.com (Jun 2022)

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2021 CHÂTEAU FERRIÈRE 3ème Cru Classé Margaux

2021 CHÂTEAU FERRIÈRE 3ème Cru Classé Margaux

Release date: 10/6/2022

Incorporating fully 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2021 Ferrière offers up notes of blackberries, licorice and loamy soil, followed by a medium to full-bodied, rich and rather layered, muscular palateIncorporating fully 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2021 Ferrière offers up notes of blackberries, licorice and loamy soil, followed by a medium to full-bodied, rich and rather layered, muscular palate built around powdery tannins and lively acids. Still primary and unevolved, this is a promising effort that should continue to improve with élevage. Rating: 90-92+ William Kelley, The Wine Advocate (May 2022)

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2021 BARON DE BRANE Margaux Château Brane-Cantenac

2021 BARON DE BRANE Margaux Château Brane-Cantenac

Release date: 9/6/2022

The 2021 Baron de Brane wafts from the glass with notes of minty blackberries, loamy soil and licorice. Medium-bodied, fleshy and lively, with good depth at the core, powdery tannins and a nicelyThe 2021 Baron de Brane wafts from the glass with notes of minty blackberries, loamy soil and licorice. Medium-bodied, fleshy and lively, with good depth at the core, powdery tannins and a nicely defined finish, it will offer a broad drinking window. Rating: 87-89 William Kelley, The Wine Advocate (May 2022)

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2021 CHÂTEAU BRANE-CANTENAC 2ème Cru Classé Margaux

2021 CHÂTEAU BRANE-CANTENAC 2ème Cru Classé Margaux

Release date: 9/6/2022

A medium-bodied, very polished Brane-Cantenac with firm yet fine and textured tannins. Deep and compact core of black fruit, herbs and spices. Pretty licorice and clove notes. Structured and long.A medium-bodied, very polished Brane-Cantenac with firm yet fine and textured tannins. Deep and compact core of black fruit, herbs and spices. Pretty licorice and clove notes. Structured and long. 74% cabernet sauvignon, 22% merlot, 2% cabernet franc, 1% petit verdot and 1% carmenere. Rating: 94-95 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (May 2022)

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2021 CHÂTEAU D'ISSAN 3ème Cru Classé Margaux

2021 CHÂTEAU D'ISSAN 3ème Cru Classé Margaux

Release date: 8/6/2022

This is a hearty, ripe and juicy wine with decent depth of fruit, impressive colour, and some rather lovely length and plushness. This is one of only a handful of genuinely successful wines in thisThis is a hearty, ripe and juicy wine with decent depth of fruit, impressive colour, and some rather lovely length and plushness. This is one of only a handful of genuinely successful wines in this commune, and while it is not a blockbuster and nor will it be a wine that will age for aeons, Issan is an attractive and successful wine in 2021, and I have no doubt that fans will flock to secure stock. Rating: 17.5 Matthew Jukes www.matthewjukes.com (Jun 2022)

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2021 BLASON D'ISSAN Margaux Château d'Issan

2021 BLASON D'ISSAN Margaux Château d'Issan

Release date: 8/6/2022

The 2021 Blason d'Issan exhibits aromas of sweet plums, licorice, wild berries, spices and rose petals, followed by a medium to full-bodied, ample and fleshy palate that's lively and charming,The 2021 Blason d'Issan exhibits aromas of sweet plums, licorice, wild berries, spices and rose petals, followed by a medium to full-bodied, ample and fleshy palate that's lively and charming, concluding with a delicately herbal finish. It's a blend of 62% Merlot, 46% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Petit Verdot. Rating: 88-89 William Kelley, The Wine Advocate (May 2022)

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2021 CHÂTEAU RAUZAN-SÉGLA 2ème Cru Classé Margaux

2021 CHÂTEAU RAUZAN-SÉGLA 2ème Cru Classé Margaux

Release date: 8/6/2022

A firm and linear wine with crushed stone and some citrusy acidity, Medium body, creamy tannins and a fresh finish, Lively at the end. Currant, blackberry and fresh tobacco in the aftertaste. 75%A firm and linear wine with crushed stone and some citrusy acidity, Medium body, creamy tannins and a fresh finish, Lively at the end. Currant, blackberry and fresh tobacco in the aftertaste. 75% cabernet sauvignon. Rating: 93-94 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (May 2022)

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2021 CHÂTEAU CANTENAC BROWN 3ème Cru Classé Margaux

2021 CHÂTEAU CANTENAC BROWN 3ème Cru Classé Margaux

Release date: 7/6/2022

The 2021 Cantenac Brown is another fine effort from a Margaux estate that's been on something of a roll of late. Unwinding in the glass with notions of cassis, wild berries, loamy soil and cigar box,The 2021 Cantenac Brown is another fine effort from a Margaux estate that's been on something of a roll of late. Unwinding in the glass with notions of cassis, wild berries, loamy soil and cigar box, it's medium to full-bodied, layered and seamless, with good concentration, lively acids and a nicely defined finish. José Sanfins and his team opted to wait to pick the estate's Cabernet Sauvignon between the fourth and 12th of October, and that appears to have paid off. The blend is 73% Cabernet Sauvignon and 27% Merlot, and just over half the estate's production went into the grand vin. Rating: 92-94 William Kelley, The Wine Advocate (May 2022)

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2021 CHÂTEAU KIRWAN 3ème Cru Classé Margaux

2021 CHÂTEAU KIRWAN 3ème Cru Classé Margaux

Release date: 7/6/2022

Bright ruby and violet in colour, careful extraction but this doesn't entirely cover the rhubarb and redcurrant fruits that mark the high acidity through the body of the wine. There are gorgeousBright ruby and violet in colour, careful extraction but this doesn't entirely cover the rhubarb and redcurrant fruits that mark the high acidity through the body of the wine. There are gorgeous floral aromatics though that situate you firmly in Margaux. Drinking range: 2026 - 2040 Rating: 91 Jane Anson, www.janeanson.com (May 2022)

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2021 CHÂTEAU BOYD CANTENAC 3ème Cru Classé Margaux

2021 CHÂTEAU BOYD CANTENAC 3ème Cru Classé Margaux

Release date: 2/6/2022

Damson and smoked oak on the nose, sweet fruit on the opening beats and this is richer than many you will find in the appellation, with well-worked tannins. A gourmet feel, not quite masking the highDamson and smoked oak on the nose, sweet fruit on the opening beats and this is richer than many you will find in the appellation, with well-worked tannins. A gourmet feel, not quite masking the high acidities that appear on the finish, closing things down. But plenty of appeal, and estate signature. 70% new oak. 32hl/y yield. Harvest September 27 to October 12. Drinking range: 2026 - 2040 Rating: 91 Jane Anson, www.janeanson.com (May 2022)

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2021 CHÂTEAU PRIEURÉ LICHINE 4ème Cru Classé Margaux

2021 CHÂTEAU PRIEURÉ LICHINE 4ème Cru Classé Margaux

Release date: 2/6/2022

The 2021 Prieuré-Lichine shows promise, exhibiting aromas of sweet berries, petals, loamy soil and cigar wrapper. Medium to full-bodied, velvety and seamless, with ripe tannins and a fleshy core ofThe 2021 Prieuré-Lichine shows promise, exhibiting aromas of sweet berries, petals, loamy soil and cigar wrapper. Medium to full-bodied, velvety and seamless, with ripe tannins and a fleshy core of fruit, it's a fine-boned, nicely balanced wine that concludes with a persistent finish. Rating: 90-92 William Kelley, The Wine Advocate (May 2022)

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2021 CHÂTEAU DU TERTRE 5ème Cru Classé Margaux

2021 CHÂTEAU DU TERTRE 5ème Cru Classé Margaux

Release date: 1/6/2022

First full year under new owners the Helfrich family, with the talented Frederic Ardouin remaining as techincal director. This is sculpted, skilfully worked, with plenty of finessed raspberry andFirst full year under new owners the Helfrich family, with the talented Frederic Ardouin remaining as techincal director. This is sculpted, skilfully worked, with plenty of finessed raspberry and loganberry fruit, sandalwood smoke on the nose and gentle tannic frame. Good appellation signature, well balanced. Drinking range: 2026 - 2040 Rating: 92 Jane Anson, www.janeanson.com (May 2022)

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2021 CHÂTEAU LA TOUR DE MONS Margaux

Release date: 1/6/2022

The 2021 La Tour de Mons was picked from 28 September to 12 October, the first complete vintage undertaken by Marjolaine de Coninck and her team. Matured in 25% new oak, it has a fragrant bouquet,The 2021 La Tour de Mons was picked from 28 September to 12 October, the first complete vintage undertaken by Marjolaine de Coninck and her team. Matured in 25% new oak, it has a fragrant bouquet, quite graceful and pure with seductive red brambly fruit laced with nuanced undergrowth aromas. The palate is elegant and poised with fine acidity, filigree tannins with a pure and caressing finish. This Margaux comes recommended. Drinking range: 2027 - 2042 Rating: 90-92 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (Jun 2022)

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2021 CHÂTEAU LABÉGORCE Cru Bourgeois Supérieur Margaux

2021 CHÂTEAU LABÉGORCE Cru Bourgeois Supérieur Margaux

Release date: 1/6/2022

The 2021 Labégorce is attractive, offering up a perfumed bouquet of cherries, raspberries, orange rind, cedary spices and smoke, followed by a medium-bodied, fleshy palate with a pretty core ofThe 2021 Labégorce is attractive, offering up a perfumed bouquet of cherries, raspberries, orange rind, cedary spices and smoke, followed by a medium-bodied, fleshy palate with a pretty core of fruit, supple tannins and lively acids. Rating: 90-91 William Kelley, The Wine Advocate (May 2022)

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2021 CHÂTEAU MARQUIS D'ALESME 3ème Cru Classé Margaux

2021 CHÂTEAU MARQUIS D'ALESME 3ème Cru Classé Margaux

Release date: 1/6/2022

Clear spiced pepper and turmeric notes giving depth, momentum and interest to the black cherry and blueberry fruit. Good depth to the colour also, this is enjoyable and well structured without beingClear spiced pepper and turmeric notes giving depth, momentum and interest to the black cherry and blueberry fruit. Good depth to the colour also, this is enjoyable and well structured without being overly austere. Tasted twice, impressed both times. 3.8ph, 60% new oak, harvest September 30 to October 14. 32hl/h yield. Drinking range: 2027 - 2042 Rating: 93 Jane Anson, www.janeanson.com (May 2022)

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2021 CHÂTEAU MALESCOT SAINT EXUPÉRY 3ème Cru Classé Margaux

2021 CHÂTEAU MALESCOT SAINT EXUPÉRY 3ème Cru Classé Margaux

Release date: 31/5/2022

The 2021 Malescot St. Exupery is a terrific effort, offering up aromas of sweet cassis and plums mingled with notions of licorice, espresso roast and toasty oak. Medium to full-bodied, ample andThe 2021 Malescot St. Exupery is a terrific effort, offering up aromas of sweet cassis and plums mingled with notions of licorice, espresso roast and toasty oak. Medium to full-bodied, ample and fleshy, it's impressively layered, with a sweet core of fruit, ripe tannins and lively acids. The dramatic style of the château has worked very well with the cooler, later-maturing vintage. The blend is 49% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. Rating: 92-94 William Kelley, The Wine Advocate (May 2022)

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2021 CHÂTEAU MARQUIS DE TERME 4ème Cru Classé Margaux

2021 CHÂTEAU MARQUIS DE TERME 4ème Cru Classé Margaux

Release date: 31/5/2022

Tight and focused with blackberry, blueberry and some licorice character. Medium body, firm tannins and a bright, linear finish.Tight and focused with blackberry, blueberry and some licorice character. Medium body, firm tannins and a bright, linear finish. Rating: 92-93 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (May 2022)

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2021 CHÂTEAU MONBRISON Cru Bourgeois Supérieur Margaux

2021 CHÂTEAU MONBRISON Cru Bourgeois Supérieur Margaux

Release date: 25/5/2022

Fresh-herb and berry character comes through clearly here. Medium body. Firm tannins. A little hard now.Fresh-herb and berry character comes through clearly here. Medium body. Firm tannins. A little hard now. Rating: 90-91 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (May 2022)

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2021 CHÂTEAU LA GURGUE Cru Bourgeois Supérieur Margaux

2021 CHÂTEAU LA GURGUE Cru Bourgeois Supérieur Margaux

Release date: 24/5/2022

A juicy and earthy red with rich soil aromas and flavors. Medium to full body with ripe and round tannins and a slightly chewy finish. Attractive. 54% cabernet sauvignon, 27% merlot and 19% petitA juicy and earthy red with rich soil aromas and flavors. Medium to full body with ripe and round tannins and a slightly chewy finish. Attractive. 54% cabernet sauvignon, 27% merlot and 19% petit verdot. From biodynamically grown grapes with Demeter certification. Rating: 91-92 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (May 2022)

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2021 ALTER EGO du Château Palmer Margaux

2021 ALTER EGO du Château Palmer Margaux

Release date: 24/5/2022

Deep plum in colour, with silky cassis and plum fruits on the attack. This is savoury, with sappy acidity that is mouthwatering rather than biting. This isn't exuberant and doesnt have huge flesh toDeep plum in colour, with silky cassis and plum fruits on the attack. This is savoury, with sappy acidity that is mouthwatering rather than biting. This isn't exuberant and doesnt have huge flesh to the fruit, but it is a truly enjoyable and engaging wine that is one of the '2nds' of the vintage. More black fruit in this than the Palmer in many ways. Higher Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend than usual after frost affected the Merlot, giving it more of a classical Margaux balance than you find in most vintages of Alter Ego, which tends to be generous. 3.76ph. Drinking range: 2025 - 2040 Rating: 93 Jane Anson, www.janeanson.com (May 2022)

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2021 CHÂTEAU PALMER 3ème Cru Classé Margaux

2021 CHÂTEAU PALMER 3ème Cru Classé Margaux

Release date: 24/5/2022

There’s brightness and clarity to this young wine, with blackcurrants, violets, lavender and blackberries. Medium body with a sold core of fruit and a long, fresh finish. Fine tannins. BrightThere’s brightness and clarity to this young wine, with blackcurrants, violets, lavender and blackberries. Medium body with a sold core of fruit and a long, fresh finish. Fine tannins. Bright acidity. 56% merlot, 3% petit verdot and 41% cabernet sauvignon. From biodynamically grown grapes. Rating: 96-97 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (May 2022)

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2021 CHÂTEAU ANGLUDET Cru Bourgeois Supérieur Margaux

2021 CHÂTEAU ANGLUDET Cru Bourgeois Supérieur Margaux

A sterling name in the Margaux appellation, often offering outstanding value in muliple vintages. They have leaned into the vintage charater not trying to fight against it, and what you get as aA sterling name in the Margaux appellation, often offering outstanding value in muliple vintages. They have leaned into the vintage charater not trying to fight against it, and what you get as a result is savoury juic red and black fruits, with waves of Margaux-signature florality. 26hl/h yield after frost. 50% amphora, 50% oak barrels. Drinking range: 2025 - 2032 Rating: 90 Jane Anson, www.janeanson.com (May 2022)

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