2002 1er Cru Classé
|Grapes||Cab Franc, Merlot, Cab Sauv|
|Classification||1er Cru Classé|
The Grand Vin is 86% Cabernet (the highest percentage ever) 7% Merlot (the lowest percentage ever) and 2% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. Very fine Cabernet nose, very suave, red and black fruit, builds well on the palate and finishes with great length and purity - very much focussed on elegance and linear beauty rather than complexity or size. 'The pure classicism of Margaux Cabernet - same family as the '96, but not the same depth - the little brother of 1996' says Paul Pontallier 'better than the 2001 - a more classic style' (with its) impeccable touch of finesse of Margaux' L&S (Mar 2005)
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Performing better from bottle than at any time in cask (which of course is the objective of great winemaking, isn’t it?), this wine reveals a dense ruby/purple color in a style somewhat reminiscent of the 1988 but with more power, concentration, and volume. It has a beautifully elegant nose of black fruits intermixed with truffle, flower, and oak. The wine is medium to full-bodied, dense, with wonderful precision, freshness, and a long, full-bodied finish with impressive levels of concentration. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2030. Rating: 93 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com (Oct 2011)
Sweet and easy and round and digestible. Racy, with a very neat finish. 2010-2017 Rating: 17 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com (Oct 2011)
Very refined on the nose...definitely First Growth quality with a beautiful floral scent. Margaux? Black cherries, a touch of cassis, violets and wild hedgerow. Superb clarity. Ripe succulent entry, very pure and very harmonious with filigree tannins and a natural, graceful finish that belies its power. Rating: 95-95 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com (Jan 2010)
1855 classification - Premier Grand Cru Classé Margaux, originally La Mothe de Margaux, has a long history dating back to at least the 12th Century. By the 17th Century, Margaux was widely recognised for the quality of their wines - in 1771 Château Margaux was the first wine sold by Christies, and Thomas Jefferson bought some Margaux when he was Ambassador to France. The French Revolution was a turbulent time for Margaux but, by the turn of the 19th Century, the estate was in the hands of the Basque Marquis de la Colonilla who's singular contribution was to build the château that we see today. Margaux's reputation was recognised by the 1855 classification which placed it among the elite group of Premier Grand Cru Classés. By the 1960's, however, Margaux was trading as much on reputation as anything else and a run of poor vintages in the 1970's led Margaux to be sold. This was its salvation, for the purchaser was André Mentzelpoulos who, despite some rumblings of discontent locally at such a grand property falling into "foreign" hands, poured in investment, replanting the vineyards, building a new underground cellar and renovating the château. Also more than renovated was Margaux's reputation as one of Bordeaux's leading estates, a reputation it now richly deserves, still under the benevolent eye of the Mentzelpoulos family. Château Margaux is a large estate, running to nearly 265ha, although under vine there are only 82ha. For red wines the vines are 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot with smaller plantings of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Wines are fermented and aged in barrels made at Margaux's own cooperage, the reds spending up to two years in wood. The second wine of the estate is Pavillon Rouge de Château Margaux which has been produced since the 19th Century, making it among the longest established of such wines. Château Margaux also produce a very successful white wine - Pavillon Blanc de Château Margaux - 100% Sauvignon Blanc, aged in wood for six months. This is classified as AOC Bordeaux as there is no appellation for white Margaux.
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