2008 Margaux

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Average critic rating : 92.75 points



This is a stunning Chateau Margaux, made in a sexy, up-front, elegant style, with deep creme de cassis fruit intermixed with spring flowers, a solid inner core of richness and depth, but again, very sweet tannins as well as striking minerality and elegance. One of the most seductive Chateau Margauxs given its recent bottling, this blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, and the rest tiny quantities of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot should drink beautifully for the next 25-30 years. Remarkably, a mere 36% of the entire production was selected for the 2008 Chateau Margaux. Robert Parker, Wine Advocate May 2011 This is a superb vintage for Chateau Margaux, and while it may be too early to say this, the 2008 appears superior to the 2007, 2006, 2004, 2003, 2002, and 2001. Only 36% of the crop was utilized and the yields were 40 hectoliters per hectare. An exceptionally late harvest for this estate began on October 3 for the Merlot, and finished on October 23. The final blend includes a whoppingly high 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, and dollops of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. As always, the first characteristic one notices is the extraordinary floral component as well as the sweet black currant fruit allied to full-bodied richness, sweet tannin, and superb freshness and delineation. In many ways, the 2008 is reminiscent of the 1996, but the former wine is showing even more density and concentration than the 1996 did at the same point in its evolution. The 2008, which appears set for 30-40 years of longevity, is a remarkable effort from this great estate. [95-97 Points] Robert Parker, Wine Advocate April 2009



Currant, blackberry and mineral aromas lead to a solid core of fruit, with fine tannins and a long, clean finish. Refined and very, very pretty. James Suckling,Wine Spectator 2009

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The first of the grand Médoc appellations north of Bordeaux is named after its greatest wine, Château Margaux. Margaux is one of the largest appellations of the Médoc and, unlike Pauillac for instance, Ch. Margaux stands alone at the top. Neighbouring properties Châteaux Palmer and Rauzan-Ségla are probably its closest competitors.

Owned by the Mentzelopulous family since 1977, and run by the charismatic Paul Pontallier since 1983, Château Margaux is one of the finest wines of Bordeaux, and the epitome of feminine, fragrant Bordeaux.

The vineyards are planted to Cabernet Sauvignon (75%), Merlot (20%), Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. In top vintages such as 2005 or 2010, the Cabernet Sauvignon can dominate the blend and more and more is used in the grand vin: whilst the Merlot gives the grand vin flesh, Paul Pontallier believes that it is the Cabernet Sauvignon that gives it greatness.

As with most of the best Bordeaux estates, a second wine is made: Pavillon Rouge de Ch. Margaux and, unusually for Margaux, a 100% Sauvignon Blanc white wine is made: Pavillon Blanc de Ch. Margaux.

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