2010 Margaux



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£6,686.00

Average critic rating : 98.35 points

99

99

The 2010 is a brilliant Chateau Margaux, as one might expect in this vintage. The percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon in the final blend hit 90%, the balance Merlot and Cabernet Franc, and only 38% of the crop made it into the Chateau Margaux. Paul Pontallier, the administrator, told me that this wine has even higher levels of tannin than some other extraordinary vintages such as 2005, 2000, 1996, etc. Deep purple, pure and intense, with floral notes, tremendous opulence and palate presence, this is a wine of considerable nobility. With loads of blueberry, black currant and violet-infused fruit and a heady alcohol level above 13.5% (although that looks modest compared to several other first growths, particularly Chateau Latour and Chateau Haut-Brion), its beautifully sweet texture, ripe tannin, abundant depth and profound finish all make for another near-perfect wine that should age effortlessly for 30-40 years. Wine Advocate, February 2013

99

99

The Grand Vin is a blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot and 1.5% each of Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Bottled in late July, Paul Pontallier reminded me that the Grand Vin takes around six months before it settles down. Still, allowing several minutes aeration, it has a very intense bouquet of dark cherries, boysenberry, crushed stone and a hint of bay leaf that is beautifully defined, but as Paul mentioned, will need a months to blossom. The palate has a beguiling sense of symmetry: spine-tingling poise and tension. This is a magisterial Chateau Margaux with seamlessly integrated oak, pure dark berry fruit and an almost breathless, Burgundy-like purity on the satin textured finish. Utterly seductive, this is an incredible wine that will age for decades. Tasted November 2012. Neal Martin, eRobertParker.com

100

100

This was phenomenal from barrel and remains so. The aromas are spellbinding. It smells like a bouquet of pink roses and then goes to currants, berries and citrus. Full body, with wonderfully refined tannins. It starts discretely and then grows to different levels and dimensions like a slow but big high tide. The texture is so beautiful. Try it in 2020 or beyond. jamessuckling.com

96-99

96-99

Superfocused and superracy, with torrents of cherry, raspberry and plum fruit. Offering terrific mouthfeel, this glides by effortlessly, with a fantastic perfume developing on the finish. Long and iron-tinged. Really, really fine-grained. Other than 2006, this is the only vintage since 2000 with as much Cabernet Sauvignon (90 percent). Tasted non-blind. James Molesworth, winespectator.com

19

19

Amazingly dark purple. Very, very strongly Cabernet Sauvignon (90% of the blend - only 2006 matched it) with some light vegetation at first which opened out and mellowed to something utterly seductive in the glass. Dry and intense. Very rich on the front and amazingly supple – it smells as though it may be going to be a bit of brute but on the palate it is still so intense and polished initially but then it is clear that there are masses and masses of tannins. There is noble, fine, perfectly confident, minerally fruit that opens out on the palate. It is thinkable to drink this already! Paul Pontallier: ‘We decanted the samples but it still grows in the glass.’ 13.5% jancisrobinson.com

20

20

Superb colour, a lovely concentration of polished flavours that stay on the palate forever, unbelievable freshness and density, a truly great wine. Drink 2020-50. Steven Spurrier, decanter.com

18

18

Château Margaux recorded as many as 2,000 tasters during the critical early April period, including many Chinese. At the opposite end of the spectrum from Mouton, with faint citric odours, is now fairly austere and restrained, with acid and medium-rare tannins, through which is suggested a completeness and finesse, revealing bilberry, plum and lime flavours. Its relatively low alcohol content is 13.5%. From 90% Cabernet Sauvignon (80% in 2009), 7% Merlot (10% in 2009), 1.5% Petit Verdot, 1.5% Cabernet Franc. The same yield as 2009 has been achieved.This well-balanced and refined classic will live long.

98-100

98-100

Margaux - A blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot and equal parts Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, the wine is defined in part because of the effective low yields. Only 38% of the harvest was included in the Grand Vin. The rest of the harvest was divided as follows. An equal portion of 38% went into Pavillon Rouge. The remaining wine was divided between their third and the new fourth wine. 210 marks what could be the lowest production ever recorded in Chateau Margaux. . Deep ruby on color, with an enticing perfume filled with smoke, cedar, cassis, violets, oak, tobacco, spice and black raspberries. But that?s not where the excitement is found. In the mouth, pure elegance, silk, satin and velvet, incredibly plush, refined, polished and long, this intensely pure Cabernet Sauvignon based wine remains on your palate for at least 60 seconds. 2010 Chateau Margaux exemplifies precision, purity, balance and elegance with a seamless finish. Everything is in balance with perfect harmony.winecellarinsider.com

97-99

97-99

The amazingly complex 2010 Margaux is a deep ruby colour, with striking aromatics of sweet violets, cedar , blackberries and ripe blackcurrants, leading to rich and really pure fruit flavours and deep velvety tannins on the palate, and a very long finish. The 90% Cabernet Sauvignon has clearly added density and richness to this wine, which will need at least 10 years of bottle age. asianpalate.com

19.5

19.5

Cropped at 40 hl /h the 2010 Margaux is an absolute beauty. The nose is very Margaux: violets, damsons, soap, limestone. The palate is pure silk framed with cashmire tannins, beautifully balanced and revealing layer upon layer of beautifullydeliniated flavours which build and build. Not at all obvious, this is all about restraint and subtlety.



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Chateau Margaux: The Importance

The wines of First Growth Château Margaux are so revered that the estate takes the name of the appellation in which it sits. While the big names in Pauillac jostle for dominance, Premier Grand Cru Classé Château Margaux is sole claimant of the Margaux appellation’s crown, despite stiff competition from neighbours Palmer and Rauzan-Ségla.

 

The critics are unanimous in their praise of Château Margaux with Neal Martin calling it: “the most feminine and charming of the First Growths.” He has even been known to advise his readers to “beg for a bottle and worry about the cost later.”

 

In Robert Parker’s eyes: “Margaux is consistently top-flight and generally one of the finest First Growths of Bordeaux.” An opinion backed up by Wine Advocate’s four perfect scores of 100 points (1900, 1990, 1996 and 2000), James Suckling’s five 100 point scores (2000, 2005, 2009, 2010 and 2015) and the innovative ranking website Wine Lister placing it in the top 20 wines in the world, among the likes of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Penfolds Grange, Dominus, Latour and Screaming Eagle and the other Bordeaux greats.

 

As Jeff Leve of The Wine Cellar Insider alludes to, the estate’s illustrious history is second to none: “The wines of Château Margaux have been sought by wealthy wine lovers for centuries… Château Margaux at its best blends elegance, purity of fruit, harmony and finesse.”

 

Chateau Margaux: The Insight

Château Margaux’s Grand Vin is the epitome of feminine and fragrant Bordeaux. However, these wines are not light-bodied, as Robert Parker says: “The style of Margaux is one of opulent richness, with a deep, complex bouquet of ripe blackcurrants, spicy vanilla and violets.” The consistently high-scoring Grand Vin (10-12,000 cases per year) is much sought-after in almost every vintage and as therefore commands a high price.

 

The estate produces around 16,000 cases of a second wine: Pavillon Rouge du Château Margaux. The first vintage was 1906. In Robert Parker’s opinion: “Their second wine, which easily represents 30% to 50% of the declassified Château Margaux… has come on strong lately with some beautiful efforts in the 21st century.” A great wine in its own right (it is often described by critics as being more like a Grand Vin than a second wine), it offers a glimpse into this great estate at around a quarter of the price of the Grand Vin.

 

As Robert Parker puts it: “What is probably less well known is that their white wine, 100% Sauvignon Blanc, is one of the finest dry whites of Bordeaux and has been especially strong since the late 1990s.” Pavillon Blanc du Château Margaux is unusual for the appellation in being 100% Sauvignon Blanc. A little Semillon may find its way into the wine on rare occasions. Produced in tiny quantities of around 2-300 cases per year, it is always much in demand.

 

Chateau Margaux: The Background

Château Margaux began making wine in the 1700s and achieved widespread fame by 1787, when it topped Thomas Jefferson’s hierarchy of châteaux. After its vineyards were captured during the Anglo-French wars of the 18th century, Château Margaux became a popular imbibe in the City of London. But it was being taken over by the Mentzelopoulos family in the late 1970s that pushed it forward with their serious but careful investment. As Jeff Leve says: “Château Margaux is a traditional Bordeaux winery… They take their time to make sure each step forward is the right step forward.”

 

The Mentzelopoulos family took on the legendary Paul Pontallier in 1983, described by Antonio Galloni as “one of Bordeaux’s foremost ambassadors and a true gentleman.” Dedicating his career to Château Margaux he steered the estate from what Neal Martin called “his brilliant debut in 1983” to the “thrilling” 2015, before his untimely death in 2016. Sadly Pontallier, described by Robert Parker as “the genius behind Château Margaux”, did not witness the rapturous critical acclaim that accompanied the release of his 2015s. His impact on Bordeaux and the world of fine was enormous, with Neal Martin asking “Where would Margaux be without him? For the last three decades, his wines have been a beacon, illustrating what the appellation could achieve with commitment and forward thinking.”

 

In 2016 Château Margaux unveiled what Neal Martin calls a “Sir Norman Foster-designed, state-of-the-art winery.” This services their largely organic vineyards of around 90 hectares planted with red grapes, which remains relatively unchanged, size-wise, since the 1855 Classification. These are, rather unusually for Bordeaux, situated very close to the château itself. Three quarters are planted with Cabernet Sauvignon, with remaining predominantly Merlot with a little Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Château Margaux is a welcoming and open estate, FINE+RARE were once told by their Commercial Director that “We have no secrets; we don’t need them. We have the terroir.”



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