“The juxtaposition between the acidity and the richness in this Château Margaux is just extraordinary!”
97-100 POINTS - LISA PERROTTI-BROWN, WINE ADVOCATE (on the 2019 Chateau Margaux)
Today sees the one of the most hotly anticipated releases of the Bordeaux 2019 En Primeur campaign, the legendary First Growth - Chateau Margaux.
Chateau Margaux in 2019 is one of the most consistently high scored wines in the campaign with four potentially perfect 100 point scores from the Wine Advocate, James Suckling, Jeb Dunnuck and Jeff Leve and will no doubt prove to be hugely popular.
Following on from a stunning run of vintages from the estate, including the extraordinary 2018 vintage, the chateau believes the 2019’s dry and warm summer gave them grapes similar to 2018, exceptionally small and concentrated, but the rain at the end of September changed the style of the Cabernet Sauvignon adding a level of freshness and elegance.
In the final blend the merlot adds incredible opulence whilst the Cabernet gives tremendous vivacity. The Estate describe the outcome as similar to 2009 in terms of texture and silkiness and 2010 for the freshness. This sounds like a perfect combination. On tasting, the wine emulates all the great traits of the appellation - an exuberant nose, generous precise fruit and weightless tannins that effortlessly create depth and length to the wine - It is extraordinary.
With such a price reduction and fantastic critical reception this is another fantastic buy from the 2019 En Primeur campaign. Like the previous major releases before it, this is sure to sell out fast. The wines will be available on a strict allocation-only basis, with existing pre-orders fulfilled as a priority.
Pavillon Rouge is the second wine of Chateau Margaux and has acquired a strong following in its own right. Decanter's Jane Anson describes the 2019 as "the best Pavillon Rouge for years", whilst Jeb Dunnuck believes it might be the finest he has ever tasted. Whilst not quite as exuberant as the Grand Vin it shares the refinement and seductive power and is a beautiful wine in 2019.
The fantastic quality of the cabernet sauvignon really comes through here with black currant, blueberry and raspberry character. It’s full-bodied with such tightness. It’s so beautiful in the center palate. The tannins are wonderfully blended into the wine and flow across the palate. Rather leaner and racy. Ethereal. 37% of the production and 90% cabernet sauvignon, 7% merlot, 2% cabernet franc and 1% petit verdot.
James Suckling (April 2001) Score: 99-100/100
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"The fantastic quality of the cabernet sauvignon really comes through here with black currant, blueberry and raspberry character. It’s full-bodied with such tightness. It’s so beautiful in the center palate. The tannins are wonderfully blended into the wine and flow across the palate. Rather leaner and racy. Ethereal. 37% of the production and 90% cabernet sauvignon, 7% merlot, 2% cabernet franc and 1% petit verdot."
99-100 POINTS - JAMES SUCKLING
The 2019 Pavillon Rouge is a blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot, accounting for 47% of the crop. The alcohol came in at 14.2%, the IPT was 75, and the pH was 3.66. Deep garnet-purple in color, it begins a little closed and broody, soon unfurling to offer notes of tar, black licorice, cracked peppercorns and woodsmoke over a core of Morello cherries, boysenberries and warm cassis plus an earthy touch of forest floor. Medium-bodied, the palate is elegant, refreshing and wonderfully refined, with beautifully ripe, plush tannins and impressive freshness lifting the black fruit and earthy layers with a long finish. It should age beautifully!
Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (January 44000) Score: 92-94/100
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“Succulent and gorgeous with such supple tannins, yet it’s full bodied and very rich. It’s very savory, too. Dense, yet polished on the palate, showing fresh, minerally and salty notes. You want to drink it already. 27% of the crop and a blend of 76% cabernet sauvignon and 19% merlot, the rest petit verdot and cabernet franc.”
96-97 POINTS - JAMES SUCKLING