Chateau Margaux

One of the four Medoc wines classed as premier cru classe; the impressive Chateau is part of the commune of Margaux and has 81 hectares under vine: 75 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 20 percent Merlot, 3 percent Petit Verdot and 2 percent Cabernet Franc, resulting annually in about 150,000 bottles of the Grand Vin.

This wine is, especially since the ownership change at the end of the 1970s, of rare quality and distinction – full, but delicate and velvety, balanced and “feminine”, but of astonishing longevity, subtle and extraordinarily elegant, while incomparably fragrant and famous for its glorious bouquet.

Many will agree that Chateau Margaux is regularly among the very best red Bordeaux wines of the vintage, a real First Growth, again and again described as lovely, complex and classy. Well-kept bottles of the Margaux 1961 pictured above are still reported to be perfect, while the 1995 vintage should slowly become ready, but may even profit from another 10-15 years cellaring.

ThereĀ“s a second wine called Pavillion Rouge du Chateau Margaux, about 200,000 bottles per year typically from a selection of grapes harvested from younger vines, usually developing faster in the bottle, but of a quality comparable to Second Growth wines from Margaux, plus approx. 30,000 bottles of a white wine made from Sauvignon Blanc cultivated on an additional 12 hectares, which, despite it selling under the generic Bordeaux AOC, is quite remarkable and tends to age well.