2019 Margaux Guide to the Best Wines in Bottle Tasting Notes, Buying Tips


The best 2019 Margaux wines showcase everything great about the region. They are aromatic, silky, fresh, concentrated, refined, and rich, with long, silky-textured mid-palates and finishes. What is interesting about 2019 Margaux is that even though the appellation is massive, with a myriad of different terroirs, you can find outstanding wines all over the appellation. With 2019 Margaux, what you find are elegance, finesse, charm, and floral-oriented aromatics.

There is good intensity and purity of fruit and best of all, with 2019 Margaux, many of the wines will be enjoyable with just a few years of age, due to the precocious nature of the 2019 Bordeaux vintage.

With 2019 Margaux, similar to what took place all over the Left Bank during the growing season, you have a warm, sunny, dry vintage that was also shaped by the cooler temperatures at night. The vintage was dry, but like all the best years, the rain managed to arrive at the perfect moment, helping the grapes reach maturity.

For a review of the vintage conditions or to look at tasting notes and ratings for more than 750 wines The Complete Guide To all the Best 2019 Bordeaux Wines

The following 2019 Margaux wines were all tasted in non-blind conditions in my home office.

2019 Angludet – Floral and fruity, the wine focuses you quickly on its bright, vibrant red fruits. The wine is medium-bodied, with a core of red currants, red plums and strawberries. The fruit is clean and pure, but on the lighter, crisp side of the style range. Elegant and soft on the palate, the wine is refined in the finish. Drink from 2024-2035. 89 Pts

2019 Brane Cantenac – Brane Cantenac is on fire lately! Vintage after vintage, they have really been on top of their game and 2019 continues their hot streak! I do not know what is better, the silky, supple, sensuous, and sexy textures on the palate, or the complex set of aromas with all of its roses, lilacs, violets, cherries, plums, tobacco-leaf, earth, and herbs. The wine has texture, length, and purity along with the ability to age and evolve for up to 3 decades. This is a beautiful wine from Brane Cantenac. Drink from 2027-2060. 97 Pts

2019 Brane Cantenac Le Baron de Brane – Smoky, forest floor, cedar, herbs, and savory red fruits come through in the nose. On the palate, the wine is elegant, soft, fresh, and fruit. This is already so easy to drink, with its silky-textured, plummy palate, you can enjoy it today and over the next decade or longer while waiting for the Grand Vin to develop. Drink from 2022-2031. 90 Pts

2019 Cantenac Brown – The best vintage from Cantenac Brown in a while opens with a showy display of flowers, espresso, thyme, black cherries, plums, tobacco, and earthy, aromatics. Richly textured, with soft, polished tannins and a wealth of deep, ripe, sweet, fresh, dark, red fruits, the wine feels as good as it tastes. The round, supple finish delivers loads of fruits and a touch of chocolate in the endnote. Drink from 2027-2055. 96 Pts

2019 Confidence de Margaux – Soft, simple, fresh, lighter-styled, red fruit filled early drinking charmer with a soft, silky, but light, red cherry finish. You should be able to enjoy this as soon as it is released. Drink from 2022-2027. 86 Pts

2019 Dauzac – I liked this a lot in the barrel and I am liking it a lot in the bottle! Roses, violets, licorice, cherries and espresso come through easily in the perfume. The wine is soft, silky, fresh, and refined on the palate with loads of sweet, perfectly ripe, black plums in the sensuous, refined, lengthy finish. Drink from 2024-2045. 94 Pts

2019 Desmirail – Floral, earth, cedar, and forest leaf notes work well with the sweet, red fruits in the nose. The wine is soft-textured, medium-bodied, elegant, and fresh, with a nice sweetness to the fruits that are on display in the silky, refined finish. The endnote offers additional complexities with its cool, minty edge. Drink from 2024-2040. 91 Pts

2019 Deyrem Valentin – Forest-floor, wet earth, tobacco leaf, red currants, and plums create the core of this wine. Medium-bodied, soft, polished, sweet, fresh, and vibrant, with a touch of espresso coinciding with all the round, vibrant plums in the finish. Drink from 2023-2035. 92 Pts

2019 Durfort Vivens – Flowers, cherries, and tobacco show easily on the nose. The wine is medium-bodied, elegant, fresh, clean, and pure, with silky tannins and a vibrancy that give the perfect amount of lift for the sweet, soft, red fruits. Give this a few years in the cellar and it will be just great to enjoy for 2 or more decades. The wine is a blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot. The wine is aged in a combination of new and used French oak barrels with 30% of the wine aged in clay amphora. Drink from 2025-2050. 94 Pts

2019 Ferriere – Clearly, this is the best vintage of Chateau Ferriere ever produced. Black raspberries and flowers with tobacco leaf are what you find on the nose. The wine is medium-bodied, soft, silky, and fresh, with a beautiful purity of fruit on the palate that carries through to the bright, vibrant, spicy finish. The wine is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. Drink from 2026-2050. 93 Pts

2019 Giscours – Freshness and purity is the hallmark of this wine. The intensity of the perfume, with all of its violets, lilacs, and roses, along with tobacco leaf, black and red fruits, wet earth, spice, and smoke are attention-grabbing. But I love the silky palate textures with all of its depth and richness, purity of fruity, vibrancy, and length. This is the best vintage produced in the long history of Chateau Giscours. It will age effortlessly for 2 -3 decades. Drink from 2026-2055. 96 Pts

2019 Giscours La Sirene de Giscours – Medium-bodied, fresh and floral, with a core of bright, sweet, fresh red fruits along with a gentle touch of dark chocolate and spice in the endnote. Drink from 2022-2029. 91 Pts

2019 Haut Breton Larigaudière – Medium-bodied, lighter-styled Margaux with delicate red fruits and a touch of chocolate, that finishes with a fresh, light endnote. This will be best enjoyed in its youth. Drink from 2022-2027. 88 Pts

2019 dIssan – d’Issan has been on a roll lately with 2019 marking another step-up in quality. The wine is full-bodied, silky, fresh, vibrant, pure and lively. The nose is packed with wet earth, herbs, flowers, tobacco, espresso and ripe, sweet, red berries. There is serious lift and energy here with a finish that lingers, giving you more time to spend with all of its graceful, lifted, pure, sweet, fresh plums, blackberries, spice and currants. This will age and evolve for at least 2-3 decades. Drink from 2025-2055. 96 Pts

2019 dIssan Blason d’Issan – Medium-bodied, elegant, fresh, soft and supple with good energy. The wine opens with flowers, cherries and currants, and continues with that theme, finishing with silky tannins and freshness. You can enjoy this on release while waiting for the Grand Vin to develop. Drink from 2022-2034. 90 Pts

2019 Kirwan – It is the strong, initial floral notes that grab your attention before you find the ripe, red cherries, plums and currants. Medium-bodied, soft, polished, fresh and refined, leaving you with loads of sweet, juicy, elegant, red fruits in the finish. The endnote comes with a little touch of spicy cocoa and minty herbs that add a nice touch to the wine. This is such a pleasure to drink now, but hold off for a year or two for more complexity and nuance. Drink from 2024-2045. 92 Pts

2019 La Tour de Bessan – Fresh, spicy, medium-bodied, bright, soft-textured, sweet, cherry and black raspberry-filled wine with slightly dusty tannins on the backend in the red berry filled finish. This will be easy to taste on release. Drink from 2022-2030. 90 Pts

2019 La Tour de Mons – Flowers, earth, sweet cherries and tobacco wrapper scents introduce the wine. On the palate, the wine is fresh, medium-bodied, forward and already delivering its savory-edged, earthy, fresh, chewy, dark red fruits with a cedar and pepper accent. Give it just a year or two and will be fully ready to go. Drink from 2024-2036. 91 Pts

2019 Labegorce – Fresh flowers, wet earth, spice, tobacco wrapper, and sweet, red pit fruit aromatics are all over the place. Elegant, soft, and refined on the palate, the wine is just a pleasure to taste with all of its purity and silky textures that resonate. The finish with its dark chocolate, plums, boysenberry, and espresso is a treat as it lingers and fills out on your palate. Give it a few years in the bottle and it is really to be great. Drink from 2025-2047. 94 Pts

2019 Lascombes – Dark in color, the wine is equally dark on the palate with its layers of black cherry, plum, licorice, and chocolate. With a nose that starts off with oak, smoke, black fruit, herbs, and coffee bean, the next step is the wine hitting your palate. Avoirdupois in nature, round, lush, opulent, chocolate-covered fruits, licorice and smoky oak in the finish stay with you. The oak seems to be dialed back and now you find more freshness and cleaner fruits, which I like a lot. Drink from 2024-2045. 93 Pts

2019 Le Coteau – Medium-bodied, fresh, vibrant, bright, red berries with a nice sweetness and lift, along with floral tones on the nose and palate. You can enjoy this on release. Drink from 2022-2031. 90 Pts

2019 Malescot St. Exupery – Lush, rich and silky, the wine is deep, dark, and intense, with silky tannins, freshness, and layers of opulent, refined, elegant dark red fruits. The combination of velvety tannins, intensity, and a plush finish hits the spot. If you can keep your hands off it for a decade or so, this is going to be an outstanding wine to enjoy for the following 2 decades after that. Drink from 2029-2055. 96 Pts

2019 Chateau Margaux – This could be the most sensual vintage of Chateau Margaux ever produced. The palate is pure silk and velvet with an incredible sense of purity and refinement. Utterly seamless, the wine glides over your palate builds, lingers and expands for well over 60 seconds. If you have the disposable income, buy this wine, it will be a legendary wine in the years to come. Drink from 2029-2065. 100 Pts

2019 Chateau Margaux Pavillon Rouge du Chateau Margaux – Forward, soft, elegant, floral, refined and sensual, the fruits are vibrant, silky, fresh and pure. This supple wine is good now, it is hard not to drink it. But you can age it for 10-15 years as well. Drink from 2024-2040. 94 Pts

2019 Marojallia – Deep, dark in color with incense, espresso, chocolate, wet earth, and currants on the nose and on the palate. Lush, round, full, and packed with loads of sweet, ripe, dark red fruits, opulent, chocolate and espresso coated plummy finish says you can enjoy this with just a year or two of age. Drink from 2024-2038. 93 Pts

2019 Marquis dAlesme – Elegant, soft, silky, and sensuous, the wine is rich, ripe and almost over-flowing with waves of polished, sweet, fresh, plums, dark cherries, licorice, 5 spice, espresso bean, and dark chocolate on the backend. Over the past few years, they have really picked up the volume here at Chateau Marquis d’Alesme. For a wine from the Margaux appellation at this level of quality and price, my tip of the day is, buy it! Drink from 2026-2050. 96 Pts

2019 Marquis de Terme – Full-bodied, round, rich, ripe, lush, and polished, the nose starts off with its display of flowers, dark chocolate, and black currants. Soft, silky, and lusciously-textured, the wine leaves with an energetic, polished finish which is the perfect back-drop for all of its sweet, dark plums, currants, licorice, cocoa, espresso, and spice. Drink from 2026-2047. 94 Pts

2019 Palmer – The first thing you notice is the showy display of lilacs and roses before moving on to the currants, plums, cigar wrapper, black cherries, and earthy nuances. As captivating as the perfume is, it is the sensuous, rich, silky, elegant, fresh, vibrant palate presence with its layers of perfectly ripe, black, and red fruits. There is length, lift, and longevity here with a vibrancy that resonates. The finish builds and expands as the fruits linger. Like all great vintages of Palmer, give this time to develop allowing the wine to gain complexity and additional nuances. This should age effortlessly for decades. Drink from 2032-2060. 98 Pts

2019 Palmer Alter Ego dePalmer – Flowers and red fruits is the name of the game here. From start to finish, the wine exudes freshness, soft, silky textures, and a wealth of earthy, fresh, tobacco-tinted, red pit fruits. Forward in style, this will be gorgeous in its youth, but it will age for up to two decades as well! Drink from 2023-2040. 94 Pts

2019 Prieure-Lichine – Medium-bodied, soft, supple, and polished, the wine opens with a mix of ripe, red fruits, flowers, espresso, licorice, and a hint of cocoa. Round, ripe, polished, and fresh, the finish loads you up with its layers of sweet, fresh, polished, lively, elegant, sensuously-textured fruits. This will age quite nicely. Drink from 2027-2050. 94 Pts

2019 Rauzan Segla – Silky, seductive and sensuous, the nose, with its blend of flowers, tobacco leaf, espresso bean, violets, roses, and red pit fruits is already quite showy. Medium/full-bodied, fresh, vibrant, clean, and pure, the fruit offers length, depth, and complexity. But it will need a bit of time to fully express its essence. If you have a bit of patience, it will be worth the wait. Drink from 2030-2060. 97 Pts

2019 Rauzan Segla Segla – Wet earth, flowers, dark cherries, and red currants offer their aromatic profile easily. The silky-textured palate, with its elegant, refined mouthfeel steals the show. The wine finishes with sweet, ripe, red berries and a touch of savory herbs in the endnote. Drink from 2022-2033. 92 Pts

2019 Rauzan-Gassies – Rauzan-Gassies has been on a roll lately and 2019 continues its positive trend. Medium-bodied. soft, polished, fresh, and vibrant, the chewy, red fruits come with an intriguing, orange citrus, espresso, and spice accent on the nose and palate. The fruit has a smoked, savory edge with a nice floral background note. Drink from 2024-2040. 92 Pts

2019 Siran – Intensely floral, with a strong note of violets, black cherry, espresso, cocoa, and roses on the nose are what you initially notice. From there you move to the voluptuously textured palate with its layers of fresh, ripe, silky black fruit with a touch of spicy chocolate that hits all the right notes. They are doing everything right at Siran these days. This is a beauty from start to finish that for a wine of this quality, sells for a song. As an added bonus, the bottle features a special label design celebrating 160 years of family ownership. Drink from 2024-2047. 94 Pts

2019 Tayac – Floral, fruity, silky and fresh with ample cocoa topped red cherries with a spicy kick on the nose and medium-bodied, soft, polished palate. You can enjoy this with pleasure on release. 91 Pts

2019 Tayac Or Norme – Medium-bodied with good intensity, dark, ripe, red fruits, peppery spice, blueberries and flowers that is all rounded out with some chocolate and espresso on the backend. Produced from a blend 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Petit Verdot and 20% Merlot, give it a year or two of rest and enjoy it for 15 or more years after that. Drink from 2024-2039. 92 Pts

2019 du Tertre – Medium-bodied, earthy, savory, spicy, and loaded with, fresh red fruits that range from sweet to tart. The wine finishes with dusty tannins and a savory, spicy quality. This will be best with a few years of age. Drink from 2024-2039. 91 Pts

We are continuing to publish 2019 tasting notes as fast as possible. Up next is our Guide to all the best 2019 St. Julien Wines which will be followed by our report on 2019 St. Estephe and finally, we wrap everything up with all you need to know about 2019 Pauillac.

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