Chateau Margaux, Margaux Bordeaux Wine, Complete Guide

Chateau Margaux Chateau Margaux, Margaux Bordeaux Wine, Complete Guide

Learn everything about Chateau Margaux, Margaux First Growth, Bordeaux producer with wine tasting notes and wine with food pairing tips. Learn all the best vintages, a history of the property, information on the vineyards and winemaking. If you want to read about other important, Bordeaux Chateaux: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles

Chateau Margaux History, Overview

It’s amazing when you realize that the birth of what we know of as Chateau Margaux dates back almost 1,000 years! In the 12th century, the property was known under the name of “La Mothe de Margaux,” which was reserved for use by royalty. However, vineyards were not yet part of the estate in those days.

The successive owners of La Mothe de Margaux were various people of noble birth. When the Lestonnac family took over, the estate started resembling the property we know as Chateau Margaux today. Pierre de Lestonnac, in a ten year period, from 1572 to 1582 restructured the property and moved it from growing grain to producing Bordeaux wine. The vineyards of Chateau Margaux were fully developed in the 1600’s by the d’Auledes family.

By the end of the 17th century, the estate of Chateau Margaux grew to 265 hectares. One third of that acreage was cultivated for grapes to produce wine. Unlike many properties, the vineyards of Chateau Margaux have remained relatively unchanged for centuries. To illustrate that point, by 1680, the vineyards consisted of 75 hectares of vines. Today, 350 years later, the vineyards are almost the same size with 80 planted hectares of vines, just like it was in 1700. From those humble beginnings, Chateau Margaux was born. Due to the amazing quality of the wine, the estate took the name of the appellation. Even today, the only Bordeaux wine estate to bear the name of the appellation from where it resides remains Chateau Margaux.

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Chateau Margaux is a traditional Bordeaux winery. In some ways, they are slow to move into new technology. They take their time to make sure each step forward is the right step forward. Yet, interestingly, modern wine making started at Chateau Margaux. This was due to man named Berlon who was the first Bordeaux winemaker at Margaux to vinify red wine grapes and white wine grapes separately. At the time, the red and white vines were co-planted in the same plots. Berlon also never picked fruit early in the morning, as the grapes would be covered with dew making the wines dilute in color and flavor. Berlon was also one of the first Bordeaux vineyard managers to understood the importance of soils and differences in terroir found in different parcels as each imparted a different quality and characteristic.

The wines of Chateau Margaux have been sought by wealthy wine lovers for centuries. In 1705 the London Gazette offered the first sale of leading Bordeaux wines which included 230 barrels of ‘Margoose’. The 1771 was the first Bordeaux wine appearing in a Christie’s catalog. Thomas Jefferson, the United States ambassador to France wrote of 1784 Margaux, “There cannot be a better bottle of Bordeaux wine.”

Following the confiscation of the estate during the French revolution, in 1810, the new owner, the Marquis de la Colonilla hired the architect Louis Combes to build the chateau and cellars that are still used today at Chateau Margaux. The design of Chateau Margaux was soon christened the Versailles of the Medoc. The chateau is one of the rare examples of the neo-palladian style in France. Louis Combes genius was placing around the chateau all the necessary buildings to produce their wine and manage the estate making the property functional and stunningly beautiful.

The Pillet-Will era for Chateau Margaux was marked by the struggle for financial survival. The financial problems were brought on by the recession and phylloxera. The attack of phylloxera decimated their vineyards. Most of their vineyards needed replanting. It took almost 2 decades for the vineyard to come back into full production with old vines. Because the young vines did not produce the level of grapes needed to make a First Growth quality wine, the tradition of selling part of the production as a “second wine,” marked the official debut of ‘Pavillon Rouge du Chateau Margaux’. 

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This was not the first time Chateau Margaux made a selection for their for the Grand Vin. In fact,that took place as far back as the 17th century. Prior to 1906, the wine was labeled “2eme vin,” to let customers know it was not Chateau Margaux. The first official vintage for Pavillon Rouge du Chateau Margaux was in 1906.

Pierre Moreau introduced bottling the wines of Chateau Margaux at the Left Bank property starting in 1924 as a guarantee of authenticity for buyers. The estate was sold in part to the Ginestet family in 1934. The depression caused the chateau to stop estate bottling until 1949. The Ginestet family who were extremely successful negociants purchased the remaining shares in Chateau Margaux in 1949.

Chateau Margaux The Modern Age

The Ginestet family was forced to sell Chateau Margaux in 1977 to Andre Mentzelopoulos, due to mounting debts brought about in part by the plunging prices for Bordeaux wine in the 1970’s. Andre Mentzelopoulos died in December 1980 and his daughter, Corinne Mentzelopoulos took over running Chateau Margaux. Her young age perhaps prevented her from fully appreciating what was needed to manage Chateau Margaux. But she was assisted by the famous Bordeaux oenologist, Emile Peynaud and Philippe Barre the estate director, who were both among the first additions to the team at Margaux made by the new owner.

Renovations were undertaken to modernize the winemaking facilities and cellars which were completed in 1982. Replanting of certain sections of the vineyard and a program to increase the density of the vineyard plantings were also taking place. In 1983, Paul Pontallier, an agricultural engineer with a doctorate in oenology, joined the team at Chateau Margaux, becoming the technical director at only 27 years of age, the same age as Corinne Mentzelopoulos.

The smart and charming Paul Pontallier served as the director of Chateau Margaux for 30 years. Corinne Mentzelopoulos entered into a partnership with the Agnelli family, the owners of Fiat. That partnership ended in 2003. For a period of time, Corinne Mentzelopoulos was also one of the largest shareholders of the Perrier water company before she focused on Chateau Margaux exclusively.

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2009 was a historic vintage for Chateau Margaux. That same year, they also added a gravity fed reception area and new vats. Margaux employs over 300 people to work the harvest. That number includes 5 teams of 30 people per team to handle the sorting. When the fruit is brought in, they hand sort one more time with smaller teams to make sure only the best fruit is used. When asked if they considered adding optical sorters, Paul Pontallier answered, “No. Sorting takes place in the vineyard.”

That being said, while Paul Pontallier was not a big user of Optical Sorting, in 2011 and 2012, the estate continued experimenting with Optical Sorting technology. Organic farming is practiced at Chateau Margaux and experiments are also taking place with a small selection of vines farmed with biodynamic farming techniques. Additionally, starting with the 2009 vintage, about 1% of the grapes used to produce the Grand Vin have been whole cluster vinified, meaning that the stems were still on the berries.

With the 2009 harvest, for the first time, the team at Chateau Margaux used 50 vats for 40 plots, allowing the chateau to vinify plot by plot and when needed. In fact, they even vinified within specific parcels, giving their wines much more precision. This was accomplished with the addition of 8 wood vats and 20 stainless steel vats. 

In 2015, Chateau Margaux completed a massive renovation of their cellars. The project, headed by the Pritzker prize winning architect Lord Norman Foster, was the first substantial modernization of the famous cellars of Chateau Margaux since the original cellars were constructed in 1810! The stated goal was to maintain the integrity of the original design of the outward appearance, while creating a modern, state of the art facility for the interior. It worked perfectly! There is a new building that is being used for the production of the red as well as the white wine of Chateau Margaux.

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A new grape reception area was added. There is also a gleaming, new laboratory, and the famous bottle library was also completely updated and redesigned. Part of that update included a new glass walled, tasting room overlooking the historic wine bottles stored at the chateau. Chateau Margaux also created new facilities for the cooperage. Visitors are now being welcomed in a new reception area as well. Sadly, not much more than a year after the renovations were completed, Paul Pontallier, the long time director of Chateau Margaux died in March, 2016. Paul Pontallier passed away.

To honor the extraordinary relationship with Pontallier, the 2015 Chateau Margaux, the final vintage produced with the aid of Paul Pontallier features a special, etched, screen printed, black label highlighting the new cellars designed by Norman Foster. This one time only label takes on additional importance as the design also celebrates the 200th anniversary of the chateau, as well as the recognition that the 2015 is perhaps the best vintage ever produced at the fabled estate! Under the label, close to the bottom of the bottle, there is a line of print that says, “Hommage a Paul Pontallier.”

Philippe Bascaules was brought back to Chateau Margaux to replace Paul Pontallier in 2017. Philippe Bascaules was previously the technical director for Chateau Margaux. In fact, it was Paul Pontallier that hired Philippe Bascaules in 1990. Bascules left Margaux in 2011, to work as the director for Inglenook, in Napa Valley. Philippe Bascaules will continue working with Inglenook while at Margaux. Sebastien Vergne will remain the Technical Director for Chateau Margaux.

The style of wine produced by Chateau Margaux at its best, blends elegance, purity of fruit, harmony and finesse. If wines were actors, perhaps it could be described as having the charm, style, finesse and elegance of Cary Grant. This suave wine is not light. It is rich, full bodied and offers cassis, truffle and haunting scents of violets. There was a reason America’s third President and first serious wine collector favored Margaux. In 1787, he said “Chateau Margaux is one of the top 4 Bordeaux wines”. Over 200 years later, his words still ring true.

The best vintages of Chateau Margaux are: 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2000, 1999, 1996, 1995, 1990, 1989, 1986, 1985, 1983, 1982, 1959, 1953, 1929, 1928, 1921 and 1900. As you can see, Chateau Margaux is a remarkably consistent wine. Since 1990, Chateau Margaux has been one of the most consistent producers in all of Bordeaux, making one of the top wines year after year. However, even though the vintage is just a baby, clearly 2015 Margaux is in contention for the best vintage in the history of the estate! Chateau Margaux ages extremely well. In the top vintages, the wines can age and evolve for 50 or more years!

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Chateau Margaux Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking

The 262 hectare estate of Chateau Margaux has a total of 80 hectares under vine for the production of red wine. This is almost the same size as it was during the time of the 1855 Classification of the Medoc. The Margaux vineyard for the production of red wine is planted to 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc. This shows a marked increase in the amount of Cabernet Sauvignon planted in the vineyards. The final blend on average usually contains close to 85% Cabernet Sauvignon in most vintages.

Unlike many Bordeaux estates, most of their vineyards are close to the chateau. The vineyard is basically in three sections with parcels close to and surrounding the chateau, hillside parcels that are just due north and vines are also planted close to the church, which is just a bit south. On average, the vines are kept at 35 years of age. However, there are parcels with very old Cabernet Sauvignon vines, which are close to 80 years of age!

The old vine Merlot and Petit Verdot vines are close to 60 years of age. The complex terroir of Chateau Margaux is mostly gravel with clay, sand and limestone in the soil. Since 2012, the vines used to produce the Grand Vin of Chateau Margaux have been farmed using 100% organic farming techniques. A large portion of the grapes used for the production of Pavillon Rouge are also farmed using only organic methods.

11 hectares of vines planted to 100% Sauvignon Blanc are located west of the famous chateau, with more limestone in the soils and a cooler, micro-climate. Those vines are devoted to the production of the white Bordeaux wine of Chateau Margaux, “Pavillon Blanc du Chateau Margaux.” There are a few vines of Semillon in the vineyard that are not included in Pavillon Blanc in most vintages. At most, a minor portion is included roughly once every ten years or so. The wine is sold as a generic Bordeaux Blanc.

The terroir for their white wine is prone to problems from frost. So, to protect the white wine vines used for Pavillon Blanc, Chateau Margaux uses a frost protection system that sprinkles water on the vines during potential, frost inducing weather. Something else that has helped to continue elevating the quality of the white wine has been the introduction of organic farming techniques used for the Sauvignon Blanc. Pavillon Blanc du Chateau Margaux made its debut with the 1921 vintage. However, white wine was produced at Chateau Margaux at least as far back as 1900.

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Chateau Margaux Winemaking

To produce the red wine of Chateau Margaux vinification takes place in vats that are a combination wood and stainless steel. There are a total of 34 wood vats and 22 stainless steel vats. The vats range in size from as much as 180 hectoliter wood vats down to 25 hectoliters. In the new vat rooms, which were completed in 2014, the estate added 35 more vats ranging in size from 5 to 15 hectoliters. The new, small vats will be used for in the production as well as for testing new ideas. The red wine of Chateau Margaux is aged in 100% new oak for 18-24 months, depending on the quality and character of the Bordeaux vintage.

A large percentage of the oak barrels used to age their wine are produced at Chateau Margaux. Chateau Margaux is one of the few Bordeaux estates with their own cooperage on the property. Chateau Margaux has been involved in making sure that consumers purchase only, genuine bottles of Margaux since 1989. In that year, they began laser etching their bottles. In 2011, Chateau Margaux strengthened their anti counterfeiting program with the addition of using the prooftag system.

Chateau Margaux Pavillon Blanc

To produce the dry white Bordeaux wine of Chateau Margaux, Pavillon Blanc, which is always made from 100% Sauvignon Blanc, the grapes are whole cluster pressed, with no skin contact. Vinification takes place in an average of 33% new, French oak barrels. There is no malolactic fermentation. The wine is aged on its lees with stirring in 33% new, French oak barrels for 7-8 months before bottling. Close to 2,500 cases of Pavillon Blanc du Chateau Margaux are produced each year.

The wines of Chateau Margaux have continued to show marked improvements since the Mentzelopoulos family took over. Quality took another giant leap once Corinne Mentzelopoulos was placed in charge. Part of the reason is the increased severity of selection.

To give you an idea of what is taking place today, versus just a few decades ago, during the 1980’s, the production of the Grand Vin was more than 20,000 cases. By the 2000 vintage, the production of the Grand Vin slid below 17,00 cases. The portion of the Grand Vin continues decreasing due to selection. To fully illustrate this, on average, Chateau Margaux produces the following amounts of their wine today:

Chateau Margaux – 12,000 cases per year
Pavillon Rouge du Chateau Margaux – 16,000 cases per year
Pavillon Blanc du Chateau Margaux – 1,600 cases per year

As you can see, the amount of Grand Vin has been reduced by close to 40%. Those numbers now vary due to the fact that Chateau Margaux has introduced a third wine, Margaux de Margaux starting with the 2009 vintage, and a fourth wine produced from red grape varietals which is sold in bulk to negociants.

When to Drink Chateau Margaux, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau Margaux is not a wine to drink on the young side. The wine is usually far too tannic, powerful and reserved during its youth. Young vintages can be decanted for an average of 3-6 hours, give or take. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Chateau Margaux is usually better with at least 15 years of bottle age. Of course that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage character. Chateau Margaux offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 18 and 60 years of age after the vintage.

Serving Chateau Margaux with Wine, Food, Pairings

Chateau Margaux is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. Chateau Margaux is best paired with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted braised and grilled dishes. Chateau Margaux is also good when matched with Asian dishes, rich fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta.

The white wine of Chateau Margaux, Pavillon Blanc can be paired perfectly with all types of seafood, shellfish, sushi, sashmi, veal, chicken, pork and cheeses.

Château Margaux Wine Tasting Notes

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2016Château  (Margaux)97 pts

Deep ruby with purple accents of color around the rim of the glass, violets, lilacs and roses are the first scents you notice before moving to the red and black plums, tobacco and a hint of licorice in the bouquet. Light on its feet but don't let that fool you, it’s impossible not to feel the purity and elegance. The wine displays an incredible clarity of fruit with a finish that dawdles on your palate, moving from red fruit to black fruit and back to sweet, red berries again. The finish has an incredibly supple, refined quality that leaves you yearning for another sip. It was early in the morning and I can assure you, I finished my glass without spitting a drop! The wine was made from a blend of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc, 2% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot reaching 13% alcohol with a pH of 3.6. Yields were high, but it's important to note, the Grand Vin represents only 28% of the harvest, which took place September 23 to October 18 -- one of the longest harvests in the estate's storied history.

97 points - Tasted
2016Pavillon Rouge du Château  (Margaux)94 pts

Ruby red in color, this is what Japan must smell like when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom. Followed by an array of sweet plum and earthy notes, this medium-bodied wine is elegant and sophisticated with sweet, fresh red berries in the finish. Balance, finesse, refinement is its mantra. The wine was produced from a blend of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot, reaching 13% Alcohol with pH of 3.6. Of the harvest, 26% was used for Pavillon Rouge du Margaux.

94 points - Tasted
2016Pavillon Blanc du Château Margaux Blanc  (Bordeaux)93 pts

Just squeezed lemons, hints of flowers, tropical accents, green apple and a few drops of honey make this a delicious, round, sweet, fresh, character driven, white Bordeaux wine.

93 points - Tasted
2015Château  (Margaux)99 pts

The color of a dark, blood red ruby, this wine makes a powerful opening statement. On the nose, the luscious inhale as the door to the flower shop opens, a row of Spanish cedar cigar boxes still filled with a stash of Cohiba, the not-too-sweet aromatics of cherry pipe tobacco -- all combined with cherries, licorice, forest floor, creamy espresso and blackberry liqueur. On the palate, the wine melts into a buttery wealth of fresh fruit, gratifying tannins and a finish that saunters, taking it’s time to linger close to 60 seconds while slowly expanding at the same time. Rich without being heavy, this wine is aristocratic and refined. This wine is deceptively easy to taste, and if it puts on weight during the aging period, which it probably will, it should hit triple digits. Produced from a blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, the wine reached 13.5% alcohol with a pH of 3.65. 13.5% is the highest level of alcohol ever recorded at Margaux; the previous high was 13.1%, achieved in 2010. This represents 35% of the harvest. The picking took place from September 18 to October 6. 98-100 Pts

99 points - Tasted
2015Pavillon Blanc du Château Margaux Blanc  (Bordeaux)94 pts

Floral notes, honeydew, citrus peel, orange marmalade, green apple and lemon wax on the nose. The wine is rich, full bodied, silky and long, with freshness, vibrant energy and a refreshing blast of lemon, lime and tangerine in the honeyed, spicy finish.

94 points - Tasted
2015Pavillon Rouge du Château  (Margaux)94 pts

Cherries, anise, tobacco and cigar box notes rise amid a floral background to create an incredibly elegant, refined, fresh, long and sweet wine. Lift, purity of fruit, substance and length make this the best vintage of Pavillon Rouge I have ever tasted -- a testament to Paul Pontallier. The wine was produced from a blend of 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc, reaching 14.% alcohol with pH of 3.67. Of the harvest, 23% was used for Pavillon Rouge du Margaux. This wine is better than any vintage of Margaux produced in the 1970's and with 2-3 exceptions, that same thing goes for the 80's too! 93 - 95 Pts

94 points - Tasted
2014Château  (Margaux)96 pts

Showing more aromatic complexity after just a few additional months in bottle, truffle, herbs, cedar, lead pencil, and dark, red fruits are impossible to avoid. Medium full bodied, with soft, polished tannins, elegant styling and a freshness to the lingering, sweet, red, spicy fruits. This should drink well relatively early for Margaux. Perhaps another decade will be enough for this wine to begin showing well.

96 points - Tasted

A complex array of coffee, thyme, flowers, plums, smoke and licorice aromas are on display. Medium/full bodied, silky soft and slightly high toned, with its palate of red fruits with exotic, citrus accents, this vintage focuses on the appeal of the freshness, length, complexity and spice character, as well as the elegant, textures and purity in the fruit.

96 points - Tasted

A complex array of coffee, thyme, flowers, plums, smoke and licorice aromas are on display. Medium/full bodied, silky soft and slightly high toned, with its palate of red fruits with exotic, citrus accents, this vintage focuses on the appeal of the freshness, length and spice character, as well as the elegant, textures.

96 points - Tasted

A valentine of dark chocolate and roses melded with the aromatics of licorice, blackberry and cocoa create a complex perfume. The wine is elegant with a refined character, supple tannins and a burst of fresh cassis, cherry and cocoa that builds on the palate. The most striking quality to this wine is the clarity of fruit in the finish. While this vintage lacks the weight and density found in vintages like 2009 and 2010, the length is quite similar. Produced from a blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, the wine reached 13.2% alcohol with a pH of 3.68. This represents 36% of the harvest. 95-97 Pts

96 points - Tasted
2014Pavillon Blanc du Château Margaux Blanc  (Bordeaux)94 pts

Yellow citrus and honeysuckle with green apples are right out in front. Bight, fresh and invigorating, the lively finish has more that fresh citrus, with just a drop of honey. Interestingly, during the initial attack, the fruit seemed mute, but the wine and fruit just kept on going and building. The finish really lingers with its freshness and tension.

94 points - Tasted

99% of nose is devoted to sweet, yellow citrus fruits, pomelo and apple. The remaining 1% reminds me of Chartreuse. Refined, fresh and sweet, with just a dab of honey dripped over the juicy Meyer lemons in the finish. The wine was produced from 100% Sauvignon Blanc. The harvest took place September 8 to September 13.

93 points - Tasted

With a nose of lemon, grapefruit, orange and honeydew, this wine is lively and bright with fresh-squeezed lime, Meyer lemon and citrus peel. The finish is long, dazzling and quite fresh. The wine was produced from 100% Sauvignon Blanc. 94 Pts

94 points - Tasted
2014Pavillon Rouge du Château  (Margaux)92 pts

Floral, with earthy, red cherries and just a hint of tobacco on the nose. In the mouth, the wine is pure, fresh, elegant and lively. Medium bodied, with lots of freshness and elegant ed cherries, a few more years will even more silky qualities to the wine.

92 points - Tasted

Earthy red fruits, and a hint of cocoa lead you to a wine with freshness and spicy red fruits with minerality. Medium/full bodied, with elegant tannins and freshness, give this a few years to come around, as it will gain in softness and nuances.

92 points - Tasted

Blending the sophisticated aromatics of floral, dark chocolate and fresh boysenberry, this medium-bodied wine is forward and fresh. It delivers a crisp, vigorous cassis finish and is filled with refined charm. The wine was produced from a blend of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot and reached 13.5% alcohol. 91-92 Pts

92 points - Tasted
2013Château  (Margaux)92 pts

A lighter style of Chateau Margaux, due in part to the lack of Merlot in the blend offers a perfume of flowers, red fruits, spice, earth and a hint of tobacco. Soft, smooth, and easy to drink, with a noticeable lack of depth in the mid palate, this is a wine to drink in its youth, while waiting for vintages like 2010 and 2015 to mature.

92 points - Tasted

Floral, tobacco, black cherry, vanilla and kirsch open to a refined and elegant wine, which is surprising due to the high level of Cabernet Sauvignon as well as the vintage’s characteristics. Medium bodied and silky with pure, sweet fruit, this is a very good wine that will offer pleasure young. For the first time in the recorded history of the estate, no Merlot was included in the blend. From a blend of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot, with a pH of 3.65. From yields of 22 hectoliters per hectare, the wine represents 38% of the harvest. This is one of the stars of the vintage. 92-94 Pts

92 points - Tasted
2013Pavillon Blanc du Château Margaux Blanc  (Bordeaux)92 pts

From 100% Sauvignon Blanc, the wine reached 13.1% alcohol. The wine is produced from 40% of the harvest. Grapefruit, orange, honeysuckle and fresh citrus rind grab your attention, while the fresh and sweet lemon core refreshes as it lingers. 92 Pts

92 points - Tasted
2013Pavillon Rouge du Château  (Margaux)90 pts

Medium bodied, finesse style of Margaux with a focus on its fresh, sweet, red fruits, floral charactereistics and early drinkability.

90 points - Tasted

With earthy, floral, spearmint and black cherry aromas, the wine segues into a soft, polished texture and a forward, elegant finish brimming with black cherry and cocoa. From a blend of 84% Cabernet Sauvginon, 10% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc. 90-92 Pts

90 points - Tasted
2012Château  (Margaux)95 pts

Cedar wood, truffle, earth, tobacco, flowers and fresh berries can be coaxed out of the nose, but it takes effort as the wine is ready for sleep. Fresh, soft, smooth, silky and polished, give this a decade or more to open and come together.

95 points - Tasted

Blending 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot, with coaxing flowers, blackberries, cassis, gravel, fennel, coffee bean and mint. Refined and structured, with plush, polished tannins, tangy black cherry notes add to the fresh, persistent and elegant finish. 93-95 Pts

94 points - Tasted
2012Pavillon Blanc du Château Margaux Blanc  (Bordeaux)93 pts

Fresh, crisp, ripe, citrus notes complicated by floral elements, forward and ready to go, with sweet, lemon and lime notes in the crisp, slightly honeyed finish.

91 points - Tasted

Honeydew, cantaloupe, grassy, citrus scents pop with little effort. Fresh, lively, peppy and sweet, lemon and lime flavors produce a persistent finish. 92-94 Pts

93 points - Tasted
2012Pavillon Rouge du Château  (Margaux)90 pts

Flowers, cherries, cocoa and smoke create the inviting nose. On the palate the wine is medium bodied, fresh, bright and crisp, with a sweet and tart, elegant black cherry finish.

90 points - Tasted

From 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc. The wine offers earth, tobacco, and cassis notes, finishing with a spicy and crunch cassis-filled finish. 88-91 Pts

90 points - Tasted
2011Château  (Margaux)95 pts

Blending 86% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot, along with equal parts Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc, the wine is ruby in color. With delicate, complicated scents of violets, mocha, smoke, truffle, blackberry, cassis and an array of spices, the wine is soft, refined and elegant. It’s lacking the volume and darker berries found in the 2010 or 2009. Yet this is a very suave, fresh, pure, cassis-filled Margaux. 94-95 Pts

95 points - Tasted
2011Pavillon Blanc du Château Margaux Blanc  (Bordeaux)94 pts

From 100% Sauvignon Blanc, this is packed with fresh lemon, hazelnuts, flowers, grapefruit and citrus. Fresh, rich, balanced, sweet and clean, the wine finishes with a long, citrus-filled finish. Very balanced and clean. This will be bottled in June. 93-94 Pts

94 points - Tasted
2011Pavillon Rouge du Château  (Margaux)90 pts

Blending 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 8% Franc and 2% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 13% alcohol. The wine represents 28% of the harvest. More of the wine was relegated to the third and fourth wines of Margaux. The wine opens with floral, black raspberry, mocha and earthy scents. Medium-bodied, with soft, fresh red berries, the wine ends with sweet cassis and cherry. 89-91 Pts

90 points - Tasted
2010Château  (Margaux)100pts

The perfume teases you with its depth and intensity of what’s to come with its aromas of violets, smoky oak, licorice, earth, vanilla and mélange of dark berries. From the first sip, the wine coats your palate and taste buds with pure, fresh, rich, thick, polished blackberries, silky tannins and a finish that builds and expands for close to 60 seconds! The wine continued to build and expand in the glass for the two hours we spent with the wine over lunch.

100 points - Tasted

Deep purple in color, the wine offers a pungent nose of violets, cassis, smoke, oak, tobacco, earth and fresh picked blackberries. This rich, concentrated, velvet drenched, lush, opulent wine coats your palate with layers of pure silk. The long, precise finish is filled with crème de cassis, boysenberry and plums.

99 points - Tasted

2010 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. 98-100 Pts

99 points - Tasted
2010Pavillon Rouge du Château  (Margaux)93 pts

Already drinking well, with its sensuous textures and layers of sweet, ripe fruits, the wine is clean, fresh, rich and even sexy. It’s amazing to consider, but this second wine of Margaux is better than any wine produced in the 1960’s, 1970’s and for several vintages made in the 80’s as well. In part, some of this is due to the creation of the new third wine, Margaux de Margaux, which affords this wine a much better selection.

92 points - Tasted

With a perfume filled with roses, chocolate, blackberry and licorice, the wine feels sauvé in texture. This round, fresh, cassis and black cherry filled wine offers a lot of Margaux character and charm. 92-94 Pts

93 points - Tasted

Pavillon du Rouge Smoke, cassis, oak and violets, this wine combines delicate textures, with sweet, soft berries, black and red fruits and silky tannins make up this charming Margaux. 91-93 Pts

92 points - Tasted
2010Pavillon Blanc du Château Margaux Blanc  (Bordeaux)92 pts

Not showing as well from the bottle as it did from the barrel, the wine offers fresh, lively, waxy lemons, grapefruit, spice and floral notes. Refreshing and mineral driven, this is already drinking well.

92 points - Tasted
2009Château  (Margaux)100pts

Pure lush, sensual sexy textures leave your speechless. Powerful, yet light on its feet, everything is in balance and harmony Layers of opulent, silky, perfectly ripe fruits end with sensations of sweet, black cherries and chocolate that lingers for close to 60 seconds. If I had the money, I'd be all over this wine. I hope my richer friends buy this so I can taste it over the next several decades.

100 points - Tasted

Truffle, blackberry liqueur, licorice, black cherry, flowers, molten earth, tobacco smoke and 5 spice. There is richness and purity if fruit that is hauntingly beautiful. Refined, powerful and intense, this opulent wine is pure silk and velvet. The supple finish tastes like perfectly ripe fruit just picked from the vine at the exact moment to obtain maximum ripeness. From a blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot and equalt parts Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc, there is not a single hard edge to be found. Flawless and sensuous, I finished every drop in my glass! If I had time, I would have stayed and finished the bottle.

100 points - Tasted

Complicated aromatics of sandalwood, spice, earth, boysenberry, tobacco, smoke and dark berries require little effort to be discovered. On the palate, this opulent, sexy, rich, supple wine feels like pure silk as it drapes over your palate. Fresh, pure and intense, this majestic Bordeaux wine expands on your palate for close to sixty seconds! The wine will be bottled in August.

99 points - Tasted

2009 Margaux pops from the glass with aromas of spice, incense, espresso, cassis, and juicy dark berries. Full bodied and intense. According to Paul Pontallier, the wine is more tannic than both the 1986 and the 2005. Neither the tannin nor alcohol dominates because of the concentrated sweet fruit. The wine finishes with a purity and essence of cassis and dark berries. 98-100 Pts

99 points - Tasted
2009Pavillon Rouge du Château  (Margaux)92 pts

Silky and seductive, from a blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot, this ripe, fresh wine features supple tannins and a sweet, lush, blackberry, plum and spice filled finish. Enjoy it now, or over next 10-15 years.

92 points - Tasted
2008Château  (Margaux)96 pts

2008 Margaux opens with a complex perfume of fresh flowers, minerals, cassis, earth, forest floor, cedar and coffee scents. Full bodied and concentrated with round tannins, opulent textures and ripe fruit, this stylish wine ends with a long, polished sexy wave of rich textures. 96 Pts

96 points - Tasted

08 Château Margaux is deep colored with light purple accents. Cassis, floral, oak, baby fennel and blackberry aromas are easy to find. Quite concentrated, but light on its feet, this is a wine of freshness and refinement. The long finish is clean, and expresses a lot of purity in the mouth. 95-97 Pts

96 points - Tasted
2007Pavillon Blanc du Château Margaux Blanc  (Bordeaux)96 pts

With a beautiful, gold hue, the nose serves up earth, fresh herbs, citrus rind and pears. Luscious in texture, with energy and depth, the wine is sweet, fresh and still delivering fresh citrus fruits, along with the additional, secondary complexities. The wine is quite long in the finish.

94 points - Tasted

Honeysuckle, flowers, lemon, grapefruit, roasted nuts and vanilla custard scents are found in the perfume. Rich, ripe, round and fresh, this white Bordeaux wine produced from 100% Sauvignon Blanc, ends with a fat, spicy, tropical fruit and fresh lemon oil finish. Even though the wine comes in at a surprising 15.5% alcohol, there is no sensation of heat. Everything is in balance.

96 points - Tasted
2007Château  (Margaux)93 pts

Ruby in color, the wine offers truffle, cigar box and red fruits. This is all about the secondary nuances and the soft, silky, elegant textures. Medium bodied, but with charming, red fruit characteristics, this is at full maturity. This is not a Margaux to make old bones, but in a blind tasting, no one is going to think this is from 2007. It's surprisingly much better than anticipated.

93 points - Tasted

Light ruby in color, with a mature nose of spice, flowers and blackberries, this soft, refined, charming wine is already drinking well. The wine ends with a supple, cassis and black cherry filled finish. Give it 2-3 more years to gain additional layers of complexity.

93 points - Tasted
2007Pavillon Rouge du Château  (Margaux)88 pts

With a developed character, starting with the color, you can easily sense the earthy, herbal, secondary characteristics. Slightly past full maturity, the wine is soft, almost, almost light actually. There is still some fruit remaining in the finish, but if you holding any, you are best advised to drink up, before the remaining fruit fades.

88 points - Tasted
2006Château  (Margaux)96 pts

Still tightly wound, although it resists much of the stern tannins found in many of the other 2006 Medoc wines, the wine offers the start of its secondary aromatics with its tobacco, cherry, plum, spice, smoke and forest floor scents. Elegant, sophisticated and charming, give it another 5-10 more years to develop more secondary notes, soften and add more weight. The wine was produced from 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc, until this time, this probably set a record for the highest percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend.

96 points - Tasted

This kicks off with floral, chocolate and cassis on the nose. Very Cabernet feeling in the mouth. Tannic. This reminds me of a riper version of the 86. This will need serious cellar time

94 points - Tasted
2006Pavillon Rouge du Château  (Margaux)90 pts

With a developed character, you can see this in the color, on the palate and in the nose, the wine is soft, elegant and refined, medium bodied, on the fresh, subtle side of the style range. This is probably drinking at peak and while there is no real hurry to drink it, there is no reason to age it any longer either.

90 points - Tasted
2005Château  (Margaux)100pts

Intoxicating scents of caramel, violets, smoke, licorice, plum and maraschino cherries take almost no time to find. Pure silk and velvet on the palate, the wine is seriously concentrated with an elegant, refined, fresh, tannic, rich, well defined, profile that has a lot more to say than it lets on for the moment. If I had to sum the wine up in a single word, compelling wold not do it justice. 5-10 years will add a lot to this already sublime wine.

100 points - Tasted

With coaxing, I discovered a ripe core of elegant, stylish, blackberry, violets and cassis popping from the glass. Very fleshy with great purity of fruit. The finish seemed a bit oaky at this stage. Having had this wine multiple times, the wine is shutting down and should be allowed to rest for several years before tasting again.

96 points - Tasted

The nose was pure blackberry liqueur, flowers and spices. The palate experiences incredible layers of sweet, concentrated, sexy polished, ripe fruit finishing with a blast of black cherry, blackberry, chocolate and spice. This wine is very special. The texture is off the charts! This is incredibly fresh and lush with an amazing purity of fruit. This wine is absolutely seamless.

100 points - Tasted
2005Pavillon Blanc du Château Margaux Blanc  (Bordeaux)92 pts

With a nose of fresh squeezed citrus, honeysuckle, vanilla and grapefruit in the nose, the wine is fresh, lively and packed with sweet lemons that offer bracing acidity with sweetness.

92 points - Tasted
2005Pavillon Rouge du Château  (Margaux)90 pts

Soft, smooth and ready for prime time, with its elegant, fresh, cherries, floral and earthy profile.

90 points - Tasted

Floral, dark cherry, earth and tobacco notes open to a ready to drink, fresh, soft textured Margaux wine that focuses on elegance and early drinkability. This is a very successful, second wine.

90 points - Tasted
2004Château  (Margaux)93 pts

A medium bodied, lighter. fresher style of Chateau Margaux that shows a lot of complexity in its floral, earthy, sweet red fruit and tobacco perfume. Soft, and polished in texture, the fruit is clearly ripe and fresh, I just wish there was more of it in this vintage. Forward in style, and already approachable, drink this elegant beauty now, while waiting for the more powerful vintages like 2000, 2003 and 2005 to mature.

93 points - Tasted

Truffle, tobacco, blackberry pie, spice, herb and forest floor aromas are starting to emerge. Soft with a polished texture to the medium/full bodied fruit, this is starting to open and drink well. Another 5-7 years will add even more depth and complexity to the wine.

92 points - Tasted
2004Pavillon Blanc du Château Margaux Blanc  (Bordeaux)90 pts

Bright, crisp, fresh, lemon, lime flavors, medium bodied and a crisp, citrus finish.

90 points - Tasted
2004Pavillon Rouge du Château  (Margaux)89 pts

Medium bodied, fully mature, with soft, delicate textures, sweet black cherries, floral and cigar box notes, this is a not a wine to age for further development.

89 points - Tasted
2003Château  (Margaux)100pts

Lush, sensuous, rich, opulent and perhaps decadent levels of perfectly ripe fruits are impossible not to get caught up in. Length, purity, seamlessness and textural delights are what you will find here. This is one of the top wines of a mixed vintage and a great Margaux.

99 points - Tasted

If you are a fan of Chateau Margaux, and you have the funds, this is a wine you need in your cellar! Pure silk and velvet textures, lush, opulent tannins, incredible depth of flavor, concentration and length, the perfectly ripe fruit that fills your mouth, is absolutely decadent. While young, there is such a wealth of ripe fruit and the tannins are so soft and polished, you can drink this now. Or, feel free to lay it down in your cellar for another decade. This is one of those unique wines that leaves you thinking about it, long after the wine has left your glass and gone to where it was intended to be.

100 points - Tasted

Truffle, coffee bean, licorice, spice, roasted blackberries and cherry blossoms. Pure , sensuality, with fruit drenched in velvet and silky tannins, with a long, fresh, sweet black cherry finish. This is still young and while the wine is delicious to drink today, this is going to get better and better with time. This is a contender for the wine of the Left Bank and of the vintage!

99 points - Tasted

Compelling in every way, 2003 Margaux has it all! A fragrance that grabs you with its smoke, caramel, truffle, blackberry, floral, forest floor and cedar wood scents. The thick, rich, silky palate pairs intensity and purity. The wine is deep, fresh and complex. This will be a legendary vintage in a decade or two.

98 points - Tasted
2002Château  (Margaux)93 pts

From a blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot, this medium bodied wine is perhaps slightly more interesting on the nose than the palate. The pleasurable floral, cherry, tobacco, leaf and earthy nose lead you to a wine with some rusticity in the tannins in the crisp finish. More time could soften the wine, but I am not willing to bet the farm on it. If you were lucky like me and bought the wine as a future in 2003 for about $80 US dollars, you did great. But in today's world, there are better wines to buy.

93 points - Tasted
2001Château  (Margaux)94 pts

Silky, smooth and refined, this medium bodied effort is all about the refined textures and elegant character. It's lacking the depth and concentration of the top vintages, but its ability to be enjoyed young, along with its finesse style should not be overlooked.

94 points - Tasted
2000Château  (Margaux)100pts

Absolutely beautiful from start to finish. There is a lot of tannin here. Yes, the tannins are incredibly silky, but they are still firm, holding the wine in check. Secondary aromas have started to emerge, but there a lot more room for development. Give this wine at least 5-8 more years and everything should fall perfectly into place.

98 points - Tasted

Clearly, this is not ready for its closeup, or prime time. It's hard not to be impressed with the elegant, silky tannins, velvety, sweet, ripe fruits, intense aromatics or the length of the finish, but similar to driving a Ferrari in traffic, this is just not running at its full potential. As a guess, 5-10 years are needed for well stored bottles.

98 points - Tasted

This is not quite ready, but that does not take anything away from the pleasure found here. Elegance, concentration, opulence and complexity are the hallmarks of this wine. The smoky, floral, earthy, fresh, sweet, ripe fruits are close to perfect. But it's the silky, cashmere textures and length that steals the show! If you like the fresh qualities of young Bordeaux, give it a few hours of air and enjoy the ride. If you're patient, and prefer more aged, secondary characteristics, wait a decade. Either way, you're in for a wild ride on the hedonism train.

99 points - Tasted

Violets, black raspberries, dark chocoalte and black cherry liqueur scents pop. Soft, polished, silk and velvet textures are made better by the multiple layers of fresh, ripe, pure berries. Still young, I'd wait another 5 - 10 years, but if you offered me a glass, I'd be all over it.

99 points - Tasted

This is an OMG wine. For people not familiar with my notes, that is short for Oh My God! What a wine. Cassis, violets, spice box, truffle, blackberries, cedar wood, cigar box and tobacco scents flood your senses. The wine is so silky, it must be felt to be believed. The wine is intense, long and pure. This was decanted about 2-3 hours before serving and improved in the glass for as long as the lunch lasted.

99 points - Tasted

Massive, intense, refined, pure, sensuous, powerful and concentrated with wave after wave of soft, elegant, deep layers of ripe dark berries, spice, flowers, truffle and earth, the wine really coats your palate with the essence of Margaux. Opened far too young, at least 10 more years are needed for the wine to begin showing what it's really made of.

98 points - Tasted

Can you say Rock Star? Oh My God, this is off the charts! The perfume explodes in your face with smoke, cassis, tobacco, mineral, floral, spice, earth and truffle scents. In the mouth, this perfect Bordeaux wine fills your palate with decadent fruit that offers perfect balance, harmony, length and depth in a long seamless finish. If you have the wine, don’t sell it. If you have the money, buy it!

100 points - Tasted

This is a rock star! There is no other way to say it. Intense aromatics of a mélange of spices, floral notes, perfectly ripe cassis, blackberry and tobacco introduce you to the wine. On the palate is where the wine takes off! Perfectly polished layers of pure, ripe fruit fill every nook and cranny of your palate. Everything is in balance with velvet like textures that conclude with an endless bath of ripe, black fruit and silky textures. The sublime finish is seamless. If this wine is already this stunning at 10, when fully mature, this will be off the charts. This is one of the finest vintages of Margaux I recall tasting. Life is too short not to taste this wine and hopefully have at least a few bottles of it in your cellar.

100 points - Tasted

This was so complex, concentrated and charismatic, it was almost surreal! Endless layers of aromatics are followed by wave after wave of a myriad of tastes and flavors as cascade every nook and cranny of your palate. This is so dense and rich, it’s almost off the charts! Absolutely compelling. Very deep and lush. This is already a legendary wine.

100 points - Tasted
2000Pavillon Rouge du Château  (Margaux)88 pts

Soft, approachable, medium bodied and already open, this is a lighter style of Margaux that can be enjoyed today.

88 points - Tasted
1999Château  (Margaux)95 pts

This is a very good wine and strong vintage for Chateau Margaux. Prices for all the First Growths have made most vintages far too expensive for people to buy. The best value in a Chateau Margaux is found in the 1999. With polished textures, supple tannins and a nose revealing tobacco, truffle, smoke, dark berries, forest floor and spicy aromatics, you can enjoy this bottle now, or age it for another decade or two without any trouble.

95 points - Tasted

Violets, tobacco, cocoa, coffee, creamy cassis, blackberry, cigar box and truffle get you instantly involved with the wine. In the mouth, the wine is silky smooth, with a rich, ripe, sweet, cassis, black cherry and wild strawberry jam finish. It's fun to drink now, but a few more years of bottle age will more complexity to the wine. The wine softened and fleshed out after 3 hours in the glass

94 points - Tasted

This combines red and black fruitswith cassis in the nose and palate. Very expressive, elegant and round. For Margaux, this will drink young.

95 points - Tasted
1998Château  (Margaux)93 pts

Medium/full bodied, firm, tannic, masculine, structured style of Margaux. The perfume, with its floral, tobacco and black cherry aromas are more enticing at this stage of the game. The wine demands at least another 5-8 years in the cellar. With luck, the wine will soften as it evolves.

93 points - Tasted
1997Château  (Margaux)92 pts

Medium bodied, elegant, softer style of wine, which is stronger on the nose, with its earthy, cigar box, cherry pipe tobacco, forest aromas and hint of floral notes, than on the lighter fruited palate, which shows its warm, cherry notes, herbs, and wet earth well. Splash decanted, the wine was much better than expected from such a difficult vintage, especially at only a few weeks shy of its 21st birthday.

92 points - Tasted
1996Château  (Margaux)98 pts

About 2 hours of air, and this really exploded into everything you were hoping it would be. Rich, silky, plush, polished, and fresh, with layers of perfectly ripe, sweet, opulent fruits that tasting and felt great were impossible not to enjoy. This is really getting close to optimum drinking here.

98 points - Tasted

With bottle age, every wine turns out different. While still a stunning tasting experience, this bottle was not as ostentatious as other examples. Young, fresh, full bodied, silky and with great, purity of fruit, it lacked the expressiveness found in the best bottles.

97 points - Tasted

Silk and velvet tannins, ripe, pure, fresh, sweet, vibrant fruits, a perfume of violets, tobacco, cassis, blackberry and earthy notes and a finish that does not quit. What more can you ask for? This is close to ready. It is going to get better and better for a long time, but at close to 20 years of age, this is starting to enter its prime time drinking window.

98 points - Tasted

Now we're talking my language! Packed with licorice, coffee bean, coconut, cassis, blackberry, earth and floral characteristics. Intense, concentrated, long and powerful, this still young wine will really turn on the charm with another 5 - 10 more years in the bottle.

98 points - Tasted

After a string of perfect bottles of Margaux, this particular bottle was good, but not great. And definitely no performing at the level it is capable of. It seems to lack the polish and precision normally experienced in this wine. Once again, with the passage of time, there are no great wines, just great bottles.

95 points - Tasted

Showing deep ruby with bricking at the edges on the color, this stunning Chateau Margaux is filled with complex aromas of Cuban cigars, truffles, flowers, spice, ash, blackberries, tobacco, cassis, stone and fennel. In the mouth, the wine gushes over your palate with sensations of sweet crème de cassis, tobacco and roasted cherries. The silk and powerful finesse finish remains on your palate for over 60 seconds. This is already starting to show well at 15 years of age. This special Bordeaux wine has the fruit and structure needed to continue developing for at least another 20-30 or 40 years!

98 points - Tasted

Dark, opaque color, a complex, intoxicating perfume and layers of fruit that flow over your palate and senses! Absolutely compelling juice. Very primary, this was opened for educational purposes. In 15-20 years when fully mature, this will be an “Oh My God” wine and tasting experience!

98 points - Tasted
1995Château  (Margaux)95 pts

Firm, tannic style of Chateau Margaux, that seems like its a modern day version of their 1986. As time evolved in the decanter and glass, the wine filled out, but it never found a silky, elegant place on my palate. Full bodied, and concentrate, this is still quite tannic. Fans of older, classic styled Bordeaux will probably be more enamored with this than I was.

94 points - Tasted

At 20 years of age, the wine is starting to wake, although it still needed the help of 2-3 hours of air. The nose offers a floral, fruit filled perfume. Medium/full bodied, the wine has more of a softness than lush quality to its texture. The wine is fresh, ripe and youthful. If you have a bottle, I'd wait another 5 years, hoping for more development.

95 points - Tasted

Earth, oak, caramel, blackberry, violet and black cherry scents are found in the perfume. Very tannic with a slight austerity to the style. This young, concentrated wine needs a lot of time before fleshing out.

95 points - Tasted
1994Château  (Margaux)91 pts

Firm and austere, or are those terms just polite ways of saying classic? Much better results are found here on the nose, with its floral, tobacco, earthy, red berry characteristics. Bright, crisp red fruits and green herbs are sensed in the finish. More time will probably not add much here. A few hours of air did help a bit. On the other hand, if you really love those older, classic vintages from years gone by, this wine should be in your wheelhouse.

91 points - Tasted
1990Château  (Margaux)100pts

Clearly, the best bottle of this elixir I've tasted in years. Voluptuous, ostentatious, silky and complex, there was the length and depth you need, with the patina of age, to make everything come together. Decanted about 1 hour, as soon as you took the initial sip, you knew you were not in Kansas in anymore. From that first sip, the wine coated your palate with this incredible texture of silk, with more than enough fruit to coat your palate. The finish must have stuck with me for over 60 seconds.

100 points - Tasted

Lush, sexy, silky, voluptuous and drinking extremely well, this is a beauty. The tobacco, violet and dark cherry nose, full bodied, palate, and opulent finish were really showing well. If you've been thinking about popping a bottle, while there is no hurry, there is no reason to wait either.

98 points - Tasted

This bottle was stunning in every sense of the word from start to finish. Power, elegance, grace, purity of fruit, silky tannins and aromatics that do not quit, with a finish that expands in flavor, with velvet textures. This is a rockstar wine that should be experienced at least once in your life.

100 points - Tasted

This is consistently a stunning wine and this bottle was no exception. Violets, dark chocolate, plum, espresso, tobacco and truffle scents fight for your attention. Rich and dense on the palate, the wine leaves you with a concentrated blast of fresh, sweet, ripe, dark fruits and velvet textures. The bottle was decanted about 2 hours prior to serving.

98 points - Tasted

Another example of a very good bottle of a wine that can hit 100 Pts, but didn't. At close to 26 years of age, that is to be expected. Still, the nose, with its tobacco, herbs, cigar box, blackberry, cedar and earthy components was working it. The palate was elegant, soft and round, but lacked the voluptuous qualities the best bottles show. This can be enjoyed now, or age it for more complexity.

97 points - Tasted

Close to perfect in every way.... This is pure silk and velvet on the palate. The fruit just feels great as it coats your palate with flavor and velvety sensations. The wine really lingers, leaving you with a smile on your face and empty glass wishing you could fill it one more time. This is showing great today and will only get better and better as time marches on.

99 points - Tasted

Wow, what a sublime example of Bordeaux. Rich, sensuous, ripe, plush, polished and silky, the fruit stay with you long after the wine has left your glass. You drink this now, as it's just showing so much charm and complexity. You can drink it in 10 years, or if you have kids, in 20 years, it will be even better. This is pricey, but it's Margaux at its best.

98 points - Tasted

This sexy beast delivers the goods in spades with its sensuous personality, silky textures and long, expansive finish. This is so good now. But my money says it's going to be even better in 5-10 years.

98 points - Tasted

This deserves an award for the most consistently stunning wine of the decade. Almost every bottle has been sheer perfection and this was no exception. The wine is packed with perfectly ripe, silky fruits with the texture of polished berries. The finish builds in intensity and with time in the glass, more complexity keeps getting added to the wine. If you want to know why Chateau Margaux is one of the world's great wines, if you have the money, this is the vintage to buy.

100 points - Tasted

Wines at this level are failed by words or scores. They must be tasted at least once in your life to understand greatness in a Bordeaux. When this wine hits your palate, it feels like each berry was polished by hand, one at a time to an absolutely, pure, velvety texture. This is so smooth, it could slide uphill. The aromatics are mind blowing with their their length and complexity. Perfect in every way, wines do not get better than this. They can be equally as good, but different, but they do not get better.

100 points - Tasted

Chocolate, violets, creme de cassis, oak, tobacco, smoke and cherry blossoms grab your attention. Full bodied, rich and concentrated with layers of velvety soft fruit, this luscious Bordeaux wine ends with layers of opulently textured, ripe, spicy dark berries, black raspberry and cassis. This bottle may not have been a perfect example, as I've tasted better examples of this wine on previous occasions.

97 points - Tasted

Perfection in a bottle. Those 4 words convey all you need to know about this Bordeaux wine. That is, if you're not interested in details. But for anyone interested in the experience... Intense aromatics offered flowers, truffles, ripe, jammy berries, earth, stone, licorice, smoke and exotic spices. The silk drenched layers of decadent, opulent, pure, sweet, fruit caress your palate and linger for at least sixty seconds. What makes 1990 Chateau Margaux unique, is the rare ability to please hedonistic, pleasure seekers and tasters looking for an intellectual experience. At 21 years of age, this Bordeaux wine has moved from adolescence to the beginning of maturity. There is no better example of Margaux that is drinking as well as this wine is today.

100 points - Tasted

Served blind, my comments were, “Great nose and a beautiful rich texture that quickly drops off in the finish”. I added, “I bet this was a really good bottle, that either suffered in storage at some point, or the cork did not offer a good seal”. I was shocked to see this was 1990Chateau Margaux! With all notes, especially as our bottles age, provenance is more and more important. It’s sad tasting wines that should be great, yet they don’t deliver due to poor handling. One more negative about the bottle, the wine deteriorated in the glass after 90 minutes.

91 points - Tasted

Cedar, cassis, wet earth, truffles and floral aromatics put a smile on your face. Similar to 89 Haut Brion, this is an extremely concentrated wine. This is pure silk and velvet. Tasting this makes me think each berry was polished one at a time giving it an incredible sense of opulence. The tannins are amazingly soft. This was marries power with elegance and grace. The seamless finish appears endless. There is not a hard edge to be found.

99 points - Tasted

Elegant, refined, plush and opulent in personality. This black fruit, violet, cedar, tobacco scented wine pairs with textures of pure silk and velvet. Opulent, concentrated and starting to open, this is a sublime tasting experience.

97 points - Tasted

The nose is off the charts as well as the palate. This is so rich and concentrated with decadent, ripe fruit, you can either drink it or eat it. Simply amazing! This is pure liquid silk.

99 points - Tasted
1989Château  (Margaux)93 pts

Full mature, medium bodied and elegant, this is more interesting on the nose, with its tobacco, floral, truffle, cherry and forest floor perfume, than on the palate, as it's on the lighter side for Margaux. Lots of freshness, but lacking the depth and luxurious textures found in the best vintages, there is still a lot to like here. But it is not going to get much better from here. If you have a bottle, pop a cork.

92 points - Tasted

Medium bodied, lighter style of Margaux that is drinking nicely today. The texture is soft, the fruit is close to crispy, finishing with some dryness in the tannins coupled with herbal notes and cassis. This is not worth the money it trades for today.

90 points - Tasted

Fully mature, with a nose filled with tobacco, earth, cherries, forest floor and cigar box notes, the wine is soft, silky and polished. But there is a lack of depth and length that keep this refined, elegant Margaux from being exciting. Don't get me wrong, this is a good wine that I liked. But it needed to be a wine I loved...

91 points - Tasted

Rife with chocolate, plum, tobacco, earth, floral, cassis, spice and black cherry aromas. Elegant, rich, sensuous textures and a luscious cassis and dark berry finish led me to believe it was a very good Pomerol. When it turned out to be 1989 Chateau Margaux, I was happy because the wine has gained complexity and depth over the past several years. As good as this is drinking now, it's only going to get better.

93 points - Tasted

Tobacco, spice, black cherry, blackberry, and truffles with hints of floral notes made up the complex perfume. The wine displays a soft texture, but it lacks the concentration found in the top years. The wine finishes with notes of ripe black fruit and plums. This is a finesse style of Margaux that is maturing early.

92 points - Tasted
1988Château  (Margaux)89 pts

The wine lacked charm, elegance and density found in great Margaux. Close to mature, it might soften up, but, it's not going to get much better. This is an old school styled wine that others will like more than I did.

89 points - Tasted
1987Château  (Margaux)88 pts

It's not a bad wine as there was clearly some pleasure to be found. There was a sense of refinement, but it lacked the depth, concentration and complexity expected from a First Growth. Served double blind, once its identity was revealed, clearly the wine looked and tasted much older than its true age. If you have some remaining in your cellar, I'd drink it sooner than later as the wine is only going to continue on the downhill course of life.

88 points - Tasted
1986Château  (Margaux)96 pts

A very good wine, but clearly in the style of the 1986 vintage, with is classically styled leaning. The nose, with its earthy, cedar, smoke, tobacco, cassis and cherry is more interesting than what you find on the palate, which offers a powerful, full bodied, deep essence of dark, red fruits. Time will help add more nuances here, but if you are going to pop a cork today, give it a few hours of air. You and the wine will be happier.

95 points - Tasted

Firm, structured and tannnic, this needs time in the decanter. But even with air, this is always going to be on the strict side. Aromatically, it is a beauty. There is a wealth of ripe, sweet, fruits, but there is a tannnic bite to the finish.

95 points - Tasted

More complete on the nose, with its earth, cedar, tobacco, black and dark red fruit profile than on the palate. The wine is concentrated, but it's not exactly charming, instead it's more of a tannic, structured, big, masculine style of wine for Margaux. There is quality, but the style is old school and it's important to note, this needs 3-4 hours of air, or another 10-15 more years in the decanter.

95 points - Tasted

This wine needs decanting to soften its tannins and masculine side. With air, the earthy, tobacco driven nose, pairs perfectly with the ripe, but masculine styled red and black fruits that leaves you with some dusty textures in the finish. This is still evolving. Time and air will help improve the experience.

95 points - Tasted

This is a very good wine, but it's always going to have this tannic spine that even with 4 hours of decanting, remains part of its character. The fruit is there, as are complex aromatics and concentration of flavor, but it lacks the soft, sensuous side of Margaux at its best. This is a good wine, in a more classic style that has the potential to become one of the better 1986 wines with more age.

95 points - Tasted

I liked this wine. But the dryness in the tannic finish was more pronounced than in other bottles I've tasted. There was a lot to like with its layers of cassis, dark berry, truffle and tobacco personality. This is a what some tasters might call classic in style. I own a few bottles and I'm waiting another 5 - 10 years, hoping, or is that praying the tannins soften.

94 points - Tasted

Served blind, I was more than surprised to find this was a 1986 vintage. The tannins, fruit and acidity were in balance. The tobacco, cassis, earth, espresso, smoke and blackberry filled perfume was alive and well. There was a softness to the texture and a richness of flavor. The wine also seemed to be at least 10-15 years younger. This was the best bottle of 1986 Margaux I've tasted in years as it displayed none of the typical austere qualities found in most Bordeaux from the 1986 vintage. I own a few bottles of this and based on this tasting, I have high hopes that for consumers with enough patience to wait another decade, this will be a truly sublime vintage of Chateau Margaux.

95 points - Tasted

86 Margaux is developing along the lines of many 86 Bordeaux, The lean, austere side of the vintage is being to upstage the elegant leanings of even Chateau Margaux. Complex aromatics start the off, but on the palate, the wine feels lean, masculine and austere. This stern style of Margaux is powerful, the level of the hard tannins, detracts from the tasting experience. Perhaps this will change course and become more pleasurable with time, the wine does not seem to be heading in that direction. 93 Pts

93 points - Tasted

The nose is treated to an orgasmic display of aromatics. Coffee, licorice, truffles, black fruits, cassis and floral scents are easy to discern. The texture is incredibly dense, rich and concentrated. Layers of opulent, rich, ripe Margaux fruit coat your palate in a finish that lasts :45 seconds! This is not an austere wine, but, the finish retains a tannic edge which will probably remain a part of its brawny, old school personality.

94 points - Tasted

This is a very masculine and beefy styled wine. Huge, deep and concentrated, but with a very hard, tannic, brawny and beefy nature. I get the quality, but, this the wines austere, tannic nature is not something I seek in a wine that I look to for elegance. Perhaps time, another 15 or more years will soften this powerful wines edges.

94 points - Tasted

This bottle was in a beefy and masculine style with a complex perfume of cedar smoky black fruits, flowers and cassis. This example of 86 Margaux was not user friendly. Like all the top 86’s, it needs at least another decade to shed its tannic cloak. I prefer the 83 & 85 at this point

95 points - Tasted

Very expressive, uniquely floral. Very concentrated with gobs of ripe fruit. This is one of the few Bordeaux winesx from the 1986 vintage that is not austere in style.

96 points - Tasted
1985Château  (Margaux)96 pts

At age 30, this is in the perfect place to experience its soft, silky, fresh, sweet, red and black fruit pleasures. Elegant, medium/full bodied, with a complex nose and regal, cherry toned finish, there is no reason to pull a cork if you have a bottle. This bottle showed a bit better than some examples as it came directly from the chateau and had not been moved since it was bottled.

95 points - Tasted

A pronounced smell of violets, black raspberries, earth, tobacco and cherry open to a soft, voluptuous, round wine. Probably close to fully mature, this is drinking in its sweet spot. The only minor drawback might be a bit of rusticity in the tannins and a hint of green herbs in the otherwise, sweet, cherry finish.

94 points - Tasted

Earth, smoke, tobacco, cassis, herbs, truffle, tobacco and an odd sensation of tomato created the aromatics. The wine is sweet, soft and round, but there was a bit of roughness to the tannins with a minor touch of green in the cassis and blackberry dominated finish. Even with its faults, or virtues, depending on what you like in a wine, this charming Bordeaux wine is ready to drink and offers a lot of pleasure.

94 points - Tasted

This is the perfect time to catch this medium/full bodied wine. With its tobacco, truffle, smoke, forest floor, blackberry, leaf and earthy perfume, soft, elegant, refined textures and long, sweet, velvety finish, this is drinking beautifully today. I'd drink it over the next 10-15 years.

94 points - Tasted

5 Spice, truffle, cassis, tobacco, olives, blackberry and forest aromas lead to a soft textured entry. On the palate, this fully mature, plush Margaux wine is concentrated with elegant layers of round, dark berries, hints of red fruit and a minor touch of greeness in the finish. I'm not sure this has much room to improve, but this delightful Margaux should remain at this level for at least another 15 or more years.

95 points - Tasted

Coconut, herbs, cherry, tobacco and earthy scents are easy to find. This concentrated, fully mature Bordeaux wine offers a long, blackberry, spice and cassis filled finish. But some rusticity in the tannins takes away from the otherwise outstanding Bordeaux wine.

93 points - Tasted

Cassis, black fruits and cedar aromas greet your nose and the rich ripe fruit please your palate. Very silky and rich, but, lacking the concentration of the great years.

95 points - Tasted

The perfume is intoxicating and the palate enjoys a long, concentrated finish of silky, dense, ripe fruit. Very classy. This will last and continue evolving for at least another 20 years

96 points - Tasted

This wine combined the floral Margaux notes with velvety, Pomerol textures. Rich, fleshy, opulent and graceful. Still young, this will get better with age.

96 points - Tasted
1983Château  (Margaux)98 pts

I can never seem to make up my mind about which wine is better, 1982 Margaux, or is it the 1983? They seem to alternate, as to which is on top. Mature and ready for drinking, the wine is full bodied, concentrated and rich, displaying all its floral, tobacco, blackberry, earth and fresh cherry charms. There is a touch of greeness in the finish, but there is so much going on with the wine in every other sense, it's hard to notice. Drink this beauty, or age it, either way, you are in for a treat.

95 points - Tasted

With age, clearly some bottles are better than others and this was a very good bottle. From a magnum, the wine was floral, soft, concentrated, deep and complex, with a length and depth, this delivers a lot more and could serve up even more in the future.

96 points - Tasted

This was a good, but not great example of 1983 Margaux with its cocoa, chocolate mint, truffle, cassis, tobacco, cedar wood and ash character. The wine was soft and polished, finishing with a sweet and tart black and dark red berry finish. Drink now, or let it age another decade.

95 points - Tasted

The second bottle of this wine in a week. I am a lucky man. Both bottles were similar in character. Over time, this cassis, forest, floor, truffle, tobacco and blackberry scented wine is developing rustic qualities to the mouth feel. This is still an outstanding wine, but it’s not developing positive traits with time.

93 points - Tasted

Floral, truffle, earth, cassis, tobacco and cedar wood make up the perfume. Full bodied and concentrated, the tannins are a little rustic, which takes away from this normally, elegant, refined wine.

93 points - Tasted

1983 Margaux for the third time two weeks. I'm not complaining. My comment is a cross between sharing and bragging. Each bottle has been different, which is natural when a wine is only days away from its 28th birthday. This bottle had a tight nose that needed coaxing and swirling to reveal the earthy cedar, blackberry, cassis and fennel aromas. On the palate, the wine felt soft, round and regal. However, the finish lacked the length necessary to be considered a great wine. This was a very good Bordeaux wine. But it was not a great bottle of Chateau Margaux.

94 points - Tasted

83 Margaux is a baffling wine. At times, it's an elegant, floral expression of Margaux and on other occasions, it shows increased rusticity and hard tannins. Sadly, this bottle displayed more of the later than the former characteristics. With an earthy, truffle, cassis and tobacco laden nose, the wine felt rustic and beefy on the palate, with an austere leaning in the cassis filled finish. 94 Pts

94 points - Tasted

Refined power describes this lovely bottle. With decanting, aromatics of black fruit, cassis and floral notes with hints of tobacco and forest scents are easy to find. More powerful than 83 Palmer, but not as elegantly complex, the lengthy, black fruit filled finish is pure, but shows a bit of rusticity. Still young, additional bottle age will only make this already outstanding wine get better and better

96 points - Tasted

With its concentrated aromatics with hints of black cherry liqueur and cedar is a stellar wine. M concentrated than the 82 as well as tannic. This wine was produced in a very powerful style.

95 points - Tasted

Earthy forest notes, flowers and cassis. Very concentrated and full bodied perfectly combining depth with complexity. Still youthfully tannic. The palate enjoys copious amounts of ripe black, red and blue fruit dipped in chocolate.

95 points - Tasted

The perfume was intoxicating, candied fruit, flowers, truffles, wet forests and cedar notes that continued to expand in the glass. Very dense, opulent and extremely concentrated. Viscous, chewy, sensuous, decadent, black fruit filled every nook and cranny of you palate. This will evolve and improve for another 20-25 years or more if well stored.

98 points - Tasted
1982Château  (Margaux)99 pts

This bottle was a beauty. Silky in texture, with a floral, dark cherry, truffle and tobacco nose, the wine was concentrated, long and fresh. The finish felt as good as it tasted, with its depth, refinement and class. This is really drinking at close to peak today, where it should remain for years, if well stored.

97 points - Tasted

Elegant, soft, refined and floral, with a sweetness of fruit, secondary notes of cedar, tobacco, plums, cassis and earth. This bottle seemed slightly more advanced than previous bottles, but at this age, as you know, every bottle is going to be unique.

95 points - Tasted

2 bottles of this were opened because the first example was corked. Bottle #2 was a beauty. Floral, earthy and loaded with sweet, dark, luscious, silky fruits, the wine is full bodied, rich, complex and feels like velvet on the palate. This is mature and ready for prime time drinking.

97 points - Tasted

Earthy, cedar wood, stone and dark cherries show on the nose. Full bodied, lush, polished and soft, this is a really good wine, or perhaps good bottle that is so close, but not quite there. Again, this is probably due to provenance, as I’ve tasted better bottles.

95 points - Tasted

Elegant, full bodied, sophisticated, regal and refined, the wine has length, purity of fruit and complexities that are showing their all. The floral, earthy nose definitely gets you going, but the completeness of the wine on the palate is where the wine really shines. Decanted about 90 minutes, the wine really strutted its stuff.

98 points - Tasted

This is the best bottle of 1982 Margaux I've ever tasted. It was pure silk and polished velvet in texture. The nose, with its tobacco, cigar box, cherry pipe tobacco, cedar, cassis and floral notes were to die for. Lush, pure and opulent, this is really coming on strong. If you're lucky enough to have a bottle in your cellar, why not pop a cork?

98 points - Tasted

Beautiful aromas of fresh blackberry, smoke, tobacco, licorice, stone, floral and cigar box waft from the glass. Soft, lush, round and closing in on maturity, the wine ends with a sweet, ripe, fresh, clean, velvety finish. I remember when 1983 Margaux was the better wine. However, over the past few years, 1982 Margaux continues to improve while 1983 develops more rustic qualities.

97 points - Tasted

Violets, smoke, tobacco, cassis, blackberry and truffle aromatics grab your attention. The powerful, rich, elegant and sexy texture keeps your focus until the soft, silk and velvet textured, cassis filled finish kicks in. Everything is in balance and harmony in this sublime 82 Bordeaux.

99 points - Tasted

The floral, blackberry, truffle cassis, and Cuban cigar aromatics were accompanied by powerful waves of rich, silky, sexy back fruit. In 82, Margaux achieved perfect harmony between elegance and power.

97 points - Tasted

Powerful, concentrated and perfectly in balance. Rich, elegant and harmonious. There is a lot of depth and complexity to this wine.

97 points - Tasted

Deep, dark ruby color with scents of cassis, cedar, black raspberries and licorice. Very supple and opulent and not close to maturity

95 points - Tasted
1981Château  (Margaux)85 pts

Holding on to life by a thread that is close to breaking, one could sense dry, cherry pipe tobacco, earth and floral notes, but the wine was very light on the palate, finishing with a short note of red berries. Drink up sooner than later. This wine was much better years ago.

85 points - Tasted
1979Château  (Margaux)92 pts

Light ruby with bricking in the color, the wine is filled with cassis, spice, truffle, coffee and earthy notes. Refined in texture, this medium/full bodied wine is fully mature. The finish ends with cassis and spice flavors. There is no reason to age this wine any longer. It will not improve. This was my last bottle from the case. With a perfect fill, it was also the best of the 12.

92 points - Tasted

Fully mature it offers scents of flowers, black fruits, coffee and licorice notes. This has more weight and body than the Haut Brion, but less complexity on the nose. On the palate the wine is medium to full bodied. Ripe fruit flavors in an elegant finish.

92 points - Tasted
1978Château  (Margaux)90 pts

The dull ruby color showed bricking in the color. The nose was filled with spice, earth, tar, leather, crushed stone and tobacco smoke. In the mouth, the wine showed some cassis with cranberry tartness and green flavors. This is probably in decline. There is no reason to hold this wine any longer. Drink up.

89 points - Tasted

A nose of earth, cassis, spices, black fruit and forest floor aromas. Nice palate presence, but the finish is not long or complex. Fully mature, this will not improve. I imagine it will remain at this level for a few more years before continuing to decline.

90 points - Tasted
1975Château  (Margaux)78 pts

Light, unripe, tannic and acidic, this rustic, tart, charmless wine was hard as well as hard to taste.

78 points - Tasted
1966Château  (Margaux)89 pts

Medium bodied, with more secondary notes of tobacco, cigar box, forest floor, wet earth and green pepper, than red fruit. Fully mature, fading, but not faded away, this wine need consumption.

87 points - Tasted

Holding tightly on to the little bit of fruit remaining here, this is more about the aged, secondary notes of tobacco, cedar wood, cigar box, wet earth, ash and bits of cherry that poke through the tertiary aromatics than the last vestiges of fruit. Strict and classic in style, the wine is medium bodied, with a sweet and tart, earthy, bright, red berry finish.

89 points - Tasted
1962Château  (Margaux)80 pts

1962 Chateau Margaux was not the star of the show. It was of a fading star. Its fruit was fading along with its charm. Earthy, smoky, tobacco and cranberry were most of what remained.

80 points - Tasted
1961Château  (Margaux)91 pts

With a spice filled nose, filled with cinnamon, all spice, cassis, truffle and earth, the wine had some rusticity in the otherwise, soft, earthy finish. There is no reason to age this hoping for further development.

90 points - Tasted

Smoke, leather, 5 spice, cassis, soy, earth, tobacco and forest floor aromas were easy to find. Fully mature, medium bodied with soft textures, this elegant Bordeaux wine finishes with spicy, earthy, cassis filled flavors.

91 points - Tasted
1959Château  (Margaux)93 pts

Medium bodied, elegant, finesse styled wine with an intoxicating, floral, earth, tobacco and sweet, red berry perfume. Soft, silky and graceful on the palate, the wine was effortless to drink. Fully mature, this is not a wine that warrants or probably appreciates further cellaring.

93 points - Tasted

I've tasted better of this in the past. But as you know, wines with almost 60 years of bottle age are always going to be variable. the fruit was fading, leaving you with an experience that was better in the tobacco, smoke, cherry, herb and earthy nose, than on the palate, where you could feel and taste it drying out. If you have a bottle, you should be drinking this wine, holding it longer, is not in your best interest.

88 points - Tasted

Brick and tea colored with light ruby accents, which is correct for the age, the aromatics offer cassis, strawberry jam, tobacco, lead pencil and earth. Medium bodied with soft, light textures finishing with sweet red cherries. Holding this any longer is pushing your luck.

92 points - Tasted

Another point of reference in the provenance is everything, as this bottle showed great! Tobacco, smoke, cigar wrapper, gravel, fennel, plums, cocoa and boysenberry scents open to a soft, ripe, medium/full bodied wine that finishes with elegant, ripe, plush textures, spicy plums and cassis. This was much better than the previous bottle tasted year.

92 points - Tasted

Smoke, tobacco, cassis, floral, earth, forest floor and truffle scents lead to a medium bodied wine that ends with a spice, cassis and cranberry filled finish. 1959 was not a stellar year for Chateau Margaux and like most tastings from a 750 ml bottle of this wine, this was past its prime. Large formast should offer a better tasting experience.

89 points - Tasted
1955Château  (Margaux)94 pts

Much better than the previous bottle tasted a few years back, which stands to reason, as bottles more than 20 years of age are quite variable. Silky in texture, with an earthy, cedar, dark red fruit and tobacco nose, the wine was past its peak drinking years, but still quite charming.

94 points - Tasted

The only people denying bigger is better, don’t have bigger to play with. 1955 Margaux in magnum is an impressive sight when placed on the table. Sadly, the wine did not live up to the visuals. Closing in on 60 years of age, the birck and ruby colored wine offered smoke, tobacco, truffle, spice, smoke, cassis and incense in the nose. Medium bodied and soft textured, the tired wine offered, light, silky cherries in the finish. Based on this bottle, I’d drink it sooner now if I had any as it’s only going to get worse.

89 points - Tasted
1953Château  (Margaux)98 pts

Smoke, tobacco, forest floor, tobacco, thyme and red plums play nicely with all the truffle nuances in the nose. The wine is full bodied, soft, and has depth, along with concentration, leaving you with beautiful, sweet, earthy, tobacco smoke. Young for its age, no decanting is needed, just pop and pour. This is what great, fully mature is all about!

96 points - Tasted

OK, so it's starting to fade. When I get to that age, I'll probably be starting to fade as well. But that did not detract from the complex aromas, with its molasses, brown sugar, earth, cherry blossom and cigar box scents. Soft, silky, elegant and polished, it's time to drink up as this delicate beauty is only going to continue slowly dropping fruit from here.

94 points - Tasted

Exotic floral perfume with spices, truffles, cassis and wet forest scents. But, to me, where the wine really takes off is on the palate… Like syrup of Margaux, this very concentrated, multi layered, opulent wine oozes over your mouth, tongue and every other taste receptor you can think of. This is so sexy, silky rich and dense. Dry Port is an apt descriptor. Utterly compelling wine. The wine continued improving in the glass for over an hour. It might have continued evolving if we were able to resist its charms for any longer.

98 points - Tasted

This brick tinted, ruby colored wine displayed a beautiful profile of strawberry jam, fresh raspberries, cedar chest and spice aromatics which were further propelled because of the red and black fruits. Interestingly, the wine displayed more red than black fruits. However, the star of the show was the amazing, silky, voluptuous mouth feel. Extremely elegant and sophisticated.

96 points - Tasted
1947Château  (Margaux)95 pts

With a beautiful nose offering a cornucopia of scents ranging from cigar smoke, truffle, wet earth, spice, cherry blossoms and tobacco, the wine pure, silk and velvet on the palate. While the lacked the concentration found in the top wines of the vintage, the opulent, sensuous personality nad purity of fruit more than made up for it. The finish was pure, ripe, sweet, red and black cherries.

95 points - Tasted
1934Château  (Margaux)90 pts

Well past its prime. Still, it was easy to enjoy the soft, sweet, red fruits, earth and spice notes, elegant, refined textures and sweet, tobacco tinged, red cherries and red plums in the finish. There is no reason to hold this wine any longer.

90 points - Tasted
1929Château  (Margaux)97 pts

Absolutely stunning in every sense of the word, the wine looked like a glass of tea, with bricks in it to make the color. This was pure silk and velvet, with the distinctive patina of age in its texture. Notes of cigar box, flowers and cherry blossoms, tobacco and pure sweet cherries filled your nose. The gentle, sweet, soft, spicy, red berry filled finish was a treat that really sticks with you. I might not ever see it again, but the memory will linger for years.

97 points - Tasted
1928Château  (Margaux)97 pts

Just a few weeks shy of its 90'th birthday, this bottle was incredible! The wine had intensity, concentrated and slightly tough or austere tannins, but the nose, with its floral, sweet, cherry pipe tobacco, incense, wet earth, cedar and herb scents knocked me out. Masculine, but regal, the wine didn't move much in the glass, it just softened a bit and allowed more of the sweet, red fruits to shine through the advanced patina of age.

97 points - Tasted

Red, brown hue. Stewed fruit, leather, soy and earthy scents dominated the perfume. Deeply concentrated, very powerful. Amazingly young for a wine close to 80 years old!

95 points - Tasted
1907Château  (Margaux)82 pts

One could argue that most of the fruit was gone, and the wine that remained was mostly tobacco and earth. But the texture showed class and the red fruits you did find had a softness to them, even though the flavors moved from red to tart. On the other hand, you should only hope to be in this good a condition as you approach 100 years of age.

82 points - Tasted

Much better on the nose than the palate with its complex, earthy, spice, smoke, tobacco, truffle, ash, forest floor and cigar box aromatics. The texture sported the patina of age with a gentle rustic texture, along with a spice, mineral and tart fruit finish that closer to cranberry than cassis. That being said, it was an honor to taste bottled history! How often do we get to taste wines that are over 100 years old? Served blind, even thought it clearly bereft of most of its fruit, I was sure it was decades younger.

74 points - Tasted
1900Château  (Margaux)100pts

With a perfume that was sensed from all four corners of the large, well appointed dining room, this legendary bottle of 1900 Chateau Margaux announced itself. Truffles, tobacco, floral, earth, sweet cherry and cedar aromatics bathed your nose. The wine offered a unique sensation, perfectly combining elegance, concentration and a light touch. Silk, satin and velvet textures played in your mouth, while ripe, spicy cherries, pipe tobacco, fresh strawberry and cassis flavors lingered on your palate. Everything was as it should be. This was my first experience with liquid history. With luck, it won’t be my last.

100 points - Tasted
1893Château  (Margaux)70 pts

Rust with orange in color, the wine offers. Tobacco, earth, orange peel, cranberry, smoke, charcoal with a lot of VA. Thin, bright, acidic, sharp and dry cherry in the finish. Who cares? Keeping things in the proper perspective, that was the year Lizze Borden chopped up her family with an ax, Thomas Edison began making silent movies, Grover Cleveland was president and Hawaii still had a queen! I’m tasting bottled history with this wine as it’s almost 120 years old! It’s an honor and privilege to hold the bottle, swirl and sip a wine that was made two centuries ago. This is a rare privilege I will never forget!

70 points - Tasted
1870Château  (Margaux)100pts

This was a taste of history drinking a Bordeaux wine that was produced shortly after the civil war ended! The color of tea, potent, earthy, truffle, spice, tea, leather and tobacco notes were only the first scents to arrive. This elegant, soft, polished wine ended with a parade of fresh, ripe strawberries and raspberries in a rich syrupy texture.

100 points - Tasted