1994 Margaux, Chateau Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 3L

  • WA 91
  • WS 90

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WA 91
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, January 2003
This largely forgotten vintage seems to have turned the corner in the last year or two. Because of strict selections made at the top chateaux the wines always had density but the level of tannin was frequently too high... This largely forgotten vintage seems to have turned the corner in the last year or two. Because of strict selections made at the top chateaux the wines always had density but the level of tannin was frequently too high and the type of tannin was more green and astringent. Chateau Margaux's 1994 has always been one of the candidates for the "wine of the vintage." The wine still has a dense plum/purple color and a big sweet nose of black fruits intermixed with licorice camphor vanilla and a hint of flowers. The wine is dense and powerful but the tannins have softened and do not seem as hard and intrusive as they did in the late nineties. This wine will last for decades and hopefully become even more seamless although it is hard to believe all the tannin will gradually dissipate. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2025. Last tasted 10/02. 91+
WS 90
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, January 1997
Not a big Margaux this is all in refinement. Pretty aromas of berries raspberries and toasted oak and warm flavors that build on your palate. Medium-bodied with fine well-integrated tannins and a caressing finish. Better... Not a big Margaux this is all in refinement. Pretty aromas of berries raspberries and toasted oak and warm flavors that build on your palate. Medium-bodied with fine well-integrated tannins and a caressing finish. Better in 1999.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Margaux
Vintage 1994

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Since the 17th Century, the grand vin of Chateau Margaux has been recognized as one of the greatest wines in the entire world. It owes its unique qualities to the genius of its terroir as well as to the passionate work of a succession of generations. It’s a remarkable wine that comes from a combination of characteristics that are only rarely found: finesse, elegance, complexity, density, intensity, length and freshness. Although its tannic concentration may be exceptional, it’s rare to detect astringency.

The great vintages are distinguished by their formidable ability to move us, while the lesser vintages give pleasure to wine enthusiasts. Chateau Margaux has an extraordinary ability to evolve with age, developing finesse, aromatic aromatic complexity, and a remarkable presence on the palate.

Winery

Margaux, Chateau

Chateau Margaux is a famous wine estate in the Medoc region, which along with Lafite, Latour and Haut Brion, was rated a First Growth in the original 1855 Bordeaux Classification. It covers 262 hectares, of which 82 hectares are planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc, and 12 hectares to Sauvignon Blanc.

In the 12th century, the property was called “La Mothe de Margaux” (the Margaux mound) and by the 16th century, wine was being produced at the estate. In 1705, the London Gazette advertised the first auction of 230 barrels of “Margose” and the 1771 vintage was the first “claret” to appear in a Christie’s catalogue. Indeed one of America’s Founding Fathers and vintner in his own right, Thomas Jefferson, visited this great estate in the late 18th century and declared it to be a vineyard of “first quality”. When Bertrand Douat, Marquis de la Colonilla, acquired the estate, he built the chateau that is often nicknamed the “Versailles of the Medoc”, a rare example of the neo-palladian style in France.

Andre Mentzelopoulos purchased the property in 1977, investing heavily in the estate and a program of improvements. Since his death in 1980, the property has been run by his daughter Corinne who continued his work in restoring the chateau to its former glory.