1999 Margaux, Chateau Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 375ML
  • WA 95
  • WS 93
  • IWC 93

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WA 95
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, October 2016
The 1999 Chateau Margaux has been the standout First Growth since I first tasted the wine from barrel. Now reaching its plateau of maturity, it has an understated nose at first, armed with impressive mineralité with a... The 1999 Chateau Margaux has been the standout First Growth since I first tasted the wine from barrel. Now reaching its plateau of maturity, it has an understated nose at first, armed with impressive mineralité with a gorgeous graphite seam. The definition and precision here is top class. The palate is medium-bodied and smooth in texture, very harmonious and assured, surprisingly with some new oak still to be fully assimilated into the wine. The signature Margaux traits of crushed black cherries and violets comes through towards the finish, suggestions of raspberry reserve and desiccated orange peel enhancing the long finish. Perhaps I might temper my initial enthusiasm for the 1999 Château Margaux...but only slightly. It comes highly recommended. Tasted May 2016. - Neal Martin
WS 93
Wine Spectator, March 2010
Offers decadent aromas of walnut raspberry and mulberry. Very complex. Full-bodied with an earthy lightly vanilla berry coffee bean and floral flavor. Refined and caressing. Very very subtle. Why wait?-'89/'99 Bordeaux... Offers decadent aromas of walnut raspberry and mulberry. Very complex. Full-bodied with an earthy lightly vanilla berry coffee bean and floral flavor. Refined and caressing. Very very subtle. Why wait?-'89/'99 Bordeaux blind retrospective (2009). Drink now. 16665 cases made. -JS
IWC 93
Stephen Tanzer's IWC, May 2002
...Expressive aromas of black raspberry Cuban tobacco and grilled nuts; a bit more red fruit in character than either the 2000 or the 2001. Silky seamless and enveloping but the wine's excellent vinosity gives its creamy... ...Expressive aromas of black raspberry Cuban tobacco and grilled nuts; a bit more red fruit in character than either the 2000 or the 2001. Silky seamless and enveloping but the wine's excellent vinosity gives its creamy fruit very good definition. Consistent from start to finish. Tannins are substantial but fine allowing the fruit and floral flavors to linger impressively. Along with Latour an early candidate for the wine of the vintage.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Margaux
Vintage 1999

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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.