2000 Margaux, Chateau Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 375ML

  • WA 100
  • WS 100
  • IWC 98

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WA 100
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, June 2010
Absolutely compelling in two tastings of this vintage the 2000 Margaux is composed of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot. The extraordinary seductiveness complex aromatics and purity it exhibits lead me to believe it... Absolutely compelling in two tastings of this vintage the 2000 Margaux is composed of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot. The extraordinary seductiveness complex aromatics and purity it exhibits lead me to believe it has reached its window of full maturity. Medium-bodied with layers of concentration stunning blue red and black fruits intermixed with spring flowers a subtle dosage of new oak and a distinctive personality that is elegant while at the same time powerful and substantial this is a multi-dimensional wine that was extremely approachable and drinkable in both tastings I had of it. The color remains a healthy even opaque bluish/purple but there is no reason to hesitate to drink it. It should evolve for another 30-40 years so there is no hurry either.
WS 100
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, July 2003
Muscular yet classy. Breathtaking aromas of black licorice violets berry and cherry with light hints of spices and minerals. It's all there in the nose. Full-bodied with an ultrafine tannin structure and a finish that... Muscular yet classy. Breathtaking aromas of black licorice violets berry and cherry with light hints of spices and minerals. It's all there in the nose. Full-bodied with an ultrafine tannin structure and a finish that goes on for minutes. This may turn out even better than 1995 due to its layers and layers of fine tannins and fruit but I can't give more than 100 points. Best after 2015. -JS
IWC 98
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, May 2003
Full ruby-red. Penetrating highly perfumed aromas of sappy dark berries violet and minerals; seems less oaky today than the '01. Offers compelling mouthfilling concentration and perfume. A wine of great power and... Full ruby-red. Penetrating highly perfumed aromas of sappy dark berries violet and minerals; seems less oaky today than the '01. Offers compelling mouthfilling concentration and perfume. A wine of great power and consistency with a pungent minerality lingering on the palate-staining finish. This somehow doesn't flag or grow narrower even after one swallows or spits. Makes the 2002 seem almost dry in comparison. Wine-of-the-vintage material.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Margaux
Vintage 2000

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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.