2008 Margaux, Chateau Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 1.5L

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  • WA 94
  • JS 94
  • IWC 93
  • WS 91

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WE 96
Wine Enthusiast - Wine Enthusiast, April 2011
Definite richness alongside classic elegance. It's a stylish wine the fruit integrated into a beautiful structure. It's not all refinement because there is also a weight to the black plum skin and dark berry character. A... Definite richness alongside classic elegance. It's a stylish wine the fruit integrated into a beautiful structure. It's not all refinement because there is also a weight to the black plum skin and dark berry character. A wine that will age over many decades. R.V.
WA 94
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, May 2011
This is a stunning Chateau Margaux made in a sexy up-front elegant style with deep creme de cassis fruit intermixed with spring flowers a solid inner core of richness and depth but again very sweet tannins as well as... This is a stunning Chateau Margaux made in a sexy up-front elegant style with deep creme de cassis fruit intermixed with spring flowers a solid inner core of richness and depth but again very sweet tannins as well as striking minerality and elegance. One of the most seductive Chateau Margauxs given its recent bottling this blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon 10% Merlot and the rest tiny quantities of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot should drink beautifully for the next 25-30 years. Remarkably a mere 36% of the entire production was selected for the 2008 Chateau Margaux.
JS 94
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, December 2010
This is so subtle and refined on the nose with amazing perfumes of rose petal blueberries and blackberries. Full but very tight and fresh with a lovely length that goes on and on. Starts off slowly with a solid core of... This is so subtle and refined on the nose with amazing perfumes of rose petal blueberries and blackberries. Full but very tight and fresh with a lovely length that goes on and on. Starts off slowly with a solid core of fruit then grows denser and denser. This is shy at first needs at leat five years of bottle age.
IWC 93
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, July 2011
Deep ruby. Complex nose melds blackberry minerals bitter chocolate graphite and violet. Suave and deep on entry then fresh and alive in the middle palate with compelling sweetness and intensity to the black cherry smoky... Deep ruby. Complex nose melds blackberry minerals bitter chocolate graphite and violet. Suave and deep on entry then fresh and alive in the middle palate with compelling sweetness and intensity to the black cherry smoky mineral and tobacco flavors. The smooth finish is long intense and irresistible. At once serious and sexy.
WS 91
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, April 2011
A tangy style with lots of grilled herb dried bay leaf and damson plum notes laced with extra roasted cedar and mesquite on the finish. Opens slowly very slowly to show more layers of flesh mulled cherry and spice with a... A tangy style with lots of grilled herb dried bay leaf and damson plum notes laced with extra roasted cedar and mesquite on the finish. Opens slowly very slowly to show more layers of flesh mulled cherry and spice with a lingering sanguine note developing on the finish. Needs patience. Best from 2013 through 2019. -J.M.
JJB 93
David Derby - JJ Buckley, April 2009
87% Cabernet Sauvignon; 10% Merlot; 1.5% of Cab Franc & Petite Verdot each. Only a third of the harvest went into the final selection of their top wine. Margaux got it right in 2008 showing that with sacrifice fine wine... 87% Cabernet Sauvignon; 10% Merlot; 1.5% of Cab Franc & Petite Verdot each. Only a third of the harvest went into the final selection of their top wine. Margaux got it right in 2008 showing that with sacrifice fine wine was made. Classic notes of violets and lavender showing a supple rich dense mid-palate. While the finish is long pronounced and pleasant.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Margaux
Vintage 2008

Label

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.