2009 Margaux, Chateau Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 750ML

  • JS 100
  • IWC 100
  • WA 99
  • WE 98
  • NM 98
  • WS 97

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JS 100
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, February 2012
The nose is out of this world with lilacs currants blackberries and blueberries. Full-bodied with super silky tannins and savory fruit and amazing flavors of fine leather blueberries and sandalwood. The quality of the... The nose is out of this world with lilacs currants blackberries and blueberries. Full-bodied with super silky tannins and savory fruit and amazing flavors of fine leather blueberries and sandalwood. The quality of the tannins are amazing with creamy texture and bright acidity on the end. Such classic and classicism. Delicacy. Lasts for minutes on the palate. This is 13.2% alcohol. Best Margaux in bottle yet.will 2010 be as great? Try it in 2020.
IWC 100
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, May 2010
(IWC97-100 points) Good full ruby-red. Pure, ripe aromas of cassis, graphite and cedar, lifted by floral and mineral high notes. Dense and amazingly concentrated yet light on its feet, with compelling, extremely pure... (IWC97-100 points) Good full ruby-red. Pure, ripe aromas of cassis, graphite and cedar, lifted by floral and mineral high notes. Dense and amazingly concentrated yet light on its feet, with compelling, extremely pure flavors of spicy blackcurrant, tobacco leaf and minerals. The extremely long, slow-building and wonderfully fine-grained finish offers an exhilarating combination of power and sweetness. This comes across as quite backward today yet is anything but austere. A real essence of Margaux's great terroir, and one of my favorite wines of the vintage. As I walked to the parking lot with Pontallier after the tasting, he said to me, "If people don't think this is one of the greatest wines I have ever made, then it means I haven't really understood anything in the last 30 years spent making wine." - Ian D'Agata
WA 99
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, March 2012
A brilliant offering from the Mentzelopoulos family once again their gifted manager Paul Pontallier has produced an uncommonly concentrated powerful 2009 Chateau Margaux made from 87% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest... A brilliant offering from the Mentzelopoulos family once again their gifted manager Paul Pontallier has produced an uncommonly concentrated powerful 2009 Chateau Margaux made from 87% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest primarily Merlot with small amounts of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. As with most Medocs the alcohol here is actually lower (a modest 13.3%) than most of its siblings-. Abundant blueberry cassis and acacia flower as well as hints of charcoal and forest floor aromas that are almost Burgundian in their complexity are followed by a wine displaying sweet well-integrated tannins as well as a certain ethereal lightness despite the wine-s overall size. Rich round generous and unusually approachable for such a young Margaux this 2009 should drink well for 30-35+ years.
WE 98
Wine Enthusiast - Wine Enthusiast, February 2012
A massive wine for Margaux packed with tannins and ripe fruit. It has more Cabernet Sauvignon than usual giving intense black currant flavors with enticing acidity balanced by the sweetness of the fruit. Ripe swathes of... A massive wine for Margaux packed with tannins and ripe fruit. It has more Cabernet Sauvignon than usual giving intense black currant flavors with enticing acidity balanced by the sweetness of the fruit. Ripe swathes of this opulent fruit are also elegant and structured. R.V.
NM 98
Neal Martin's Wine Journal - Neal Martin's Wine Journal, July 2013
Served blind at the Southwold 2009 tasting. The Margaux '09 has stunning precision and focus on the nose: classic Pauillac with blackberry, crushed stone, a sense of Alpine freshness. Vivacious and penetrating, this is a... Served blind at the Southwold 2009 tasting. The Margaux '09 has stunning precision and focus on the nose: classic Pauillac with blackberry, crushed stone, a sense of Alpine freshness. Vivacious and penetrating, this is a bouquet that stops you in your tracks. The palate is medium-bodied with sweet ripe blackberry and briary fruit, struck through with citrus lemon and orange zest. The finish is confident and exuberant, lingering for at least a minute in the mouth.
WS 97
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, January 2014
This offers gorgeously caressing fruit, with steeped plum, blackberry and red currant notes, finely embroidered with accents of rooibos and black tea, tobacco leaf, alder and sandalwood. Delivers loads of fruit, with the... This offers gorgeously caressing fruit, with steeped plum, blackberry and red currant notes, finely embroidered with accents of rooibos and black tea, tobacco leaf, alder and sandalwood. Delivers loads of fruit, with the structure already melded into the core of fruit—but that's the vintage style. A stunner, though I still find the '10 a full step ahead.—Non-blind Château Margaux vertical (December 2013). Best from 2018 through 2035. – JM
JJB 99
Alex Lallos - JJ Buckley, March 2010
A blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon 9% Merlot 2% Cabernet Franc 2% Petit Verdot. A mere 36% of the estate's production made it into the Grand Vin this year. Super concentrated it exhibits a dark but not `inky' red core with... A blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon 9% Merlot 2% Cabernet Franc 2% Petit Verdot. A mere 36% of the estate's production made it into the Grand Vin this year. Super concentrated it exhibits a dark but not `inky' red core with a substantially brighter red rim. Powerful nose of sweet mocha chocolate blueberry cassis and liquor followed by fresh bright raspberry crushed flowers and ripe red currant. It is so soft throughout showing both power and elegance. The tannins are ever present but round and velvety. This Margaux shows the purity of the vintage and the hallmark freshness that the best 09s possess. An absolutely stunning wine from start to finish .
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Margaux
Vintage 2009

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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.