2015 Chateau Margaux Bordeaux Blend

Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
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DC 100 JS 100 JD 100 JL 100 WE 100 NM 99 WA 99 WS 99 TWI 98 JR 96
DC 100

Decanter, November 2017

Château Margaux's grand vin accounts for 35% of production in this vintage. It stood out as a potential wine of the vintage during en primeur and it is more than living up to its promise. The concentration is stunning...
JS 100

jamessuckling.com, October 2019

This is a haunting young wine that shows you a subtle and hidden strength on the nose with rose petals, currants, currant leaves, stones and plums. Wonderful ripeness yet brightness, too. Takes your breath away with the...
JD 100

jebdunnuck.com, November 2017

The grand vin is the 2015 Château Margaux and it’s as good a wine as I’ve ever tasted. Coming from just over one-third of the total production and a blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and the...
JL 100

TheWineCellarInsider.com, May 2018

Deep, shiny, dark ruby in color, this rocks as soon as the wine is out of the gate, or should I say out of the bottle and into your glass. Cherry blossoms and lilacs make it seem as though you are in a flower shop. On the...
WE 100

Wine Enthusiast, April 2018

Predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon, this wine shows a wonderful black-currant purity on the palate, along with intense, vibrant acidity. The background is all tannin, which speaks to its aging potential. This wine is the...
NM 99

Neal Martin's Wine Journal, March 2018

The 2015 Chateau Margaux was the final vintage under Paul Pontallier before his untimely passing in April 2017 and a specially engraved bottle has been made to honor the gentleman that did so much for this first growth...
WA 99

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, February 2018

The 2015 Chateau Margaux is a blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. Medium garnet-purple colored, the nose features oh-so-seductive notes of warm blackberries, cassis and black...
WS 99

Wine Spectator, March 2018

Sublime, with captivating sandalwood, black tea and mesquite aromas that infuse the core of gently steeped red and black currant and raspberry fruit. The structure is seamless and thoroughly embedded throughout, letting...
TWI 98

The Wine Independent, November 2022

Chateau Margaux 2015 has a blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Petit Verdot and is deep garnet in color. It is very closed and shy to begin, eventually opening out to beautiful warm...
JR 96

Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages, April 2016

(19/20) Great breadth and savour on the nose. Lovely freshness and sophistication. Lots of fine tannins. Very aérien. Really flies! Perfect Margaux. A great welcome for the new chai and memorial for Paul Pontallier...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Margaux
Vintage 2015
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 14%
Closure Cork

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.

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.

The 2015 Chateau Margaux is a Bordeaux blend comprising 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Petit Verdot. This red wine from France's Bordeaux region, specifically Margaux, has garnered significant acclaim from wine critics. It is bottled in a special commemorative bottle honoring late winemaker Paul Pontellier, with the message “Hommage à Paul Pontellier” etched in gold.

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate awarded the wine a score of 99, praising its "oh-so-seductive notes of warm blackberries, cassis and black forest cake" and highlighting its "tightly knit and a little reticent" nature at this youthful stage. Lisa Perrotti-Brown notes that the wine will benefit from at least 15 years in the cellar to truly open up.

Jeff Leve from The Wine Cellar Insider gave the wine a perfect score of 100, describing it as "rich, full-bodied and concentrated, yet light on its feet." Leve emphasizes the wine's "sensuous, textural quality" and its "purity in the fruit that is off the hook," making it an unforgettable experience.

Jeb Dunnuck also rated it 100, calling it "as good a wine as I’ve ever tasted." He notes its "thrilling bouquet of crème de cassis, toasted spice, hints of toasty oak, and cedar wood," and highlights its elegance, depth, richness, and structure. Dunnuck suggests cellaring the wine for at least a decade for optimal enjoyment.

Wine Spectator's J.M. awarded the wine 99 points, lauding its "captivating sandalwood, black tea and mesquite aromas" and a "seamless" structure that promises a haunting finish when the wine reaches full maturity around 2030.

James Suckling described this vintage as "a new legend for Margaux," scoring it 100 points. He noted its "subtle and hidden strength" with aromas of "rose petals, currants, currant leaves, stones and plums," describing the wine as "full-bodied, powerful and muscular."

Wine Enthusiast also rated it 100 points, emphasizing its "wonderful black-currant purity" and "intense, vibrant acidity." The publication highlights its aging potential, recommending it be enjoyed from 2027 onwards.

Neal Martin's Wine Journal commended its "incredibly perfumed bouquet" and "nuanced" character, awarding it 99 points. Martin describes the wine as a "long-term Château Margaux that will give pleasure for many decades."

Jancis Robinson scored the wine 96, noting its "lovely freshness and sophistication" with "lots of fine tannins." Robinson describes it as "very classic claret" and "beautiful."

Decanter gave the wine another perfect score of 100, appreciating its "stunning concentration" and "dense silkiness to the tannins." The review mentioned the wine's "opulence" and "aromatic acrobatics," making it a classic Margaux to savor over the long term.

Lastly, The Wine Independent rated it 98, mentioning its "beautiful warm cassis, black raspberries, and notes of dried mulberries" and its "rich and seductive" palate.

Overall, the 2015 Chateau Margaux is a highly acclaimed wine, noted for its complexity, elegance, and long-term aging potential. With multiple perfect scores, it's a testament to the legacy of Paul Pontellier.