Chateau Margaux


Chateau Margaux

Wine Team New York |

A First Growth of timeless appeal, Château Margaux has been a favorite of English aristocrats, presidents and prime ministers, and early claret connoisseurs like Thomas Jefferson, who in 1787 placed it among the top four wines of Bordeaux – an assessment that still holds true centuries later.

The neo-Palladian architecture of the château – nicknamed the Versailles of the Médoc – reflects the classical disposition of this wine, balancing clarity of expression with layers of nuance. Our collection represents the pinnacle performance of Château Margaux across seven vintages in the last twenty years. Several releases are available in rare large-format bottlings, including double-magnums and 6L bottles that would be crown jewel items in any cellar.

Greek tycoon André Mentzelopoulos’s acquisition of the property in 1977 set off a period of modern revival. The quality at Château Margaux took another massive leap forward when Andre’s daughter Corrine installed the late, legendary technical director Paul Pontallier, who instituted a systematic approach to farming and elevated the focus on terroir.

Today, director Philippe Bascaules and technical director Sebastian Vergne have achieved remarkably balanced expressions of Cabernet Sauvignon, putting Château Margaux in the running for the wine of the vintage year after year.

2019 proves that the estate’s gravel soils can produce showstopping richness without sacrificing Margaux’s trademark poise, while 2018 conceals exquisite structure behind an almost flamboyant show of velvet-textured luxury. 2017 and 2016 are both wines of formidable intensity and taut refinement, showcasing the aromatic fireworks for which Margaux is so well known.

Drawing deeper into the archives, wines from 2005, 2008 and 2012 have begun disclosing gorgeous notes of maturing claret such as graphite and pipe tobacco, softening into the harmonious beauty that can be expected from nearly every vintage of this benchmark estate.

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