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| ||Tasted by Happy Sommelier on 7/23/2015 & rated 86 points: Wine purchased en primeur and stored in a eurocave untouched since purchase in 2002. Cork in perfect condition.|
Wine colour has retained an impressive darkened ruby red which excited us as we poured. Our excitement quickly waned however with tasking. Acidity dominated in the mouth as fruit diminished dramatically since my previous tasting of 5 years past. Typically refined aromatics and flavours of black fruit in the mouth were clearly present but off balanced against acidity that had the upper hand. This second wine of Margaux was meant for early consumption and that is quite clear. (320 views)
| ||Tasted by dharrison93 on 7/23/2015 & rated 92 points: deep ruby/garnet with minimal sediment, this wine is fully mature|
Consistent with my previous note on this wine; wonderfully complex nose of black cherry, berries, date and spice.
Complex and fantastic tasting with long finish.
Drink up if you enjoy claret for the fruit (357 views)
| ||Tasted by well-red on 7/5/2015 & rated 91 points: The wine looks ruby colored. The legs are slow. There is no sediment in the bottle. It smells like mineral and blackberry. The body is full. The wine has fleshy texture. The wine finishes long. The wine has medium acidity. (676 views)|
| ||Tasted by olalar on 6/22/2015 & rated 91 points: Needed about 1h to wake up. Beautiful smell of red fruit, cigar box and forest floor. The smell is reflected in the taste. Very elegant, balanced and with a medium long after taste. Really really good now and no need to wait longer. (648 views)|
| ||Tasted by postiglioni on 6/10/2015: Initial nose of coffee, stewed plums, and macerated sour cherry. Juicy acidity on the palate with brooding black plum fruit and hints of herbaciousness. (839 views)|
| ||Tasted by firstgrowth on 5/2/2015 & rated 87 points: Smooth, but flat (1266 views)|
| ||Tasted by Anonymous on 4/16/2015 & rated 91 points: Still quite youthful in both color and taste. Primary, with only some hints of leather and earth. Detailed, with fine grained tannins and a great, silky mouth feel. The cassis fruit was deep and mouth coating. The finish trailed off a bit too soon, but this was beautiful overall. (1411 views)|
| ||Tasted by phil the agony on 4/12/2015 & rated 92 points: Moi et Didi on se croyait en Côte-Rôtie pour le nez mais en bouche...c'est Bordeaux que Didi a callé !|
Deuxième fois avec ce vin..(selon CT est mes notes sont tellement confuses!!)
Bleuets et fruits rouges.
En bouche c'est très beau et bien long.Mais tellement différent de qu'on avais bu avant.
La robe est tellement bordeaux par contre.D'une jeunesse dans le style de Jeannine Sutto.
Il va vivre encore pendant facilement 10-15 ans.
Il est sur la pente montante....pas loin du plateau et il va y surfer longtemps après.
92 pts + (1293 views)
| ||Tasted by cabber on 2/26/2015 & rated 91 points: Bordeaux 2000: Left Bank v. Right Bank (Manhattan Beach, CA): A little heat on this one. Earth notes, bright fruit, acidity. (1925 views)|
| ||Tasted by d'Artagnan on 1/16/2015 & rated 92 points: Bordeaux 2000: dégustation horizontale (Restaurant Tandem): Un beau nez mais discret|
Belle fraicheur, un vin assez viril avec de la structure, qui m'amène à Pauillac (une soirée d'humilité!). Fin, dans un style évoquant Pontet-Canet. Pas le plus profond, mais un équilibre impeccable. Encore jeune. 92+ pts (2244 views)
| ||Tasted by dharrison93 on 1/10/2015 & rated 93 points: Given a brief decant and served|
This wine was fully mature.
The nose was an explosive knit of dark fruit with black cherries and raspberry playing harmony on a cigar box stage.
Tasting confirmed perfect balance and integration of fruit, tannin and acid with the slightest whiff of licorice.
The finish was a full 15 seconds.
On this evening drinking splendidly and rated 93 points. Highly recommended.
This is exactly the type of wine which supports the notion that 2nd wines in great vintages are terrific value (1690 views)
| ||Tasted by cannym on 1/1/2015 & rated 92 points: My goodness, what a difference a year (or two) makes. This is really singing now. Much more open, lovely complex nose of cedar, black currant, plum and soy. The descriptor velvety tannins is made for this. Fine acidity, decent length. Beautiful wine, now into its window. Lacks concentration and length of its big sister but a very fine drop of claret. And partnered a fine bit of mature Scottish fillet very well indeed. (1700 views)|
| ||Tasted by twinmaple on 12/24/2014 & rated 88 points: Tough to rate. To my palate, a bit past peak. Rich dark fruits, cedar, mild to moderate tannin. Layered and rich, but with a creeping acidity and mild old funk. Either "classic" or declining. YMMV. (1691 views)|
| ||Tasted by rustyRudy on 12/13/2014 & rated 93 points: Seems to be fully mature and ready to go. Grilled herbs, black cherry, soy and savory notes in the mid-palate with a long finish. Did evolve over several hours. Very nice bottle! (1785 views)|
| ||Tasted by Anonymous on 12/8/2014 & rated 93 points: The bouquet tells it all: Beautiful wine! Cassis, cedar, luxurious oak, coffee, tobacco. Great! Everything comes back on the palate, beautiful acidity and tannin as well with still a pleasant bite. The wine is completely ready now and will offer great drinking between now and 2018 or 2019. 92 or 93? (1553 views)|
| ||Tasted by firstgrowth on 11/5/2014 & rated 90 points: A little weak; better next day. (1897 views)|
| ||Tasted by wallstreet on 10/17/2014: never disappoints. Wine is ready for prime time and doesn't appear tired in any way. (1909 views)|
| ||Tasted by Loren Sonkin on 10/6/2014 & rated 92 points: Italians, 2nd Labels of 1st Growths, 95 Prum, +; 10/5/2014-10/6/2014 (Our favorite Italian Place): Slow-ox for 4 hours. The nose is very nice. Perfumed with cassis and slight earthy notes. Very pretty. Elegant on the palate. Seems to be mature if not quite at peak. Nice layering. Good fruit left. Soft texture. Delicious. (2289 views)|
| ||Tasted by Rogershkg on 7/10/2014 & rated 91 points: Soft, easy drinking. Ready for drinking but by no means over the top.|
Good dark fruit nose but by no means very strong. Medium length well balanced fruit, tannins seem to be soft and have probably waned (2797 views)
| ||Tasted by cab blends on 5/2/2014 & rated 89 points: AHA Heart's Delight Vintners Dinner - Chateau Margaux (Washington DC): Still brash and young with heavy tannins 7/10. Not a favorite for me. The Cab Franc and Verdot seem to be clashing in a feisty finish. (3499 views)|
| ||Tasted by jswine15 on 4/14/2014 & rated 90 points: Never developed the full depth of flavor promised by the nose. over the course of 2 hours we drank it, decanted...it clearly improved by still very tight at the end. Needs more time (3083 views)|
| ||Tasted by Eags25 on 4/5/2014 & rated 94 points: Fantastic. Great nose of dark fruits, currants, minerals and cedar/oak. Plush mouthfeel, well integrated black-cherry fruit and long finish. Love it. (3055 views)|
| ||Tasted by Tenuta Stefan on 4/4/2014 & rated 90 points: Perfect bottle. Top fill. Stored at constant 19 degrees celsius for 10 years.|
Carmine red, still quite young. A bit of sediment.
Lots of red fruit, but also lots of oak. It is too early to open this bottle.
A hint of chocolate, coffee and herbs. But the red fruit and oak is dominant here.
I tried this wine over 20 h and it needs to be decanted several hours. For me it is at its best after + 16h. I have the top of the decanter sealed.
Lovely acidity, but the tannins are to tough and robust at this moment. There is no balance for now, but I'm sure this wine will come around within 10 years. It is not a Grand Vin and it is far from Ch Margaux 2000, but I bet this will be a lovely wine between 2024 - 2040.
Quite short finish, but after the tannins "disappear" there is a nice taste of wild strawberries and cherries left for a while.
I must say I expected a little bit more.
But this wine will probably get a higher score next time I try this. (2854 views)
| ||Tasted by capacious on 2/17/2014 & rated 94 points: Round, immediately pleasing on PNP- elicited wows around the table and caused a pause. Surprised all and some who saw label from a distance said - what do we expect from a Chateau Margaux till they saw its the Pavillon and then the wows were wowed. This is what buying, being patient, and then being blown away is why wine is so fascinating. (3162 views)|
| ||Tasted by Villon on 12/22/2013 & rated 92 points: Riche, évolué et délicat, très margaux. (2823 views)|
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|By Jancis Robinson, MW|
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|By Richard Jennings|
(Pavillon Rouge du Château Margaux) Bricking very dark red violet color; lovely, mature, tart cassis, tart currant, blackberry nose; tasty, maturing, tart berry, blackberry, tart currant palate; will go 10 years; medium-plus finish 92 points
|By Chris Kissack|
Winedoctor, November 2006
(Pavillon Rouge du Chateau Margaux Margaux) This is dark and glossy, with a deep core showing good concentration out to a claretty-pink rim. Still showing its youth on the nose, with barrel-derived aromas of toffee and toasted oak which dominate the fruit. Clearly this remains very embryonic. Full and unsurprisingly sweetly creamy on entry, smothered in toasty oak, but with lots of structure beneath this superficial layer. Deep, slightly brawny fruit character, very high quality, with a tannic finish. Still so young, but with great potential. 17.5+ points
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This is the second wine of Château Margaux
Red Bordeaux Blend Read about the grapes used to produce Bordeaux The variety Red Bordeaux Blend in CellarTracker implies any blend using any or all of the five traditional Bordeaux varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. As such, this is used worldwide, whether for wines from Bordeaux, Meritages from California and Canada, some Super-Tuscan wines etc.
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History of Bordeaux
History of 1855 Bordeaux Classification
Médoc Vins du Médoc (Conseil des Vins du Médoc) - Read More about the Medoc
The eight precisely defined appellations of the whole of the Médoc (from Blanquefort Brook to the north of the Bordeaux built-up area, almost to the Pointe de Grave) may claim the Médoc appellation. But there is also a specific territory in the north of the peninsula which produces exclusively wines with this appellation. In the great majority, the Médocs come from the north of the peninsula. The great individuality of this region is that the number of vines has increased more recently here than elsewhere, apart from a few isolated spots where vines have grown for many years. Today, the size of the small estate has brought about the development of a powerful co-operative movement. Four co-operatives out of five belong to the group called Unimédoc which ensures aging, bottling and marketing a large proportion of their wines.
Margaux Read more about Margaux and its wines As with a large part of the Bordeaux vineyards, vines first appeared in Margaux during the Gallo-Roman period.
In 1705 a text mentions Château Margaux . But we have to wait for the end of the eighteenth century and the coming of the earliest techniques in aging for the concept of wines of high quality to develop. The confirmation of this was the famous 1855 classification which recognized 21 Crus Classés in the Margaux appellation. One hundred years later, the Viticultural Federation and the Margaux appellation of controlled origin were born. The appellation, which stretches out over five communes, is actually unique in the Médoc in that it is the only one to contain all the range of wines, as rich as they are vast, from First Great Cru Classé to the Fifths, not forgetting its famous Crus Bourgeois and its Crus Artisans.
In Margaux there is a predominance of Garonne gravel on a central plateau of about 4 miles in length and one and a quarter wide. To the east-south-east, it overlooks the low lying land by the estuary. Its east side is marked by gentle, dry valleys and a succession of ridges.The layer of gravel in Margaux was spread out by a former Garonne in the early Quaternary. Rather large in size, it is mingled with shingle of average dimension and represents the finest ensemble of Günz gravel in the Haut-Médoc. It is on this ancient layer on a Tertiary terrace of limestone or clayey marl that the best Médoc crus lie. All the conditions for successful wine are present : a large amount of gravel and pebbles, poor soil which cannot retain water and deep rooted vines.
It is customary to say that Margaux wines are the "most feminine" in the Médoc, thus stressing their delicacy, suppleness and their fruity, elegant aromas. This does not affect their great propensity for aging; just the opposite, for the relatively thin terroir imparts tannins which give them long life. The other characteristic of these wines which combine an elegant vitality, subtlety and consistency, is their diversity and personality. Over and above the flavour which is their "common denominator", they present an exceptional palette of bouquets, fruity flavours which show up differently from one château to another.
Production conditions (Decree dated August 10 1954)
In order to have the right to the Margaux appellation of controlled origin, red wines must:
- come from the commune of Margaux, Cantenac, Soussans, Arsac and Labarde, "excluding the land which by the nature of its soil or because of its situation, is unfit to produce wine of this appellation".
- satisfy precise production conditions: grape-varieties (Cabernet-Sauvignon, Cabernet-Franc, Carmenère, Merlot Noir, Petit Verdot, Cot or Malbec), minimum of sugar (178 grammes - 6.27 oz. - per litre of must) degree (an acquired 10°5) base yield (45 hectolitres per hectare).