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| ||Tasted by Patnman on 1/31/2016 & rated 85 points: Waited too long, nothing left to enjoy about this wine. Only some minor earth on nose but zero palate. (320 views)|
| ||Tasted by Pearboy on 1/18/2016 & rated 90 points: Quite a disappointment. Dark and muddy. Perhaps I drank it too soon. (590 views)|
| ||Tasted by tcosgriff on 1/3/2016 & rated 91 points: Still at the holiday edge, we were enjoying my daughter's short ribs and mushroom risotto, a perfect match for a Bordeaux. The wine had a purple color with just a hint of brown at the rim. On first opening, it was very acidic and tannic, but after a short time, it developed very good balance and definition. It had a very intense bouquet and flavor of bell pepper, making it instantly recognizable as a Cabernet Sauvignon, and probably an old world wine. It had a long finish. |
I am not a big fan of wines that are so overtly bell pepper. I much prefer wines where the herbal character is muted and softened (think Leonetti) or has been partly or entirely replaced by fruit, most often cassis (think Screaming Eagle), or by very special flavors, such as lead pencil (think Lafite Rothschild), or become all sweet tobacco, the frequent fate of older wines made with this grape (think Haut Brion as a pinnacle example). (808 views)
| ||Tasted by galewskj on 1/1/2016 & rated 93 points: New Years Even 2015 (Kevin and Vicki's): I don't know the decant time. Drank a glass over an hour. Great old world aged Bordeaux. Slight funk, lots of earth, leather, cedar box. The finish ends on a pepper note. (843 views)|
| ||Tasted by rocknroller on 12/31/2015 & rated 92 points: New Years Eve Celebration (Rocknroller's (Kevin & Vicki's Place)): Very dark red color. Decanted for about 2.5hrs with a couple additional hours slow-O. This was wonderful, continuing to open on the glass, dusty, dry earth, funk, pencil lead, floral perfume, cassis. The palate is medium full bodied, cassis, pencil, a touch of funk and earth, black raspberry, mouth watering acidity, great tannins with some nice grip to them, long finish. Great stuff. Still youthful and clearly needs air, but really good now if decanted. My and group WOTN. 92+ to 93pts. (906 views)|
| ||Tasted by FoodieTraveler on 12/24/2015 & rated 94 points: Sad that was my last bottle. But it was perfect. (915 views)|
| ||Tasted by Viking 61 on 12/16/2015 & rated 94 points: Drinking great with no tannin's, and plenty of dark integrated fruit that washes over the palate like an ocean wave that slowly recedes. (866 views)|
| ||Tasted by grossie on 11/21/2015 & rated 94 points: This one is gorgeous! Sensual perfumed nose with a hint of charcoal and a slight sense that the fruit might be turning a little pruney. In the mouth this explodes with rich ripe fruit, mineral, and again that hint of charcoal. It finishes so well, I gave an "oh wow" multiple times while I was drinking this on my own doing my quarterly quickbooks catch up (my secret is out). I'm not sure how much more I could ask of this. I have 3 more, they're worth drinking over the next 2-3 years but I'm sure they'll last longer. (1064 views)|
| ||Tasted by rossi.wine on 11/5/2015 & rated 91 points: Quite dark and glossy still with only the slightest signs of discolouration around the rim. Expressive and open on the nose, perfumed and floral, dark berry fruit, sweet spices, tobacco, smoke. Fresh with good fruit and slightly drying tannins on the palate, open, enjoyable and long. Very good and drinking well, but not the most intense nor complex. Drink or hold. 90-92 (1516 views)|
| ||Tasted by Diane (LI) on 11/1/2015: When I first opened this bottle, it was flat. There was nothing on the nose nor the palate. I poured it into a wide decanter while we enjoyed our white with cheese. We got to this bottle about an hour later and, while it still was not showing much, with vigorous swirling, some cherry was showing but still not easy to get a read on it. I opened another red to give this Margaux more time, and voila, it came to life. A delicate and elegant wine with plenty of dark cherry fruit and smooth tannins. After close to two hours in the decanter, it became a lovely and satisfying Bordeaux. (1359 views)|
| ||Tasted by jgkost on 10/23/2015 & rated 92 points: Drinking very well with a subtle red fruit nose and soft tannins balanced well with red to dark red types of fruit. (1278 views)|
| ||Tasted by Anonymous on 9/12/2015 & rated 92 points: Just like my last bottle, but this seemed to have just a bit more depth. Still youthful, with tannins still making themselves known, but with air this was quite enjoyable. Lovely cassis, leather and earth notes hitting the palate in waves. A beauty with years to go. A pristine bottle, purchased on release and perfectly cellared. (1812 views)|
| ||Tasted by nocoretiree on 9/9/2015 & rated 91 points: We did not let this breathe or decant long enough - a 15 year old wine? Should be ready now? Not really, still rather young. Very gripping black fruit taste, with notes of licorice and cedar, very tannic and lots of sediment. The second night - after ADDITIONAL decanting - it opened up and WOW, I thought Margaux was supposed to be silky and elegant, but this was lots of fruit and graphite and more sediment, but the depth and intensity was like nothing we have had before. We drank this to celebrate proposing to my wife 15 years ago, second bottle will be next year to celebrate our 15th! This wine needs LOTS OF AIR to open up, but worth it. This wine seems to perhaps have a good number of years left? (1533 views)|
| ||Tasted by gsquireh on 8/29/2015: Black cherry, blackberry and currants merge in a ruby rich color- spice, and fresh forest aromatics are enhanced after decanting revealing the complexity of this value Margaux. (1222 views)|
| ||Tasted by Happy Sommelier on 8/2/2015 & rated 91 points: My last bottle and much better than the previous one which is remarkable as they were stored in the cellar for the same number of years.|
A very well balanced wine with wonderful aromas of blackberry and violets. Smooth in the mouth and very easy drinking. I suggest drinking now however as I am finding some of the 2000 vintage Bordeaux seconds from the top producers are beginning to decline. (1707 views)
| ||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. (1253 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 (1707 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. (1531 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. (1405 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. (1319 views)|
| ||Tasted by firstgrowth on 5/2/2015 & rated 87 points: Smooth, but flat (1593 views)|
| ||Tasted by Christine Havens on 4/29/2015 & rated 92 points: Pavillon Rouge is the second label of Château Margaux, and the 2000 is a perfumed, silken blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, and 7% Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Freshly tilled, loamy soil, leather, forest floor, seedy berries, and black currents evokes the memory of some distant springtime, under cloudy skies. I'm especially struck by the distribution of tannins, which are fine and lovely. There is a lightness to this wine, and a certain elegance that rolls out gently, without bravado. (373 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. (1741 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 + (1648 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. (2334 views)|
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|By Jancis Robinson, MW|
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|By Stephen Tanzer|
Vinous, May/June 2001, IWC Issue #96
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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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Bordeaux Bordeaux Wine Guide
Vins Bordeaux (Conseil Interprofessionnel du Vin de Bordeaux)
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).