1989 Chateau Margaux, Margaux, Bottle (750ml) WS97/DR97
1989 Chateau Margaux, Margaux, Bottle (750ml) [Nicked Label] WS97/DR97
1989 Chateau Margaux, Margaux, Bottle (750ml) [Slightly Soiled Label] WS97/DR97
1989 Chateau Margaux, Margaux, Case of 12 btls WS97/DR97
1990 Chateau Margaux, Margaux, Bottle (750ml) RP100
1993 Chateau Margaux, Margaux, Bottle (750ml) JS98
1994 Chateau Margaux, Margaux, Bottle (750ml)
1996 Chateau Margaux, Margaux, Bottle (750ml) RP100/DR100
1997 Chateau Margaux, Margaux, Bottle (750ml) NM95
1998 Chateau Margaux, Margaux, Bottle (750ml)
1999 Chateau Margaux, Margaux, Bottle (750ml) RP94
2001 Chateau Margaux, Margaux, Bottle (750ml) WS95/RP94
2003 Chateau Margaux, Margaux, Bottle (750ml) RP98/JS97
2003 Chateau Margaux, Margaux, Bottle (750ml) [Slightly Scuffed Label] RP98/JS97
2005 Chateau Margaux, Margaux, Bottle (750ml) JS100/AG99
2006 Chateau Margaux, Margaux, Bottle (750ml) RP95
2009 Chateau Margaux, Margaux  [Late Release 2022], Case of 6 btls DR100/RP99/JS99
2009 Chateau Margaux, Premier Cru Classe, Margaux DR100/RP99/JS99
2009 Chateau Margaux, Margaux, Case of 12 btls DR100/RP99/JS99
2010 Chateau Margaux, Margaux, Bottle (750ml) JS100/RP99
2010 Chateau Margaux, Margaux, Case of 12 btls JS100/RP99
2014 Chateau Margaux, Premier Cru Classe, Margaux, Bottle (750ml) JS97
2015 Chateau Margaux, Margaux, Bottle (750ml) JS100/JD100
2015 Chateau Margaux, Margaux, Case of 6 btls JS100/JD100
2017 Chateau Margaux, Premier Cru Classe, Margaux, Bottle (750ml) JS99/RP98

Chateau Margaux: A Bordeaux Legend and Its Storied History

In the pantheon of Bordeaux's legendary First Growths, Château Margaux epitomizes elegance and excellence, captivating the senses with its opulent perfume and ethereal finesse while consistently earning high scores and critical acclaim. With a history stretching back to the 1600s and an elite standing solidified by the 1855 Classification, Château Margaux has long been recognized as one of Bordeaux's most iconic estates. However, it is the remarkable transformation undergone by the property under the stewardship of the Mentzelopoulos family over the last 50 years that has propelled Château Margaux to even greater heights. Their dedication has redefined the estate's legacy, elevating its already impressive reputation with eleven perfect 100-point scores since 2014, securing its position in the modern era.

Château Margaux History: Heritage & Architecture

Chateau Margaux's rich history is steeped in royal heritage. Once known as "La Mothe de Margaux," it graced the tables of nobility for generations, firmly establishing its sterling reputation by the 1600s. By the late 17th century, the estate spanned 265 hectares, with a third dedicated to grape cultivation, surrounded by lush parkland. Remarkably, this footprint remains largely unchanged, with 80 hectares of vines today, mirroring the landscape of three centuries ago.

In 1810, following the turbulence of the French Revolution, architect Louis Combes was commissioned by the Marquis de la Colonilla to build the chateau and cellars that still stand today. Combes' genius seamlessly blended architectural elegance with practicality, creating a neo-palladian masterpiece that signified the rebirth of the vineyard. This iconic château, affectionately dubbed "The Versailles of the Médoc," has stood as a testament to the estate's grandeur, serving as a fitting backdrop for the winemaking process, where tradition and innovation intertwine seamlessly.

Château Margaux History: Modern Mentzelopoulos Era 

Chateau Margaux's modern era began in 1977 when, facing financial challenges due to the 1970s wine market downturn, the Ginestet family reluctantly let go of the estate. Greek businessman André Mentzelopoulos, whose unconventional journey from grain trader to grocery store magnate, acquired the estate for a modest sum of $16 million.

Upon André Mentzelopoulos's passing in 1980, his daughter, Corinne Mentzelopoulos, assumed leadership. Despite her youth, she found capable allies in Bordeaux oenologist Emile Peynaud and estate director Philippe Barre. She quickly initiated a series of renovations modernizing winemaking facilities and cellars, marking the beginning of a new era. Additional replanting efforts and increased vineyard density shaped the estate's future. In 1983, the visionary Paul Pontallier joined as technical director.

Château Margaux History: Pontallier's Legacy with Innovation & Tradition

Under Paul Pontallier's guidance, Chateau Margaux thrived for three decades. According to Wine Spectator, "The pair fueled a resurgence of the estate, pushing it to the very top of Bordeaux's qualitative hierarchy." Amidst Corinne Mentzelopoulos's many business ventures, her focus remained steadfastly on returning the estate to greatness, culminating in historic changes in 2009. Among them were the addition of a gravity-fed reception area and new vats, along with the introduction of a meticulous grape selection process originating in the vineyard. In 2015, the cellars underwent a massive renovation, led by the Pritzker prize-winning architect Lord Norman Foster, the first significant modernization since 1810.

Tragically, just over a year after the cellar renovations, Paul Pontallier passed away in March 2016, leaving behind a legacy of innovation and excellence. The 2015 Chateau Margaux, the final vintage under his guidance, featured an iconic etched, screen-printed black label to honor the new cellars designed by Norman Foster. A new chapter in Chateau Margaux's story began, with Philippe Bascaules, the estate's former technical director, returning in 2017 to carry on the legacy. It was Paul Pontallier himself who had hired Bascaules back in 1990.

Château Margaux Region & Terroir: Ideal Soils for Cabernet Sauvignon

Situated alongside the Gironde estuary in the heart of the Médoc region, Château Margaux's 82-hectare vineyard is an intriguing tapestry of exceptional terroir. The estate's unique combination of chalky clay soils beneath a layer of coarse and fine gravels provides the ideal foundation for the signature Cabernet Sauvignon vines, which account for 75% of the vineyard's composition. The remaining plantings consist of 20% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, and 2% Cabernet Franc, each contributing to the backbone of Château Margaux's acclaimed wines.

The vineyard is composed of 80 parcels, located in close proximity to the chateau itself. However, it is the 25-hectare parcel atop the plateau, blessed with deep gravel soils, that stands as the jewel in Chateau Margaux's terroir crown. The average age of the vines hovers around 35 years, but there are parcels with Cabernet Sauvignon vines aged over 80 years, adding to the complexity and depth of the estate's wines.

Château Margaux Wine Style & Winemaking Techniques

What sets Château Margaux apart is its ability to craft wines of unparalleled elegance and finesse. Rather than relying on sheer power, the wines are renowned for their opulence and captivating exotic perfume, a testament to the estate's exceptional terroir and the skill of its winemaking team. The grapes are meticulously hand-harvested and sorted, ensuring that only the finest fruit makes its way into the final blend.

Winemaking at Chateau Margaux is a harmonious dance between tradition and innovation. The grapes undergo vinification in a symphony of vats, combining wood and stainless steel—a collection of nearly 100 vats of various sizes. This allows the winemakers to carefully control the fermentation process and extract the desired flavors and aromas. The grand vin is then aged for approximately 18 to 24 months in 100% new oak barrels, depending on the vintage, to further refine its character and complexity.

The estate's commitment to excellence extends to its on-site cooperage, where a significant portion of the oak barrels are meticulously crafted by skilled artisans, ensuring the highest quality vessels for the aging process. This attention to detail and dedication to craftsmanship is evident in every bottle of Château Margaux, as the wines consistently showcase the estate's exceptional terroir and the skill of its winemaking team.

Château Margaux Wines Beyond Grand Vin: Second Labels & White Wine

Château Margaux's commitment to excellence is evident not only in its grand vin but also in its second wine, Pavillon Rouge, and its exceptional white offering, Pavillon Blanc, crafted solely from Sauvignon Blanc. These wines showcase the estate's versatility and unwavering pursuit of quality across its portfolio.

Château Margaux Wines: Timeless & Collectable Treasures

Château Margaux isn't merely a winery; it's a testament to the enduring spirit of craftsmanship, the unyielding pursuit of excellence, and the patience that only time can teach. With a rich history and unwavering commitment to quality, it stands firmly as one of the world's premier wine destinations. For collectors and connoisseurs, owning a bottle of Château Margaux is arguably the pinnacle of wine appreciation, an essential step in building a world-class cellar. Experience the enduring legacy of Château Margaux, where history and innovation converge to produce the finest wines in the world.

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