10% of Ch Margaux’s red vines were affected by the frost. This grand vin represented 37% of the harvest – higher than last year’s 28%. Blend of 8% Merlot, 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot. pH 3.7. First vintage they have used only sulphur and copper in the vineyards (though they are not looking for organic certification)
Deep glowing crimson. Pure, very dark cassis fruit. Fragrant and lightly floral too. And the fruit smells sweet, the oak so subtle. Intense without being flamboyant. Firm, smooth, chocolate-textured. Creamy and rich and supple on the long finish. Depth of fruit, both red and black on the mid palate. Well sustained.The tannins are powerful but hidden by the lovely fruit. Succulent even though well structured.
Julia Harding MW 17,5
This is a very dense Margaux, and especially for the vintage, with a full body, grainy tannins and a long and rich finish. Impressive depth of fruit and structure. Luscious and muscular at the same time.
James Suckling 97-98
There is a firm, tannic structure here, although it certainly doesn’t take away from the concentrated fruit. This wine is intense, full of black currants and great fruitiness. Both the fruit and structure are in harmony and balance.
Wine Enthusiast 95-97