Margaux 2017


Since the early 1980's Chateau Margaux has produced many excellent vintages. It is always impressive, whilst remaining fine and elegant. This is where we most often find the "Iron Fist in a Velvet Glove". Margaux is certainly the most stylish, charming and sophisticated of the First Growths. Quality is maintained here by a rigorous selection process and, since 2009, there has been a third wine (Margaux de Margaux) produced as well as the popular second wine Pavillon Rouge. There is also a 4th wine sold off in bulk.

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Bordeaux2017MargauxBT2404,320.00cs93/95 NMAdd to Basket
Bordeaux2017MargauxIM-12,925.00bt93/95 NMAdd to Basket
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Tasting Notes

The 2017 Margaux, matured in 100% new oak, was blended in the second half of February. It has a very pure, floral bouquet with scents of iris and violet infusing the black and subtle blue fruit. There are touches of crushed stone and with aeration, a little candied orange peel. The palate is medium-bodied with succulent ripe tannin, very harmonious in the mouth, caressing and sensual with black fruit, hints of graphite and a light marine influence. There is a fine build to this Château Margaux, commencing almost understated but finishing with an insistent grip and a long, quite spicy aftertaste. It's not the bewitching 2015 however, it purrs like a Rolls Royce and will age with panache. 2023 - 2045

Score: 93/95Neal Martin,, May 2018

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.

Score: 97/98James Suckling,, April 2018

The 2017 Margaux is one of the highlights on the Left Bank. Surprisingly powerful and virile, the Grand Vin clearly reflects the influence of a high percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend. Beams of tannin give the wine support through the mid-palate and into the finish. Estate Manager Sebastian Vergne told me the winemaking team opted to raise temperatures at the end of fermentation to gain a bit more color, depth and polymerization of tannins. The Grand Vin represents 37% of the estate's production

Score: 94/97Antonio Galloni,, May 2018

A blend of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot, the deep garnet-purple colored 2017 Château Margaux charges from the gate with opulent kirsch, raspberry preserves, wild blueberries and cassis notions accented by roses, violets, Chinese five spice and fragrant earth with touches of underbrush and truffles. Medium-bodied, it fills the mouth with vibrant, ripe red and blue fruits, layering in perfume and spice nuances. It's framed by very finely grained and plush yet firm tannins and great tension, finishing with epic length.

Score: 96/98Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (236), April 2018

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.
Drink 2027-2042

Score: 17.5Julia Harding MW,, April 2018

18 of the 82 hectares were affected by frost but not the best plots. The grand vin represents only 37% of the total harvest and is made from 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. What really suffered here was the Pavillon Rouge (22% of the total production) where the volume produced was half of that of a normal vintage. 15% of the crop went into the third wine with a further 26% being sold off in bulk. Medium-deep ruby colour with a very exotic, perfumed and expansive nose of roses, violets, blood orange and cassis. Surprisingly open and juicy. The palate is very creamy, with opulent vanilla, milk chocolate and toasty new oak coating the core of ripe and juicy fruits. The tannins are typically silky and refined, giving a cashmere texture. The added ripeness is perhaps atypical for Chateau Margaux, but with the fresh acidity on the finish and well-integrated tannins this retains its elegance and refinement on the long finish.

Score: 17+Farr Vintners, April 2018

Floral fragrant the nose has fresh black fruits and some red. The sweet fruit in the middle is underpinned by fine tannins rich and ripe at the back black cherry the finish has hints of cedar wood and seamless length. 2026-41

Score: 93/95Derek Smedley MW,, April 2018

Wow! This makes the whole room smile. The stunning nose hits you right off the bat, followed by wonderful fleshy damson fruit. This has some of the best aromatics in the business this year and a wonderful creamy texture through the palate. There's great density, and the tannins flatter it but they have menace and intent too, pulling the structure inwards and bouncing along to finish beautifully. This is more opulent than the Pavillon, which has some clear austerity, and the scale of the fruit is a little fresher than the 2015, with around the same ripeness level as the 2016. The 3.7pH is a little higher than the last two years, while an IPT of 73 is the same as last year. 37% of production went into the grand vin, including a 1% drop of Petit Verdot.
Drinking Window 2027 - 2040

Score: 96Jane Anson,, April 2018

After the dark bottle, which was used for the 2015 vintage, they have decided to continue with this bottle for all three wines including the white wine. This is a very dense and very focussed Margaux, with intense fruit and dark, mineral-soaked, graphite-tinged wine. The weight is so fresh and so bright it is incredible. This is not a big wine but it is very powerful.

Score: 18.5+Matthew Jukes, Matthew Jukes' Blog, April 2018

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