Margaux 2019

RegionBordeaux
SubregionMargaux
ColourRed
TypeStill

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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Tasting Notes

The 2019 Château Margaux is a blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot, accounting for 37% of the crop. The alcohol came in at 13.9%, the IPT was 75, and the pH was 3.66. Deep garnet-purple in color, the nose begins with intense scents of crushed blackberries, warm cassis and plum preserves before fanning out into a whole array of floral, exotic spice and earth scents: iris, red roses, star anise, cassis, tilled soil, moss-covered bark and black truffles, with an emerging waft of crushed rocks. The medium-bodied palate quivers with energy, emitting loads of mineral sparks, featuring bold freshness and fantastically ripe, finely grained tannins to support the delicate, perfumed layers, finishing very long and wonderfully poised. The juxtaposition between the acidity and the richness in this Château Margaux is just extraordinary!

Score: 97/100Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (June 2020 ), June 2020

The 2019 Château Margaux, like many other top names, was tasted in 12-hour intervals after opening. Like the Pavillon Rouge, it is tightly-wound on the nose initially and it is really only after 12-hours that it begins to motor, revealing enticing scents of blackberry, briary, seaweed and crushed stone, perhaps less florality, less violet-inspired aromas compared to previous vintages. The palate is medium-bodied with very lithe tannins that disguise the considerable backbone of this First Growth. This is imbued with a sense of linearity and focus, a strictness that gradually gives way to more sensuality. It is a beautifully proportioned Château Margaux, somehow "effortless", fanning out nonchalantly with residues of white pepper and fresh tobacco on the finish. Outstanding. 2029 - 2065

Score: 96/98Neal Martin, vinous.com, June 2020

The fantastic quality of the cabernet sauvignon really comes through here with black currant, blueberry and raspberry character. It’s full-bodied with such tightness. It’s so beautiful in the center palate. The tannins are wonderfully blended into the wine and flow across the palate. Rather leaner and racy. Ethereal. 37% of the production and 90% cabernet sauvignon, 7% merlot, 2% cabernet franc and 1% petit verdot.

Score: 99/100James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, May 2020

The 2019 Margaux is a total showstopper. A thrilling wine that melds together the textural intensity of the year with striking vibrancy, Margaux is just stunning. All the classic Margaux signatures are amplified in such dramatic fashion. The 2019 is a wine of pure and total sensuality. A second sample that arrived very late after having been stuck in customs was shockingly vibrant when I tasted it out of curiosity. I couldn't help myself. In the early going, Margaux is shaping up to be one of the wines of the vintage. Don't miss it.

Score: 98/100Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, June 2020

The 2019 follows a 2018 that received a potential 100 points from Lisa Perotti-Brown, James Suckling and Jeb Dunnuck. Made from 37% of the crop this year. At 13.9% abv, the blend is 90% Cabernet Sauvignon 7% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. It will be aged in 100% new oak. The chateau describe the Merlot picked in September as very concentrated and similar to the 2018 fruit, but the Cabernet Sauvignon picked in October more like the fruit of 2016. Deep purple in colour, with an enticing nose of fresh blackcurrant, dark cherry and layers of cedar, tobacco and vanilla from the oak. The palate is extremely silky, with cocoa-like tannnins gently framing the palate and giving a cashmere mouthfeel. There is superb delineation of fruit, with violet, dark cherry and fresh blackcurrant interlaced with baked red plum. The oak is well judged, bringing layers of sweet and savoury spices, hints of cedar and sandalwood, and building both structure and complexity in the wine. This is a wine of superb precision, with a driven, focused finish of pure black fruit. Superb finesse.

Score: 19Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, May 2020

This expands sideways, vertically and downwards, with a creamy mid palate and a rose petal, peony, raspberry and cassis collision on the nose. This is chewy in its tannic structure, full on and yet delicate and sappy. Fresh, elegant, perfumed and concentrated - clearly will age for decades. This is close in character to the 2009 or 2015, two exceptional vintages at Margaux and classic to the graceful yet concentrated signature of the property. 1% Petit Verdot to complete the blend, 100% new oak although barely discernible already. 37% of overall production in the 1st wine this year. Drinking Window 2029 - 2050

Score: 98Jane Anson, Decanter.com, June 2020

90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot. 37% of the production. Barrel sample.
Deep colour to the rim. Super fragrance, the aromas pure and persistent with typical Cabernet cassis and graphite notes. Rich and full across the palate but definitely more freshness than the Pavillon. Plentiful tannins provide the drive but absolutely no aggression. Aromatic freshness on the finish aids persistence and length. (JL) 13.9%
Drink 2030 – 2050

Score: 18.5James Lawther MW, JancisRobinson.com, June 2020

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