The commune of Margaux takes its name from its finest vineyard, Chateau Margaux. Close to the Gironde as are many of the finest vineyards in the Medoc, Paul Pontallier and his team are masters of finesse.
Since the end of the seventeenth century the Chateau Margaux estate has occupied 265 hectares in the Medoc, a third of which are still dedicated to growing vines. This wine estate carries a vast amount of prestige from being rated as a ‘first growth’ in the 1855 classification of the Medoc. The chateau itself has been nicknamed the ‘Versailles of the Medoc” for its neo-Palladian architecture.
The soils of the estate are well suited to the growing of Cabernet Sauvignon and thus it makes up 75% of the plantings. 20% is planted to Merlot with the remainder being Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. A small quantity of Sauvignon Blanc is also planted for the estate’s Pavillon Blanc white.
A Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated wine that reflects the vintage, the 2013 Chateau Margaux is a blend of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. For the first time, there is no Merlot in the blend. Moreover, only 38% of the crop made it into Margaux, a finesse-styled, classic effort offering notes of spring flowers, blue and red fruits, decent acidity, sweet tannin, and a lovely, round, medium-bodied mouthfeel. The 2013 is not as concentrated as a great vintage, nor does it have the power and length of a top year, but it is a well-made, charming red to enjoy during its first 10-12 years of life.
94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot. Succulent, juicy, indulgent, sweet fruit. Extremely finely balanced – technically flawless, especially from a structural perspective. But inevitably weaker in intensity and complexity than the headline vintages.
(94% cabernet sauvignon, 5% cabernet franc and 1% petit verdot): Full, deep red. Restrained but very deep aromas of blueberry, redcurrant and quinine; a real step up in concentration from the Pavillon Rouge. Sharply focused and gripping in the mouth, with enticingly sappy, creamy red and dark berry flavors complicated by minty tobacco and sweet spices. Finishes very broad and long, with suave tannins and a lingering impression of vibrancy.
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