France, Bordeaux, Margaux
Château Margaux is one of Bordeaux most esteemed estates which has a rich history that spans back to the 16th century. Its history is quite impressive, however 1855 was one of the most important years for Château Margaux, as it became 1 of only 4 Chateaux at the time to achieve the “Premier Grand Cru Classe” (1st growth) status in the famous Bordeaux Classification of 1855.
The famous Château is located in the appellation of Margaux, which is situated on the left bank of the Garonne in the Médoc region. The property extends 262 hectares (650 acres), of which 87 hectares (210 acres) are entitled to the Margaux AOC declaration. 80 hectares (200 acres) are planted with 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, with 2% Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot with 12 hectares (30 acres) are cultivated with Sauvignon Blanc to make Pavillon Blanc.
Today, the Château produces 4 wines, The Grand Vin ‘Château Margaux’, along with a second wine ‘Pavillon Rouge du Château Margaux’, a third wine named ‘Margaux de Château Margaux’ and the white wine ‘Pavillon Blanc du Château Margaux’.
Average annual production of the Grand vin is 130,000 bottles, while the second wine Pavillon Rouge has an average production of 100,000 bottles and 40,000 for the Margaux du Château Margaux . The white Pavillon Blanc, has a production of around 10,000 bottles, and must be sold under the generic Bordeaux AOC as Sauvignon blanc does not fall under the permitted grapes of the Margaux AOC. The remainder of the crop is sold in bulk to a select group of Bordeaux wine merchants.
All four wines are of Château Margaux exceptional quality. The Grand Vin ‘Château Margaux’ is recognized as one of the world’s finest wines, however the second and third wine rival top wines from other Chateaux and the Pavillon Blanc is one of the most compelling Sauvignon Blanc’s is the world.
The current releases from Château Margaux are utterly captivating and certainly live up to the esteemed reputation of the Château. During our recent visit we tasted the Grand Vin, Pavillon Rouge and Pavillon Blanc. All wines were of the most exceptional quality with the 2016 Château Margaux was scored a perfect 100/100 points and looks as if it will be an all-time classic wine from the estate. The Pavillon Rouge was also outstanding and is one of the most impressive second wines we have ever seen, earing 95/100 points. We were also extremely impressed by the Pavillon Blanc which scored 97/100 points and is the highest score we have ever awarded to a Sauvignon Blanc.
See below to read our in-depth reviews on the current releases.
|2016||CHÂTEAU MARGAUX Margaux||100|
|2016||CHÂTEAU MARGAUX Margaux 'Pavillon Rouge'||95|
|2016||CHÂTEAU MARGAUX Margaux 'Pavillon Blanc'||97|