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Château Margaux





Grape Blend:

Cab. Sauvignon | Merlot | Cab. Franc | Petit Verdot

Château Margaux, 1er Cru Classé, Margaux, 2011

6x75cl £1,900.00

2 bottles

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Tasting Note:

Paul Pontallier attested to being delighted with the 2011. His 'only disappointment is the quantity... The growing season was so dry, which resulted in tiny berries, and a crop 25% smaller than in 2010'. The harvest began on the 5th of September (for the reds), which is the earliest since 1983 and the fruit had a good density and maturity, yet retained real freshness due to the cool maturation period in August. Paul likens the 2011 to the 1996 and the 2008, but believes that it has greater density. With yields of 29hl/ha, one is not surprised to find a concentrated wine. Glorious perfume with flowers, liquorice, dark berries and crushed stones; there is great depth and concentration here. Pure, vivid cassis and loganberry fruit coats the palate. Although this is dense, it is never thick or heavy and the tannins are both refined and sumptuous. Dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon (86%), Merlot plays a supporting role with 10% of the blend, whilst Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc account for just 2% each. This is not a wine to be overlooked - it may not have the upfront appeal of some of the other First Growths, but this reserved beauty is a complete wine, which will develop and delight with time in bottle.

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