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Château Margaux





Grape Variety:

Cab Sauvignon Merlot

Château Margaux, 1er Cru Classé, Margaux, 2020

Tasting Note:

Aurélien Vallance explained that “The wet warm spring brought significant mildew pressure, but the Margaux team was able to fight it using exclusively organic products. Flowering was early and even (10-15 days in advance of the norm), but we noted that the bunches had less grapes than normal. Summer was exceptionally dry. Margaux experienced 50 consecutive days without a drop of rain. Luckily there was enough water in the soil to supply the vines until a huge storm on the 12th August unleashed 80 mm of rain. We were concerned it might be too much, but the berries didn’t swell. There was just one additional day of rain with 20 mm, then sunny and dry conditions returned. Harvest was early, conducted between the 10th and 30th September. The berries were very tannic and we had to be very careful with extractions, it was the smallest and most controlled extraction we’ve ever done at Margaux. This gentle approach with no pumping over resulted in very ripe, velvety tannins, wonderful freshness to the fruit and relatively low alcohols.”

We may have claimed that the Pavillon Rouge is closer than ever to Margaux, however, there is still a chasm. The Grand Vin does everything on a more grandiose scale, yet with even more focus and detail. Aurélien noted that “the blending process was easy… all the great plots went into the Chateau Margaux”. Representing 36% of the crop, the bouquet is similar to the Pavillon Rouge, but everything is there in more abundance, even more floral, creamy cassis fruit, graphite, sandalwood, spices and a hint of decadent liquorice. The palate is so precise, laser like precision, wonderful detail, crisp berry fruit, crème de cassis, lots of bright mineral notes, seductive griotte cherries, it is complete, complex and very long, finishing with super refined tannins, which have been expertly ensconced in the wine. Stylistically, this errs towards the classical, there’s nothing flashy or extravagant, yet one is mesmerised by the beauty, the refinement, elegance and latent power. An extraordinarily impressive Margaux! 3.67pH, 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc.

A brilliant Margaux; one that takes a sigh and then releases the huge floral, eucalyptus and crushed mint whoosh that comes in waves though the palate. You get the concentration of the vintage in an entirely positive light, with a suave softness to the tannins that makes it stand head and shoulders above many others. Plenty in common with the 1996 vintage - the knitted down tannins, the completeness, the juicy blackcurrant purity and acidity on the finish, and the certainty of long ageing. Real clarity of flavour. Alcohol level is lower than both the 2018 and 2019, but tannins and anthocyanins are at the same level as in 2018. 36% of overall harvest, and 1% Petit Verdot completes the blend. A yield of 36hl/ha. 98/100. - Jane Anson, Decanter.com

"The 2020 Château Margaux is composed of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, accounting for 36% of the harvest. The alcohol weighs in at 13.5%, the IPT is 80 and the pH is 3.67. Displaying an opaque purple-black color, it needs a lot of air, time and patience to coax out the youthfully reticent nose of blueberry preserves, blackcurrant pastilles and Black Forest cake, followed by suggestions of lavender, clove oil, iron ore and menthol with wafts of star anise and candied violets. The medium to full-bodied palate is wonderfully opulent, featuring tightly wound yet beautifully pure layers of black fruits and earthy nuances within a solid structure of firm yet velvety tannins and exhilarating freshness, finishing with very long-lingering earth and mineral notes. Another stunning expression of the vintage by Philippe Bascaules and his team—bravo!" 97-99/100 - Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, The Wine Advocate

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