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Château Margaux, 1er Cru Classé, Margaux, 2021


Colour: Red
Producer: Château Margaux
Region: Bordeaux
Appellation: Margaux
Grape Variety: Cab Sauvignon Merlot

Château Margaux, 1er Cru Classé, Margaux, 2021

Tasting Note:

The Grand Vin accounts for 36% of the crop and is blended from 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc. The pH is the same as 2019 and 2020, although the 2021 appears fresher due to the lower alcohol (13.1%). Berries were harvested with very high IPTs, just below 2011, 2018 and 2020, however, they were big and full of juice, so the Margaux team did a little saignée (bleeding), which reduced yields, but gave more concentration. Following on from the excellent Pavillon Rouge, this exudes Margaux class. Initial suggestions of violets, fine herbs, graphite and creme de mûre transpose to the palate with a calm, fluid, multi-layered array of small berry fruit and minerals. Although this doesn't possess the almost creamy texture of the 2019 and 2020, it is no less impressive. It's more classically built with a steely delicacy and astonishing detail. There's such class and definition to the tannins, they provide an integral framework and refinement. A staggeringly beautiful Margaux, which will shine for many many years.

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