Medium deep colour. Intense redcurrant, cassis and espresso aromas with vanilla notes. Lovely supple wine with dense but silky tannins, beautiful fruit richness and espresso notes. Hint of al dente freshness at the finish. Lovely wine. Finesse and power. 97 points, Langton's (2014).
The purity of Cabernet Sauvignon fruit is what impresses here. Subtle and energetic plum and currant aromas follow through to a gorgeously harmonised palate of wonderful fruit and an ultra-long finish. Currant bush and light earth adds to the complexity. Lasts for minutes. Drink in 2022. 97 points, jamessuckling.com
There is a sense of pure, juicy, blackcurrant fruit that shoots through this great wine. With tannins that are firm while not a jot too much, the wine is crisp, packed with fruit and set for many years of aging. It is beautiful, fruity and intensely structured. Drink from 2027. 97 points, Roger Voss.
This is solidly packed, with layers of warm fig bread, plum compote and blackcurrant preserve, carried by a silky yet substantial structure. As the fruit plays out, the anise, black tea and singed alder notes in the background come into clearer focus, giving this remarkable range. Everything glides beautifully through the suave, gently toasty finish. Best from 2020 through 2035. 95 points, James Molesworth.
On Bordeaux’s Left Bank, near the southern end of the Haut-Médoc, lies Margaux, one of the most celebrated villages in the world of wine. Margaux is home to Château Margaux, the revered first-growth property, as well as 20 more Grand Cru Classé estates ranked in the 1855 classification of Bordeaux. The acclaimed wine of Margaux benefits from the diverse soil types in the appellation.
In general, Margaux has a very thin layer of topsoil, and the very best vineyards, above the Gironde River, have gravelly soils that encourage deep root growth and allow for good drainage. Because of the variations in soil, Margaux wines can range from delicately flavoured to highly concentrated, from medium- to full-bodied. Yet all Margaux wines share a fragrant bouquet, silky texture and remarkable balance. Cabernet Sauvignon dominates in the wines of Margaux, as it does throughout the Left Bank, with Merlot and Cabernet Franc used in small percentages for blending. Because of their excellent aging potential, the best Margaux wines are prized by collectors.