Château Margaux, 1855 1st Growth Classification in the Margaux appellation, benefits from vines planted in gravel soils, which characterize the appellation. The 2008 vintage boasts a blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 1.5% Cabernet Franc and 1.5% Petit Verdot. The drought in July allowed the soils to absorb the misty August rains, and the favourable weather that followed in mid-September helped to limit the amount of water in the vineyard. For this vintage, 36% of the harvest was devoted to this top ranked growth wine. However, the losses due to racking resulted in 31% of the harvest being used for bottling.
The Château Margaux 2008 has elegant, nuanced aromas on the nose, and on the palate, the wine is powerfully complex with velvety, fine-grained tannins, and a long, lingering finish.This is truly a classic representation of Château Margaux.
This is a stunning Chateau Margaux, made in a sexy, up-front, elegant style, with deep creme de cassis fruit intermixed with spring flowers, a solid inner core of richness and depth, but again, very sweet tannins as well as striking minerality and elegance. One of the most seductive Chateau Margauxs given its recent bottling, this blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, and the rest tiny quantities of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot should drink beautifully for the next 25-30 years. Remarkably, a mere 36% of the entire production was selected for the 2008 Chateau Margaux.