This purple-tinted dark red coloured 2014 Chateau Margaux offers a shaded, delicate, subtle nose on red rose petals fragrances, enhanced by smashed blackberry and fresh blackcurrant. The whole blends into a hint of balsamic similar to cedarwood. Although subtle at this stage, the bouquet will become deeper with time. This Margaux Premier Cru Classé in 1855 bouquet is dynamic, and offers a frank acidity evolving on a juicy mid-palate with lingering, elegant, velvety, even creamy tannins. This Margaux shows a great character and its ageing potential will satisfy the most patients.
The 2014 Château Margaux represents 36% of the year's total production and is a blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. Affording the glass five to ten minutes to open, the aromatics are very similar to those expressed out of barrel, those dark cherries and violets, tightly wound at first but unfurling beautifully and seemingly with each swirl of the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannin and it appears to have fomented a little more finesse during its élevage. There is wonderful mineral tension and dash of spiciness on the persistent finish. There remains some tightness here, the implication that this is a Château Margaux determined to give long-term pleasure. Therefore, do not be afraid to give it a decade in the cellar.