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Château Margaux 2016
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Château Margaux 2016

1er cru classe -  - - Red
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Château Margaux 2016

The complexity of an exceptional Margaux red wine

The estate

With origins dating back to the 12th century, Château Margaux is one of the Grands Crus that exemplifies the legend of fine Bordeaux wines throughout the world. In 1855, the château was awarded the title of Premier Grand Cru Classé and was the only one of the four contenders to have obtained an impeccable twenty out of twenty score. Following the acquisition of the estate by André Mentzelopoulos in 1977, Château Margaux began a new chapter in its history. Elevating the Château Margaux Grand Vin to the highest level, he reintroduced the château’s Second Vin, Pavillon Rouge du Château Margaux, which was produced from 1908. Following in her father's footsteps and due to his premature passing, Corinne Mentzelopoulos took over the running of her family’s estate with the drive and determination to preserve the rank of Château Margaux, which has become a true Bordeaux masterpiece, so recognisable by its Neo-Palladian style. Vintage after vintage, the estate's wines are among the greatest in the world.

The vineyard

Château Margaux’ vineyard is distinctive due to its rare and unique terroir, situated on a small gravel hill. The estate's grape varieties are mainly Cabernet Sauvignon, and also includes Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. The estate’s clay-limestone soils result in legendary vintages, with a sophisticated and sensual appearance, truly representative of the Margaux appellation.

The wine

A successor to the 2015 Château Margaux bottle, the prestigious estate has chosen a new, darker packaging to adorn its bottles from the 2016 vintage onwards. The capsules have been altered and are now a matt brown colour. The new font chosen for the writing is inspired by the one used in 1865. Modernising the presentation of Château Margaux’ Grand Vin also affects the packaging. The 6-bottle cases are now made of radiata pine and the top of the case is stamped with the Château Margaux logo.

The vintage

The exceptional weather conditions of 2016 helped to forge the identity of a very great vintage. The dry, hot summer helped the grapes to ripen beautifully, while keeping the fruit fresh and acidic thanks to the alternation between hot days and cool nights during September. The 2016 harvest, which began on September 23rd and ended on October 18th, was the most spread out in the history of the estate.

The blend

Cabernet Sauvignon (94%)

Cabernet Franc (3%)

Merlot (2%)

Petit Verdot (1%).

Château Margaux 2016: Characteristics and tasting tips

The tasting

The result of a masterful process, this Château Margaux 2016 has the complex and deep aromatic signature that is the hallmark of fine vintages.

As the saying goes, "great wines stem from great terroirs". The technical teams’ perfect understanding of each plot at Château Margaux and an uncompromising selection of the best grapes have revealed the expression of this exceptional terroir by transcribing the typicity of the grape varieties used in the blend. The Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, grew on very beautiful plots of land on the estate, brings an indisputable elegance. The Merlot and Cabernet Franc grape varieties give the wine a great aromatic complexity, softening the structure of the tannins. The final touch of Petit Verdot guarantees a remarkable density and volume on the palate.

Wine critic
Château Margaux 2016
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J. Robinson
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Wine Advocate-Parker :
Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2016 Château Margaux (blended of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc, 2% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot) sashays out of the glass with glamorous red currants, candied violets, kirsch and crushed blackcurrants scents followed by notions of tilled black soil, forest floor, cast iron pan and cigar box with subtle wafts of lavender and oolong tea. Medium-bodied, mineral laced accents hover over the palate with an ethereal sensation of weightlessness, yet it is super intense with layers of red and black flavors supported by a firm texture of silt-fine tannins, finishing wonderfully fragrant and incredibly long.
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