98 Points - Neal Martin
The 2016 Château Margaux represents 28% of the entire production this year. It has an alluring, gorgeous bouquet that blossoms with aeration to reveal black cherries, veins of blue fruit, crushed violet petals and a suggestion of vanilla. The poised, mineral-driven palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannin and just the right amount of salinity. The 2015 Château Margaux is ahead by a nose, but this will be a formidable first growth with a five-decade life span.
Zalto Denk-Art Bordeaux Glass
The Bordeaux glass is recommended for weightier style reds, probably our most widely used glass when tasting in house, this glass is great for many different wines. The large bowl helping aerate and soften tannins whilst accentuating the wine's depth and concentration. The Bordeaux glass is the ideal choice for Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Zinfandel, Bordeaux or Rhône style blends and many other red wines. Surprisingly, it is also the glass of choice for oaked Chardonnay, the shape of the bowl accentuating the balance of ripe fruits and oak.
Set in the appellation of Margaux, this château has a rich and varied history. In 1977, the Greek-born André Mentzelopoulos (owner of a large and successful grocery company with 80 stores across France) bought the estate. He invested hugely into Château Margaux, not knowing at the time how the investment would pay off. With the passion, help and supervision of renowned oenologist, Emile Peynaud, the 1978 vintage was a success and proof that André Mentzelopoulos’ time, effort and investment had indeed paid off. Sadly, he died in 1980, before he could have time to enjoy the château and its glory to come. André’s daughter Corinne took over the estate but was already heavily invested in the other family businesses. Realising the enormity of the challenge, in the 1990’s she enrolled the help of an associate in Gianni Agnelli (then president of Fiat) who bought shares in the Château with this partnership lasting around 10 years. Corinne then bought back the shares and is now sole shareholder in the estate. Château Margaux also produces a second wine, Pavillon Rouge du Château Margaux.
Bordeaux is not only the most famous wine producing region in France but in the world, with the most prestigious châteaux and wines in the industry. Its history dates back to the Roman times and today is the largest producing region of fine wines. Vineyards in Bordeaux are known by châteaux and therefore the name of each individual château is an important brand.
Many top wines are sold ‘En Primeur’ meaning that they are sold in the barrel prior to bottling. Almost 90% of the wine produced in Bordeaux is red (called ‘Claret’ in the UK) from over 8,500 producers. The main reason for the success of the wine production in Bordeaux is the perfect combination of climate, with long hours of sunshine ideal for ripening the grapes and well-draining gravel soil. Appellations are an important part of the Bordeaux culture and the region has 54 appellations recognized by the AOC, the Appellation d’Origine Controlle.
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