Of all the Bordeaux village appellations, Margaux is my favorite. As with the meaty-earthy characteristics (Leather, Pepper, Smoke, Incnese, and Bacon Fat to name a few) that attract me to the wines of the Northern Rhone, Margaux has its own alluring perfume of camphor, smoke, and spice that I find quite seductive.
Margaux is the largest of the village apppellations and boasts the highest number of classified chateau at 21. The breakdown of varietals is just over 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, with Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot splitting the balance. First Growth Chateau Margaux and third growth Chateau Palmer are certainly the big names in Margaux; but with the expanse of Margaux, you will also find a number of smaller estates that would be considered progressive in their approach. St. Estephe is the only appellation that comes close to Margaux with its number of microcuvees.
As with the rest of Bordeaux in my store, we offer a comprehensive selection of wines that cover a range of prices.
Chateau Palmer 2006 – The dense ruby/purple-hued 2006 Palmer reveals sweet aromas of melted licorice, underbrush, toast, plums, and black cherries. Outstanding density, a medium to full-bodied style, and a personality that recalls 1996, this blend of 66% Cabernet Sauvignon and 34% Merlot possesses moderately high tannins as well as plenty of aging potential. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2028. 92 Points, Robert Parker
I have reliable information that we will procure future vintages of Chateau Palmer at far better prices. This is good news indeed.
Chateau D’Issan 2005 – A 95 point blockbuster! Upon tasting this wine, I immediately brought it into my inventory. While the efforts of d’Issan have been inconsistent, this is a stellar wine that should continue to improve for 15 – 20 years. Well worth its price. This is a great bottle of wine RFA!!!
Chateau Boyd Cantenac – I have had the opportunity to drink both the 2004, and as I am typing this entry, the 2006. I enjoy the wines from this chateau. While the 2004 is outstanding, the 2006 is a serious value at about $20 less per bottle.
2004 – A sensational effort for the vintage, Boyd-Cantenac‘s 2004 should be on the shopping lists of all shrewd consumers looking for a terrific Margaux at a bargain basement price. Racy floral, black currant, and cherry notes soar from the glass of this complex wine. The evolved aromatics are followed by sweet, medium to full-bodied, pure flavors of cherries, black currants, and blackberries, ripe, moderate tannins, and outstanding depth as well as richness. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2022. 91 Points Robert Parker.
2006 – If it were not for some prominent tannins in the finish, this wine would merit an outstanding score. If the tannins sweeten, it will merit a higher rating. Its deep ruby/purple color is accompanied by sweet black cherry, scorched earth, and camphor notes, a sweet, rich mid-palate, medium to full body, and excellent purity as well as depth. The tannins kick in in the finish, but there is a lot going on here in a positive sense. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2025. 89 Points Robert Parker
Please note that the tannins Parker refers to in his review have certainly sweetened. This wine just needed a little time.
Chateau Pontac Lynch – This property is surrounded by Chateau Margaux to the northwest, Chateau Palmer to the southwest, and Chateau D’Issan to the east. In the midst of these classified growths, its no surprise that Pontac Lynch would have the potential to produce a high quality wine. Fortunately, this Cru Bourgeois delivers quality and classic Margaux elegance. It is an extremely good value.
2007 – Dark fruits with Asian spice, camphor, sweet tobacco leaf. While the 2007 Pontac Lynch is definitely a wine you can drink now, its structure suggests that it will continue to improve through 2020 and perhaps beyond. All of the classic Margaux personality without the hefty price tag. RFA!!!