Château Margaux Margaux 2000

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This stunning first growth is enjoying a stellar reputation in modern times, and Robert Parker calls it "a brilliantly consistent wine of stunning grace, richness and complexity." The extremely talented Paul Pontallier oversees the estate and the winemaking, and travels the world not only promoting Chateau Margaux, but Bordeaux in general. The vineyard is planted to 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, and the average age of the vines is about 40 years.
Category Red Wine
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Appellation Margaux
Brand Château Margaux
Alcohol/vol 12.5%
  • wa100

Wine AdvocateAbsolutely compelling in two tastings of this vintage, the 2000 Margaux is composed of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot. The extraordinary seductiveness, complex aromatics, and purity it exhibits lead me to believe it has reached its window of full maturity. Medium-bodied, with layers of concentration, stunning blue, red, and black fruits intermixed with spring flowers, a subtle dosage of new oak, and a distinctive personality that is elegant while at the same time powerful and substantial, this is a multi-dimensional wine that was extremely approachable and drinkable in both tastings I had of it. The color remains a healthy, even opaque bluish/purple, but there is no reason to hesitate to drink it. It should evolve for another 30-40 years, so there is no hurry either.

Robert Parker, June 2010
  • ws100

Wine Spectator"Muscular yet classy. Breathtaking aromas of black licorice, violets, berry and cherry, with light hints of spices and minerals. It's all there in the nose. Full-bodied, with an ultrafine tannin structure and a finish that goes on for minutes. This may turn out even better than 1995 due to its layers and layers of fine tannins and fruit but I can't give more than 100 points. Best after 2015."

  • we100

Wine EnthusiastIf a wine can ever be perfect, this is as perfect as wine can get. Right from the beginning it was the wine of the vintage, and nothing has changed. Margaux was the last of the first growths to be bottled because it just needed that extra time in barrel. The wine now has huge intense black cherry and blackberry fruits, plus marvelous tannins that are sweet and pwoerful. To finis, the magnificent Margaux perfume of sandalwood and ripe fruit dominates, leaving an impression of finesse and power.

Roger Voss, June 1, 2003