By Chateau Margaux
2000 Margaux from Chateau Margaux, Margaux, Bordeaux
The turn of the millennium heralded a sublime synergy of climate and craft in the Bordeaux region, and it is encapsulated magnificently in the 2000 Margaux from Chateau Margaux. The vintage, which promises to be one of legend, has held the fervent attention of collectors and investors alike, achieving an emblematic status within the prestigious lineage of Margaux vintages.
The Pinnacle of Investment Grade Wine
As we consider the 2000 Margaux from Chateau Margaux through the lens of fine wine investment, its merits are significant. A poised dance between power and elegance, this exceptional vintage exhibits a complex bouquet that evokes dark cherries and violets, intertwined with subtle notes of licorice and smoky earth—an olfactory mosaic as intricate as it is enchanting.
A Millennium Marvel: Terroir's Triumph
The terroir's profound influence in shaping this monumental vintage cannot be overstated; 2000 was a year that yielded near-perfect growing conditions in Margaux. A harmonious combination of warm days and cool nights led to an impeccably balanced ripening period. On the palate, the 2000 vintage conveys a velvety texture with layers of ripe blackberries and cassis, supported by a tannin structure that is both firm yet gracefully integrated, providing an underpinning for longevity and indicating that this vintage has yet to reach its zenith.
The finish is a reverberating testament to its outstanding provenance—a lengthy, nuanced close that leaves one yearning for another encounter. With ageing potential that suggests it will continue to evolve and reveal new facets over time, the 2000 Margaux from Chateau Margaux undoubtedly stands as a paragon for both oenophiles and seasoned investors seeking to bolster their portfolios with blue-chip bottles.
In summary, the 2000 Margaux by Chateau Margaux remains an extraordinary testament to a remarkable year. With its exquisite flavour profile, impeccable balance, and assured longevity, it represents a strategic cornerstone for fine wine collections. Each sip promises not only a journey through its stellar vintage but also an appreciation for wine investment at its pinnacle.
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Scores and tasting notes
This is like smelling an amazing bouquet of flowers, deep and thought provoking. Notes of raspberries, and strawberries round out the refined nose. Full and silky. More than just silk really, it is almost transparent. Incredibly mellow, yet enticing. It is difficult to find the perfect word. It is as ethereal as Paul Pontieller, managing director of Chateaux Margaux says. The impeccable balance makes this perfect to drink now, but it will get even better with more time. This is already ageless.
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, November 20th 2010
Absolutely 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 Jr - Wine Advocate #189 June 2010
Tasted blind, the 2000 Chateau Margaux was a reminder of the peaks that the millennial vintage could reach. Noticeably deep in color, the bouquet rivets you to the seat with copious red berry fruit, clove and truffle, hints of cedar emerging with time. As the aromatics open and aerate, the fruit profile seems to darken and manifests blackcurrants and bilberries. The palate is medium-bodied with filigree tannin. There is immense depth and symmetry conveyed by this First Growth, quite masculine for the estate with a gentle but insistent grip. It is a brilliant wine that flirts with perfection. Afford it another 3-4 years if you can, because it will last decades. Tasted November 2016.
Neal Martin - The Wine Advocate, 28 February 2017
Tasted blind at Bordeaux Index’s 2000 tasting in London. This has a lovely nose, black fruit, fruitcake, mulberry, graphite, cedar and a touch of black olive. Very fine definition and lift, just building with every swirl of the glass. The palate is medium-bodied, very well poised, such a fine silver thread of acidity with melting tannins, touches of cooked meat and dried herbs, very elegant towards the finish. This is sophisticated and regal. Drink 2015-2045. Tasted March 2010.
Neal Martin - Wine Journal Sep 2010