By Chateau Margaux
The 2002 Margaux from Chateau Margaux, Margaux, Bordeaux
As one peruses the remarkable catalogue of vintages from Chateau Margaux, the 2002 Margaux holds a distinguished place. Borne from a year marked by climatic generosity, yet one that unfairly stands in the shadows of the surrounding heralded years, this offering possesses a unique character worth savoring and indeed, investing in.
An Autumnal Crescendo of Ripening
The year 2002 saw Bordeaux grace us with a season where Mother Nature played her cards close to her vest; late summer rains were remedied by an auspiciously dry and sunny September. It is precisely this propitious turn of weather that sculpted the balance in the 2002 Margaux – a sung maturity juxtaposed against an alluring backbone of acidity.
The exotic bouquet suggests blackcurrants, violets, and just the slightest hint of tobacco – a nod perhaps to the slightly cooler growing conditions that year. With decanting, this poised vintage unfurls layers of complexity on the palate: dark fruit tempered by notes of cedar and subtle spice, signifying an ageworthy structure deftly assembled.
Insightful collectors will recognise the finesse in this venerable estate's contribution to the 2002 vintage. As such, they should be heartened by its discreet opulence balanced with striking vibrancy – a profile that has been graciously rewarded with time's passage.
Intriguingly, the 2002 Margaux from Chateau Margaux converges approachability with longevity. This equilibrium demonstrates an opportune investment potential for those seeking to expand their cellars with a wine that promises further unfolding of its narrative in the glass.
In sumptuous summary, the 2002 Margaux exemplifies an age-worthy effort that, even at its current stage of evolution, offers a poignant testament to the mettle and grace under pressure of this First Growth estate. The vintage stands as a testament to astute viticulture meeting favourable autumnal benevolence – yielding a wine for both immediate enjoyment and enduring allure within one's portfolio.
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Scores and tasting notes
Tasted blind at Farr’s 2002 Bordeaux tasting. Very refined on the nose...definitely First Growth quality with a beautiful floral scent. Margaux? Black cherries, a touch of cassis, violets and wild hedgerow. Superb clarity. Ripe succulent entry, very pure and very harmonious with filigree tannins and a natural, graceful finish that belies its power. Tasted October 2009.
Neal Martin - Wine Journal Jan 2010
Performing better from bottle than at any time in cask (which of course is the objective of great winemaking, isn’t it?), this wine reveals a dense ruby/purple color in a style somewhat reminiscent of the 1988 but with more power, concentration, and volume. It has a beautifully elegant nose of black fruits intermixed with truffle, flower, and oak. The wine is medium to full-bodied, dense, with wonderful precision, freshness, and a long, full-bodied finish with impressive levels of concentration. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2030.
Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 28 April 2005