By Chateau Margaux
2004 Margaux from Château Margaux, Margaux, Bordeaux, France
The enigma of the 2004 Bordeaux vintage often cocoons hidden gems waiting to be rediscovered by discerning collectors and investors alike. Amongst such treasures, the 2004 Margaux from Château Margaux stands with a quiet dignity, a testament to the estate’s unwavering commitment to quality even in less extolled years.
Rare Composure in a Challenging Season
Amidst an unpredictable growing season marred with capricious weather patterns, Château Margaux played to its strengths. The outcome is a vintage that whispers poise and attention to detail, where others might have faltered. In this challenging milieu, the 2004 harvest emerged with grace, giving investors a vintage that encapsulates resilience and potential for maturation.
A Vintage for the Cognoscenti
Graced with an elegant profile, the 2004 Margaux offers an aromatic ballet of cassis and violets softly nuanced by hints of cigar box and earthy undertones. It is a wine that carefully balances intensity with finesse—a signature of its terroir that offers connoisseurs a complex narrative at every sip. As it enters its optimal drinking window, astute collectors will find pleasure in its mature tannins blending harmoniously with the polished remnants of fruit and touch of minerality.
The vinous intellect it displays is more reflective than it is assertive, marking an intriguing contrast to the estate's more robust vintages. On tasting, one can sense the rigours of the year subtly interwoven into its character—a snapshot of history in a bottle, compelling for both its provenance and story it tells.
Investment Poise: A Worthy Contemplation
Fine wine enthusiasts vested in the journey of their collections are likely to esteem the investment calibre of the 2004 Margaux from Château Margaux. Its trajectory promises longevity and fine evolution for those patient enough to appreciate the endurance inherent in this storied vintage.
In summary, this beacon of Bordeaux viticulture reflects not just a season’s toil but almost two decades of gentle evolution into an offering ripe for both indulgence and investment—a worthy focus for those aiming to enhance their portfolio with a classic yet understated expression of Margaux.
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Scores and tasting notes
Tasted at the Margaret River Cabernet tutorial. A deep black/garnet colour. The nose has stupendous definition and clarity, with that ethereal sense of controlled power and intensity, scents of dark cherry, pencils shavings and cedar all with wonderful definition and focus. The palate is medium-bodied, superb acidity, quite austere with cedar and tobacco, fine tannins, quite sharp and a little earthy on the finish. This is just a baby but should be considered a great success for the vintage. Drink 2012-2030. Tasted November 2009.
Neal Martin - Wine Journal Jul 2010
The 2004 Chateau Margaux has always been a promising wine and here, served blind against the First Growths, it finally proved that patience is necessary when it comes to such wines. It has an exquisite bouquet with brilliant delineation, scents of redcurrant, raspberry coulis, cold stone (almost flint-like) with pencil-lead and cedar lending it a Pauillac-like sense of aristocratic flair. The palate is extremely well balanced with a supple opening, nigh perfect acidity with a surprisingly citric undercurrent that lends so much freshness and tension. While it does not have the weight and power of say, 2000, 2005 or 2009, it cruises along with utmost harmony and you become smitten by its charms - something that is perhaps in short supply among the First Growths in this vintage. This is excellent. Tasted September 2016.
Neal Martin - The Wine Advocate, 28 February 2017
The supple-textured 2004 Chateau Margaux is reminiscent of the 2001 or 1999. It exhibits a superb blue/purple color to the rim as well as sweet aromas of flowers, blueberries, creme de cassis, licorice, and smoke, superb fruit intensity, medium body, classic elegance, and silky, sweet tannin in the long finish. This beauty can be drunk now or cellared for two decades or more.
Robert Parker Jr - Wine Advocate #171 June 2007