By Chateau Margaux
The 2009 Margaux from Chateau Margaux, Bordeaux, France
In the pantheon of Bordeaux wines, the 2009 vintage from Chateau Margaux emerges with a stature that commands respect and fascination amongst oenophiles and investors alike. It is a vintage that simultaneously encapsulates the historic precision of its terroir and the fortuitous alchemy of an outstanding year.
An Enchanting Vintage from a Noble Lineage
Chateau Margaux, with its centuries-old pedigree, has outdone itself with the 2009 Margaux. This vintage was caressed into existence by a growing season that winegrowers dream of: a mild spring followed by a gloriously warm summer and a dry September allowed for fruit with optimal ripeness and concentration. The providence of climatic conditions in this specific year gave rise to not only one of the most investable vintages but also an intoxicating sensory experience.
A Tapestry of Complexity
Upon decanting, the 2009 Margaux from Chateau Margaux exudes an aromatic bouquet—a mélange of blackberry, cassis, and subtle floral notes interwoven with the more earthy essence of truffles and wet pine. On the palate, it unravels with generous layers of velvety tannins and a balance that calls forth reverence. With a finish that persists like the last resounding note of a grand symphony, this wine imprints itself on the sensorial memory.
The acute mastery of vinification at Chateau Margaux is on full display here; each sip reveals more about its story, how every element—fruit density, acid structure, tannin quality—dances in precise choreography honed over decades.
This 2009 vintage, much like its predecessors at the zenith of their craft, continues to showcase remarkable ageing potential. When sipping this dignified drop, one is not just tasting what's in the glass presently; one is communing with the promise of profound elegance years down the line—an enticing prospect for connoisseurs and investors.
Indeed, when one thoughtfully adds bottles or cases of the 2009 Margaux from Chateau Margaux to their portfolio, they are investing in more than just exquisite wine—they are securing a legacy that will unfurl its narrative with every uncorking. It will undoubtedly remain one of the most talked-about treasures—a quintessential jewel in Bordeaux’s vinous crown.
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Scores and tasting notes
The nose is out of this world, with lilacs, currants, blackberries, and blueberries. Full-bodied, with super silky tannins and savory fruit and amazing flavors of fine leather, blueberries, and sandalwood. The quality of the tannins are amazing, with creamy texture and bright acidity on the end. Such classic and classicism. Delicacy. Lasts for minutes on the palate. This is 13.2% alcohol. Best Margaux in bottle yet…will 2010 be as great? Try it in 2020.
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, February 14th 2012
A brilliant offering from the Mentzelopoulos family, once again their gifted manager, Paul Pontallier, has produced an uncommonly concentrated, powerful 2009 Chateau Margaux made from 87% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest primarily Merlot with small amounts of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. As with most Medocs, the alcohol here is actually lower (a modest 13.3%) than most of its siblings-. Abundant blueberry, cassis and acacia flower as well as hints of charcoal and forest floor aromas that are almost Burgundian in their complexity are followed by a wine displaying sweet, well-integrated tannins as well as a certain ethereal lightness despite the wine's overall size. Rich, round, generous and unusually approachable for such a young Margaux, this 2009 should drink well for 30-35+ years.
Robert Parker Jr - Wine Advocate #199 February 2012
The 2009 Château Margaux is deep garnet in color and features wonderfully fragrant minted cassis, lilacs, Black Forest cake and oolong tea scents with touches of pencil shavings and dusty soil. Medium to full-bodied, it has a firm, grainy frame with lovely freshness lifting the perfumed fruit to a very long, mineral-laced finish.
Lisa Perrotti-Brown - The Wine Advocate, 14 March 2019
Served blind at the Southwold 2009 tasting. The Margaux '09 has stunning precision and focus on the nose: classic Pauillac with blackberry, crushed stone, a sense of Alpine freshness. Vivacious and penetrating, this is a bouquet that stops you in your tracks. The palate is medium-bodied with sweet ripe blackberry and briary fruit, struck through with citrus lemon and orange zest. The finish is confident and exuberant, lingering for at least a minute in the mouth. Tasted January 2013.
Neal Martin - Wine Journal Jul 2013