By Chateau Margaux
2016 Margaux from Chateau Margaux, Bordeaux, France
The esteemed Chateau Margaux has long stood regally amongst the celebrated vineyards of Bordeaux; its lineage of crafting fine wines is as rich as the terroir upon which its grapes flourish. At the heart of their collection, the 2016 Margaux from Chateau Margaux represents a vintage that harmonised the climatic whimsy with expert vinification, culminating in a wine that has peaked the interests of investors and connoisseurs alike.
The Quintessence of 2016
The cyclical nature of winemaking was benevolently reflective in the 2016 vintage—a year where Bordeaux's rhythm seemed to beat perfectly. A summer graced by long, languid days tempered by cool nights created an ideal environment to mature the Cabernet Sauvignon-led blend of Chateau Margaux's flagship wine. The result? A symphony in a bottle that articulates both power and finesse—a profound expression only possible in years when climate communes so favourably with vine.
An Ode to Elegance and Balance
The 2016 Margaux bespeaks an elegance that is bespoke to this exceptional vintage. It is a harmony of aromas, expressing ripe blackcurrants and violets, interlaced with subtle smoky undertones and exquisitely polished tannins—a testimony to the meticulous élevage it underwent. This vintage also marks an ascendant shift towards organic principles under the stewardship of Managing Director Thomas Do-Chi-Nam, adding an additional layer of investment potential to its growing legacy. The judicious blend here is not merely tasted; it is experienced, resonant with the depth and complexity characteristic of peerless Margaux terroirs.
For adepts seeking investable wines or collectors aiming to enrich their portfolios, the 2016 veneration for balance and poise found in this claret assures its position as one among the pantheon of collectables that transcends fleeting trends. Holding promise for cellar longevity, it demands consideration for those who seek both pleasure and prudence in their fine wine investments.
A Vintage To Commemorate
In summary, one cannot understate this narrative: the 2016 Margaux from Chateau Margaux is a vivid manuscript of the year's climate and craft. Its individuality emerges through layers of woven flavours and structural gracefulness—qualities endeavouring it to both hearts and cellars alike. Every sip echoes Bordeaux’s sublime capacities when stars align over vineyards—an astral alchemy captured within glass, reflecting back on a spectrum only describable as exquisite.
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Scores and tasting notes
A purity of fruit marks this Margaux with lots of currant and berry character. Full body, bright acidity and round tannins. It’s a larger and more expanded style of Margaux. A wine with a heart and body. Strong.
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, April 4th 2017
Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2016 Château Margaux (blended of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc, 2% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot) sashays out of the glass with glamorous red currants, candied violets, kirsch and crushed blackcurrants scents followed by notions of tilled black soil, forest floor, cast iron pan and cigar box with subtle wafts of lavender and oolong tea. Medium-bodied, mineral laced accents hover over the palate with an ethereal sensation of weightlessness, yet it is super intense with layers of red and black flavors supported by a firm texture of silt-fine tannins, finishing wonderfully fragrant and incredibly long.
Lisa Perrotti-Brown - The Wine Advocate, 30 November 2018
Sweet rich start and then very fresh. Seems a little bit marked by oak at the moment. Sinewy. Hint of chocolate - just like Palmer! Slightly drying tannins. Sandpaper on the end.
Jancis Robinson - jancisrobinson.com