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2020 Margaux

By Chateau Margaux

2020 Margaux from Chateau Margaux, Margaux, Bordeaux

In the intricate tapestry of Bordeaux vintages, the 2020 Margaux from Chateau Margaux emerges with a poised finesse that speaks of the year's unique climatic narrative. This illustrious estate, etched indelibly into the annals of fine wine heritage, has once more articulated the subtle virtues of its revered terroir amidst the challenges posed by Mother Nature.

 

The Harmony of Climate and Craft

The growing season leading to this particular vintage was punctuated by swings from auspicious warmth to less clement wet spells, ultimately cultivating a climatic tension that finds its resolution in the elegance of this wine. The 2020 Margaux manifests the estate's adept management of its vines through unpredictable weather fluctuations. While elements of concentration might beckon speculations of robustness, on the palate it reveals an unexpected levity — a testimony to the masterful winemaking that finesses even the most virile fruit into something of genteel claret composure.

 

An Apt Investment

A contemporary marvel in investment-worthy wines, the 2020 vintage effuses an arresting bouquet where dark fruits interlace with florals and a whisper of minerality—a narrative spun from berries plucked at their zenith under Bordeaux's watchful skies. It whispers velvety tannins and a persistence which suggests not only immediate gratification but also promises a splendid evolution for those who choose to let these bottles repose in cellared seclusion.

The 2020 Margaux is layered yet lucid; it invites one to ponder over its enigma wrapped in an oenophile's riddle. With audacious finesse, it proffers an investment proposition as compelling as its bouquet. This vintage not only commands attention for its singular composition but also for the storied fibres of Chateau Margaux’s viticultural fabric it so exquisitely ensnares within each glass.

For connoisseurs seeking to diversify their portfolio with a wine that epitomises Bordeaux’s tenacious hold on excellence, despite adversities, the 2020 Margaux is a poignant symbol of resilience transformed into a liquid treasure.

Current market price

$8,400.00

12x75cl

Highest score

98

POP score

279.44

Scores and tasting notes

97-99

The 2020 Château Margaux is composed of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, accounting for 36% of the harvest. The alcohol weighs in at 13.5%, the IPT is 80 and the pH is 3.67. Displaying an opaque purple-black color, it needs a lot of air, time and patience to coax out the youthfully reticent nose of blueberry preserves, blackcurrant pastilles and Black Forest cake, followed by suggestions of lavender, clove oil, iron ore and menthol with wafts of star anise and candied violets. The medium to full-bodied palate is wonderfully opulent, featuring tightly wound yet beautifully pure layers of black fruits and earthy nuances within a solid structure of firm yet velvety tannins and exhilarating freshness, finishing with very long-lingering earth and mineral notes. Another stunning expression of the vintage by Philippe Bascaules and his team—bravo!

Lisa Perrotti-Brown - The Wine Advocate, 20 May 2021

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