chateau margaux premier cru classe, margaux 2010
ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
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2010 chateau margaux premier cru classe, margaux

Why We're Buying

Château Margaux belongs on the Mt. Rushmore of Bordeaux red wines. It is one of the five first-growth wine estates and touts the second-highest prices in Margaux. How much are people willing to spend? Someone once paid $225,000 for Château Margaux 1787 that previously belonged to former U.S. President Thomas Jefferson.

Critics Scores

ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

The 2010 is a brilliant Chateau Margaux, as one might expect in this vintage. The percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon in the final blend hit 90%, the balance Merlot and Cabernet Franc, and only 38% of the crop made it into the Chateau Margaux. Paul Pontallier, the administrator, told me that this wine has even higher levels of tannin than some other extraordinary vintages such as 2005, 2000, 1996, etc. Deep purple, pure and intense, with floral notes, tremendous opulence and palate presence, this is a wine of considerable nobility. With loads of blueberry, black currant and violet-infused fruit and a heady alcohol level above 13.5% (although that looks modest compared to several other first growths, particularly Chateau Latour and Chateau Haut-Brion), its beautifully sweet texture, ripe tannin, abundant depth and profound finish all make for another near-perfect wine that should age effortlessly for 30-40 years.