Originally a property only reserved for use by French royalty in the 12th century, ‘la Mothe de Margaux’ as it was then known, was as grandiose a property as Chateau Margaux is today.
This noble estate started its grand viticultural journey in 1572 and by 1855, and the great Classification, it was prized as being one of the top Medoc properties, earning the illustrious title of Premier (1er) Grand Cru Classe. Since the 1700s, not much has changed at the Chateau; the hectarage is approximately the same 80 hectares with winemaking remaining traditional unless innovation is particularly necessary. Remarkably, Chateau Margaux was the first Bordeaux estate to vinify their red and white grapes separately. Until the 18th century and estate manager Berlon, all grapes were mixed as a field blend producing a rather thin and insipid style of young wine. After Berlon, grape varieties were divided by type and colour in the vineyard and vinified separately to produce both white and red styles, thus increasing the longevity and quality of both. Of course, all other Chateaux then followed suit.
Chateaux Margaux is an icon. Precious, limited, mature and elegant. Timeless in its style and finesse. The 1999 is a very well polished wine with fine textures, supple tannins, lots of tertiary aromas and flavours alongside some ripe dark fruits. Tobacco, truffle, smoke, forest floor, coffee, cocoa, and cassis. It is silky smooth, rich and rounded and will still age gracefully at least until 2033. To taste the last of the Margaux 20th century vintages is to taste history. It shows that history is exciting and hugely pleasurable. History is alive in this Margaux 1999.
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