Château Margaux 2011 1er Cru Margaux

The famous Château Margaux sits at the end of one of the most photographed lines of trees in the wine world. It makes arguably the most famous red wine in existence, from a meagre 85 ha of pristine vines spread across several plots in the heartland of Margaux. Balancing the power of Cabernet Sauvignon with a softness and beguiling succulence that is breath-taking at first sip, this is a claret Tour de force!
Main Grape:
Grape Mix:
86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc.
Sub Region:
Rich, bold and robust
Drinking Window:
Drink from 2020 through to 2032
Closure Type:
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Château Margaux

Château Margaux, a Premier Grand Cru Classé Bordeaux, is one of the most famous wines in the world. Care has been lavished on the property by a line of owners with an abiding concern for the reputation of the estate. For more than five hundred years, season after season, generations of vineyard-workers, grape harvesters, cellar-workers, coopers and many other craftsmen have all played a part in making Château Margaux what it is today: a wine with an incomparable personality, reflected in the elegant Palladian building which adorns its label. In 1977, the estate was purchased by the late André Mentzelopoulos, and it is now run by his daughter, Corinne Mentzelopoulos.

Tasting Notes

Deep garnet with purple hints. Trademark cigar box, cloves, white pepper, sensuous redcurrants on the nose. Silken black fruit on the palate with layers of complexity and exceptional length.

Food Matches

Lovely paired with a tender Chateaubriand, cooked to perfection, or even beef fillet, grilled with a dollop of pepper sauce and Bernaise potatoes

Press Comments

"Administrator Paul Pontallier is nearly embarrassed to explain the amazing success of the 2011 Chateau Margaux, a candidate for wine of the vintage. With the harvest occurring between September 5-20, it was the smallest crop in over twenty years as yields were cut significantly by the drought. The berries were tiny. Moreover, analytically, the 2011 has a higher level of concentration as well as tannins than the 2009. A blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot and the rest Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc, only 38% of the harvest made it into the grand vin. The wine offers an inky/purple color, barely noticeable sweet tannin, and a beautiful nose of creme de cassis, spring flowers and lead pencil shavings backed up by fresh acids and good overall structure. This medium to full-bodied effort possesses tremendous personality and character. It rivals what they achieved in both 2010 and 2009, which is virtually impossible to contemplate given the quality of those two vintages." Rating: 94-96+ Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, (Apr 2012)