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Château Margaux 2013
1st Grand Cru Classé in 1855
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The Château Margaux is an unmistakable name in the Bordeaux vineyards, whose prestige and reputation have long extended beyond the borders. Known under the name of "La Mothe de Margaux" since the 12th century, the great quality of its wines was recognized at the beginning of the 15th century thanks to the vinification work of the steward Berlon, who separated the red grapes from the white grapes and succeeded in distinguishing the best plots. Then in 1784, this wine seduced Thomas Jefferson, future president of the United States and then ambassador of France. In the early nineteenth century, Château was destroyed by its owner at the time, the Marquis de la Colonilla Bertrand Douat, who rebuilt it as we know it today with its Ionic peristyle, monumental staircase and classical façade.
The consecration of Château Margaux comes when it attains the rank of Ier Grand Cru Classé in 1855, a distinction it shares with 4 other great Bordeaux names: Château Lafite Rothschild, Château Haut-Brion, Château Latour, and Château Mouton Rothschild since the single revision of the classification in 1973. The Margaux appellation was not created until 1954, inspired by the impeccable excellence of the eponymous Château.
Owned since 1977 by the Greek Mentzelopoulos Family, the Château Margaux today watches over a vineyard of 82 hectares, 70 of which are dedicated to the production of red wines. The average age of the vines is 35 years, with the grape variety consisting of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc.
The wines of Château Margaux are the result of a drastic selection designed to keep only the best of the crop, aiming to be full-bodied and opulent, with great length and unparalleled refinement.
Critics Château Margaux 2013.
Description Château Margaux 2013.
The 2013 vintage was a challenging wine year for the Bordeaux vineyard. The spring was rather cool, resulting in a delay in the flowering of the vines, but luckily the summer drought allowed the grapes to ripen at a good pace. September was relatively dry and wet at the same time, so the technical teams at Château Margaux adapted to carry out the harvest as calmly as possible.
Blend of the 2013 vintage: 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot.
The robe is a deep red color, decorated with bright and discreet tiled reflections.
The nose reveals a lot of finesse and a very nice freshness, with aromas of ripe black fruits, sweet spices and cardamom, completed by a floral perfume of faded rose.
The attack is supple, the wine reveals a full texture with finely chiseled tannins. Evolving on a lot of balance and freshness, it is supported by a nice acidity and reveals very persistent flavors of mint and black pepper. The finish is long, racy and seductive.
Food and wine pairing:
Château Margaux 2013 will pair perfectly with roast pigeon with trumpets, truffled veal mignon cooked with string, rack of lamb confit or beef tenderloin in a Madeira crust.
For a pairing with cheeses, choose pressed and uncooked cheeses: cantal, old mimolette, morbier, saint-nectaire and tomme de Savoie.
For desserts, enjoy it with a tiramisu, a chocolate bavarois or praline macaroons.
Cellaring potential and tasting:
Château Margaux 2013 can wait in the cellar for another five to ten years to reach its peak between 2028 and 2032.
However, it is perfectly ready to be enjoyed now. To do so, take care to place the bottle in the serving room at room temperature the night before. Open it and decant it at least 4 to 5 hours before tasting.
The bottles will be kept in the cellar protected from the light, lying down, at an optimal hygrometric degree of 70%.