Bordeaux

2008 Margaux

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A generous, subtle, cassis-led wines with floral edging, the epitome of elegance. It manages to achieve persistency and length in a vintage where this wasn't a given. This is what you are paying the money for; the ability to still deliver a combination of concentration and freshness, year on year. The layers here are more subtle than in some vintages perhaps, but they still perform that rather clever trick of slowly but surely building up over the course of the palate, one extra sleight of hand at a time, until you are fully enveloped. Read more
Critic Reviews
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96 POINTS
Jane Anson - Decanter

A generous, subtle, cassis-led wines with floral edging, the epitome of elegance. It manages to achieve persistency and length in a vintage where this wasn't a given. This is what you are paying the money for; the ability to still deliver a combination of concentration and freshness, year on year. The layers here are more subtle than in some vintages perhaps, but they still perform that rather clever trick of slowly but surely building up over the course of the palate, one extra sleight of hand at a time, until you are fully enveloped.

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94 POINTS
Robert Parker - Wine Advocate

This is a stunning Chateau Margaux, made in a sexy, up-front, elegant style, with deep creme de cassis fruit intermixed with spring flowers, a solid inner core of richness and depth, but again, very sweet tannins as well as striking minerality and elegance. One of the most seductive Chateau Margauxs given its recent bottling, this blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, and the rest tiny quantities of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot should drink beautifully for the next 25-30 years. Remarkably, a mere 36% of the entire production was selected for the 2008 Chateau Margaux.

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94 POINTS
Neal Martin - Vinous

The 2008 Château Margaux has an attractive bouquet of mulberry, red plum, briary, a hint of rose petal rather than its signature note of violets. It gains intensity with aeration, but to my surprise it feels quite forward for a 10-year old First Growth. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, quite Pauillac in style thanks to that graphite seam that surfaces towards the finish. It is a precise, classic Château Margaux that really delivers its intensity in the final quarter. I came away with the impression that it just does not quite slip from fourth to fifth gear. (Tasted at BI Wine & Spirit’s annual 10-Year On tasting.)

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93 POINTS
Stephen Tanzer - Vinous

Deep ruby. Complex nose melds blackberry, minerals, bitter chocolate, graphite and violet. Suave and deep on entry, then fresh and alive in the middle palate, with compelling sweetness and intensity to the black cherry, smoky mineral and tobacco flavors. The smooth finish is long, intense and irresistible. At once serious and sexy.

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91 POINTS
Wine Spectator

Shows a lightly sinewy edge, with coiled notes of damson plum, red currant preserves, rooibos tea, singed balsa wood and iron, lacking the vintage's typical crisp edge. The fine-grained finish is approachable already, but this will age gracefully and should develop a more perfumed than rich profile.--Non-blind Château Margaux vertical (December 2013). Drink now through 2020.

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Richard Hemming MW - JancisRobinson.com

Potent oak giving smoke and charred-meat aromas, as well as plush, polished black fruit and loads of savoury liquorice character. Long and smooth and persistent, with a great sense of intensity without excess volume. Score: 18/20

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Jancis Robinson MW

Tasted blind. Sweet, rather oaky and simple. Loose texture. Could be Lafite but it does not have much conviction. Hint of seaweed. Not that intense. Score: 16.5/20

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Jancis Robinson MW

Relatively pale ruby. Intensely Cabernet on the nose. Very grown up. Not overtly sweet nor green. Very sophisticated. Just a bit chewy and light on the end. Score: 17/20

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Tasting Notes

The 2008 is a very fine Château Margaux, it displays a nose of great finesse and purity, and it is as deep and charming as the 2004. What really amazes us is its power on the palate: we never expected such density, length and richness . The tannins are superb! They give the Château Margaux 2008 a very tight-grained texture, wonderful length, and a more classic personality than previously thought. Ideally, wait a few more years before starting to drink it. (October 2018)

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Winemakers Note

Château Margaux, a founding Premier Cru Château Margaux is more than a major or even essential growth. It is a founding growth, since the imagery around it had such a decisive influence in shaping the very idea of how a Grand Vin should exist over time and space. Château Margaux’s renown stem equally from the intrinsic genius of the location as from the contributions made by the people who have served it for five centuries. Corinne Mentzelopoulos is one of those personalities that will leave a indelible mark on the great history of Château Margaux. She has been presiding over the destiny of the estate since her father tragically passed away in 1980. She has honored this heritage, vintage after vintage, all the while questioning herself with the aim of projecting Château Margaux into the future. Although the fascinating destiny of Château Margaux has been marked by its people, it is above all the wines which are the greatest testimony. 2021, is part of this lineage and comes to write, by its singularity and its complexity, its own page of history.

No vintage between 2004 and 2008 with the notable exception of course of 2005, had glorious weather during the month of August; still, every year, the grapes have ripened (particularly those in the great terroirs), thanks to fine weather in September. 

But other positive factors might not be obvious: in 2008 the July drought and the nice weather from mid-September onwards probably limited the consequences of the regular and light August showers. There are no miracles, just ignorance... As always it is our drastic selection which brings out the true spirit of a vintage. 2008 is no exception to the rule. The first wine only represents 36% of the crop (31% at bottling, once the wine has lost its lees due to the rackings during the aging in barrel).

Each grape variety plays its harmonious part in the blend: our best Merlot (10%) brings more power, fatness and flesh than it did in 2006 or 2007; the Cabernet Sauvignon (87%) is as usual the heart and the soul of the wine. Not forgetting the Cabernet Franc (1.5%) and the Petit Verdot (1.5%) whose modest presence does not truly reflect their influence in the blend. The 2008 is a very fine Château Margaux, it displays a nose of great finesse and purity, and it is as deep and charming as the 2004. What really amazes us is its power on the palate: we never expected such density, length and richness . The tannins are superb! 

They give the Château Margaux 2008 a very tight-grained texture, wonderful length, and a more classic personality than previously thought. Ideally, wait a few more years before starting to drink it. (October 2018)

After quite a dry winter, spring was cool and damp; in fact it was so chilly at the beginning of April that we used our anti-frost sprays on April 7th at Virefougasse, our Sauvignon Blanc plot. May was particularly wet, which increased the risk of downy mildew at a time when the vines were most vulnerable, so that for the second year in a row, we had to carefully monitor the health of the vines. Nevertheless we continued our research on alternative solutions to chemical sprays; the conditions provided us with an ideal opportunity to do so. The flowering began at the very beginning of June, right on the normal date, although it was partly affected by heavy rains, which were no doubt responsible for the coulure and millerandage observed in some of the Merlot plots. Also, the vines showed fewer potential grapes than last year, so we knew that we were in for a smaller crop. The weather was cool throughout the summer, with temperatures around two degrees below average in July, August and September. July, however, was very dry with barely 10 mm (0.4 of an inch) of rain, whereas in August and up until September 15th, it rained regularly. This chilly and humid weather slowed the color transformation of the grapes and their ripening process while it gradually affected our spirits…

 

 

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