The Margaux designation, located geographically as the most southern one of the Medoc, about 20 km from Bordeaux, is a protected designation of origin (PDO) of the left bank. Margaux is one of the most prestigious PDOs of Bordeaux covering an area of 1,488 Ha located in the 5 municipalities of Arsac, Cantenac, Labarde, Margaux and Soussans. The Margaux designation has 21 classified Grands Crus (in the 1855 famous ranking), for a total of more than 115 wines in the designation (almost half of which are related brands and second wines).
The white wines produced in these 5 municipalities are released under the Bordeaux PDO, because white grape varieties are prohibited in the AOC Margaux. The red wines are blend created from several grape varieties, the 2 main ones being Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The blend it is often completed by small proportions of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. The diversity of soils and the heterogeneity of Margaux wines may seem complex, but the great red wines of Margaux have a (world) reputation for finesse and the intensity of their aromas on the nose will immediately appeal to any wine connoisseur. The typical Margaux wine has a dark ruby color, seducing with the suppleness and silkyness of its tannins, accompanied by notes of liquorice, cedar, spices followed by a smoother texture compared to its neighbours located more to the north of the Medoc like Saint Julien or Pauillac wines. The finest Margaux are produced on the best-drained gravelly ridges (light soils) close to the river, sometimes resulting in less brilliant vintages in the hottest and driest years like 1982, 1990 and 2003. The aging capacity of the bottles of Margaux wines are generally less (10 to 20 years of cellar aging) than those of great Pauillac wines (except Chateau Margaux which can age up to 35 years and more). The lighter profile of Margaux red wines will go very well with game birds, veal or a leg of lamb, or even with St Nectaire, in terms of food and wine pairings.
Within the 21 Crus Classe of Margaux in 1855, one is the prestigious Chateau Margaux (1st Grand Cru Classe of the classification of Medoc wines of 1855) but also: Chateau Brane Cantenac, Dufort Vivens, Lascombes, Rauzan Gassies and Rauzan Segla (in second Grand Cru classified growths) then 3rd classified growths like D'Issan, Giscours, Kirwan, Malescot St Exupéry, Palmer, followed by 4th and 5th classified growths and Crus Bourgeois. Among the best vintages of the Margaux appellation are: 2015, 2010, 2009, 2005, 2000, 1996, 1990, 1986, 1983, 1961, 1959… Château Margaux has even twice obtained the maximum score of 100/100 from Robert Parker in 1990 and 2000. Buying a bottle of Margaux wine will be a safe bet, because the designation produces excellent bottles of great finesse, which will appeal to the most demanding palates.
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