Born under difficult conditions, Château Margaux 2013 is an example of how superb wines are often created in difficult years. With a disappointing Merlot harvest that year, we can expect a wine dominated by Cabernet, which has a balance and softness that are otherwise characteristic of Merlot; and of course this charm and finesse belong only to their terroir. What an excellent bad year!
Colour: Dark ruby garnet
Aroma: Fine notes of spice and precious wood on the nose, underlaid with black berries, delicate vanilla, some nougat, still cautious.
Palate: Fresh on the palate, red berries, silky tannins, salty mineral notes, subtle use of wood, lively and crisp, shows good drinking animo, very typical of Margaux, has classic characteristics.
Grape Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon 94%, Cabernet Franc 5%, Petit Verdot 1%
Awards: 91pts – Wine Spectator
History of Margaux
Château Margaux was known since the XII century, it was called “La Mothe de Margaux” (the Margaux mound) and, at that time, it didn’t have any vines. The old name didn’t happen by chance; in a flat region like the Médoc, the slightest “mound” was easily distinguished and the greatest wines are always produced on sloping land that ensures good drainage.
The successive owners of “La Mothe de Margaux” were, of course, important lords but we had to wait for the arrival of the Lestonnac family to set up the estate as we know it today. Pierre de Lestonnac succeeded, in the ten years from 1572 to 1582, in completely restructuring the property as well as the vineyard and anticipated the general evolution of the Médoc that had started to abandon cereal growing in favour of vines. At the end of the 17th century, Château Margaux occupied 265 hectares, land that wouldn’t be divided again. A third of the estate was dedicated to vines, which is still the case today.
At the beginning of the 21st century, Bordeaux wines are experiencing unprecedented success. This prosperity, as well as the rapid expansion of other regions in the world, has placed Château Margaux in a more competitive climate, and also allowed the underlining of its unique position: that of a First Growth classified in 1855, enjoying a terroir that has been shaped by the passing centuries.