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2010 Margaux

Colour: Red
Vintage: 2010
Appellation: Margaux
100 (JS)
One of the most famous names in the world of wine, the quality of Chateau Margaux has been well documented since the 18th century, with British Prime Minister Sir Robert Walpole and US Ambassador Thomas Jefferson among its followers. Despite an amazing effort in 1953, the wines of Chateau Margaux struggled for several decades during the 20th century to achieve the same level of quality it had previously become famous for. It wasn't until the purchase of the estate in 1977 by the Mentzelopoulos family, and the 1983 appointment of Paul Pontallier as manager, that the fortunes of this great estate turned around. Andre Mentzelopoulos invested huge amounts of money into the estate and the results were almost immediate with a stellar wine produced in 1978. When Andre passed away suddenly shortly after, it was left to his 25-year old daughter Corinne to take over - and alongside Pontallier she created a modern legacy for the estate with three and a half decades of brilliant vintages. After Paul Pontallier’s tragic death in early 2016, Philippe Bascaules took over as General Manager and the estate continues to thrive. As Neal Martin summarises: “The fundamental virtue of a great Château Margaux is poise; the way it tiptoes on the palate like a ballerina, full of strength and grace.”

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2010 Margaux

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2010 Margaux

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2010 Margaux

100 (JS)
From £6,250 6/12 pack case(s) available

2010 Margaux

Size
Cs (12)
Cs (6)
Cs (3)
Loose
Price
Per
Region: Red Bordeaux
100 (JS)
BTL
1
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£6,250
12
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Tasting Notes and Scores

99

Wine Advocate

The 2010 is a brilliant Chateau Margaux, as one might expect in this vintage. The percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon in the final blend hit 90%, the balance Merlot and Cabernet Franc, and only 38% of the crop made it into the Chateau Margaux. Paul Pontallier, the administrator, told me that this wine has even higher levels of tannin than some other extraordinary vintages such as 2005, 2000, 1996, etc. Deep purple, pure and intense, with floral notes, tremendous opulence and palate presence, this is a wine of considerable nobility. With loads of blueberry, black currant and violet-infused fruit and a heady alcohol level above 13.5% (although that looks modest compared to several other first growths, particularly Chateau Latour and Chateau Haut-Brion), its beautifully sweet texture, ripe tannin, abundant depth and profound finish all make for another near-perfect wine that should age effortlessly for 30-40 years.

Robert Parker (Wine Advocate #205, Feb 2013)

97

Neal Martin

The 2010 Château Margaux performed far better at this horizontal than at Farr's blind tasting a few days later. It has a beguiling bouquet, highly perfumed with crushed violets infusing the blackberry and crushed strawberry scented, hints of pencil box and cedar emerging with time. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins and a fine bead of acidity. There is a wonderful sense of symmetry here with a silky elegant finish that is amazingly persistent. It is one of the best wines that Paul Pontallier ever made. Tasted from an ex-château bottle at the BI Wines & Spirits 10-Year On tasting.

100

Michael Schuster

1st Growth Margaux (36% harvest,13.1%) [90CS/7M/1.5CF/1.5PV] A heady presence of freshly ripe, sweet black fruit and fresh almost smoky aromas; richly constituted, perfectly balanced, so gently fresh, so fine in its firm tannins; an impression of density and mass without weight, sweet and pure and (the tannin index notwithstanding) with a tannin texture so fine as to be almost imperceptible; an effortlessly rich yet effortlessly fresh sweetness of taste alongside a mouthcoating fragrance, As prolonged to finish as it is to taste. A very burgundian style of power and delicacy, density and lightness, extraordinary transparency. The perfect image of great quintessential Margaux. 1953 (in particular) and 1959 are the closest I can think of in terms of style and quality. Magnificent, certainly one of the wines of a (largely) very great vintage. It doesn’t feel as though it will close up either.... 2025-55+ The 2009 and 2010 will make a quite magnificent pair. Absolutely beguiling. [M.Schuster, Bordeaux Mar/Apr 2011]

98

Wine Spectator

Liquid velvet, with stunning length and a caressing mouthfeel, as layers of creamed plum, blackberry coulis and steeped black currant fruit glides along, seamlessly intertwined with black tea, mulled blood orange, incense and lilac. Hints of mesquite and alder hang subtly in the background, and the structure, evident and massive, has melded wonderfully.—Non-blind Château Margaux vertical (December 2013). Best from 2018 through 2040. 10,830 cases made.

– James Molesworth (WineSpectator.com, Web only 2014)

100

James Suckling

This was phenomenal from barrel and remains so. The aromas are spellbinding. It smells like a bouquet of pink roses and then goes to currants, berries and citrus. Full body, with wonderfully refined tannins. It starts discretely and then grows to different levels and dimensions like a slow but big high tide. The texture is so beautiful. Try it in 2020 or beyond.

– jamessuckling.com, November 2013

982

Wine Lister

Quality 984 | Brand 998 | Economics 951 | buzz brand
Quality: Predicted life of 19 years, one of the longest drinking windows in its peer group for the 2010 vintage, which averages 11 years Brand: Strong restaurant presence, featuring on 44 of the world's top wine lists, including Lung King Heen Economics: More traded at auction than its peers, its top 5 vintages having seen 4,675 75cl equivalent bottles traded in the past year Production: Higher production than its peer group average of 112,956 bottles

- www.wine-lister.com June 2017

99

Decanter

As we head out of Pauillac, you feel the register change. It takes a heartbeat to adjust, but then you start to see the beauty of a different style of 2010, a little more elegant, a little more sculpted, with concentration that sits deep in the body of the wine but builds more slowly through the palate. This shows the beauty of the appellation of Margaux in the way that you always want and hope the First Growths will - a signpost towards the rest, showing why they should be celebrated. Here are violet aromatics, soft black truffle flavours and silky, elongated tannins. Extremely good quality; fairly savoury berry fruits. As with all of these, there's a long long life ahead of it, and best to be put away for another five years at least. Drinking Window 2025 - 2050
Tasted by Jane Anson (at BI London, 30 Jan 2020)
Part of Bordeaux 2010: The top rated wines tasted 10 years on

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