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2011 Margaux

Colour: Red
Vintage: 2011
Appellation: Margaux
93-95 (NM)
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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2011 Margaux

93-95 (NM)
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2011 Margaux

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Region: Red Bordeaux
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2011 Margaux

93-95 (NM)
From £3,750 6/12 pack case(s) available

2011 Margaux

Size
Cs (12)
Cs (6)
Cs (3)
Loose
Price
Per
Region: Red Bordeaux
93-95 (NM)
BTL
1
4
0
0
£1,875
6
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On LiveTrade wines, as well as a selling price, we continuously quote a firm price at which we will buy the wine. These buying prices are displayed when you select the "In Bond" tab. Provided your wine is in excellent condition and stored professionally under bond, you can sell to us instantly. For even more trading options try the LiveTrade Dashboard.
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Case (12 x 75cl)
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Original Wooden Case
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£3,525.00
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£4,588.00
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£1,763.00
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£1,875.00
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Tasting Notes and Scores

94-97

Bordeaux Index

It feels dangerous to use too much hyperbole in a good-but-not-great vintage, but as with the Latour, the Margaux has really thrived in 2011. Probably the best tannins we've encountered so far which are just so, so supple and creep up gently on the drinker- a real 'silken glove'. Compared to the great Margaux of the last 20 years this may be on the light side but honestly, as classic claret goes, this is wonderful. Balance, freshness, power, elegance, sweet fruit, longevity- it really has it all. However, they are massively down on yields.

93

Wine Advocate

The renowned Chateau Margaux’s 2011 boasts a dark ruby/plum color as well as a fragrant perfume of spring flowers, sweet, supple, well-integrated tannins, medium body, and the elegance and nobility expected from a great first-growth. Although it is not as powerful or concentrated as the 2009 or 2010 (no 2011s are), it possesses finesse, elegance, purity and suppleness. The wine is surprisingly approachable already yet should keep for 15-20 years. 93 points – Robert Parker (Wine Advocate #212, April 2014)

93-95

Neal Martin

Representing 38% of the crop, the Grand Vin is a blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc. Harvest began 5th September with the earlier ripening Merlot and finished around the 20th. It has a very strict bouquet, very linear, a no-frills aromatic profile that delivers straight to the senses minerality, with touches of graphite and cedar from the intense Cabernet. The palate is medium-bodied with a more understated entry. The Cabernet is very pure right from the outset with blackberry, graphite, a saline tincture and a touch of black olive. It has a fine framework of taut tannins, beautifully composed as usual, with a finish that unlike 2009 or 2010, is very precise and linear, finishing off dry and abruptly. There is not a great long tail on the finish, but that would not suit this style of Margaux, one that is more masculine in style. – eRobertParker.com, May 2012

93-94

Michael Schuster

[86CS/10M/2CF/2PV] Beautiful, fragrant, subtly mineral nose, lingering, delicately fruity, subtly gravelly; very refined lively, linear, wine of moderate fruit concentration as such, but a great concentration of aromas; a particularly refined, dry tannin; a delicate, freshly sweet flavour, very gravel infused, a long, dry, subtle flavour, discreet, gently sapid, very ‘margaux’, just lacking a point in sweetness, but not mean, and with great aromatic length, an echo of the beautiful nose. Will be a wine to linger over and admire rather than be seduced by early in its life. 2025-40+ [M.Schuster, Bordeaux Mar/Apr 2012]

94

Wine Spectator

This has a restrained core of steeped plum, blackberry and anise, studded with tobacco and roasted cedar notes. The structure is silky but persistent, with an almost-succulent feel through the finish, while warm bergamot, singed cedar, vanilla and sanguine hints define the finish. Discreet today, but shows the balance and precision to unfold slowly with cellaring. Best from 2017 through 2030. – James Molesworth (WineSpectator.com, March 2014)

91

James Suckling

This is firm and tight with blueberry, wet earth and spice. Medium to full body and a medium finish. Needs to open. – jamessuckling.com, Nov 2015

17/20

Jancis Robinson

Bright dark crimson. Oaky/toasty sweetness on the nose initially. Gentle and juicy, a little lacking in freshness but really rather mellow and long on the finish. Drink: 2018-2032 – Julia Harding (jancisrobinson.com, Jan 2015)

933

Wine Lister

Quality 889 | Brand 998 | Economics 918 | buzz brand
Quality: Predicted life of 12 years, one of the longest drinking windows in its peer group for the 2011 vintage, which averages 8 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

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