Chateau Margaux 2006: A Highly Concentrated Margaux
The vines of Château Margaux, a 1st Classified Growth in the legendary Margaux appellation, are planted in gravel soils, which characterize the appellation. The blend of this wine is made from 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc. The grapes for the 2006 vintage were meticulously selected in the vineyard: only 36% of the entire harvest was used to make this Château Margaux’s grand vin (and if you take into account the losses from racking, just a third of the harvest made it into the wine.)
Château Margaux 2006 reveals elegant Cabernet Sauvignon aromas since the variety dominates the final blend. The tannins are plush yet fine-grained at the same time, and there is an intensely long, savoury finish. This powerful yet graceful balanced wine is the purest expression of Château Margaux’ terroir.
Parker : 94 / 100 J. Robinson : 18.5 / 20
Wine Advocate-Parker :
Tasted at Bordeaux Index's annual 10-Year On tasting in London.The 2006 Château Margaux has a sense of airiness and wonderful definition on the nose: wild strawberry, redcurrant, cedar and crushed roses soaring from the glass, but it never strives for the opulence of say the 2006 Château Palmer. The palate is very well balanced with fine and quite firm tannin in the mouth. This seems to be approaching its plateau after a decade. While not a powerful or ostentatious Château Margaux, it epitomizes understatement and refinement in a similar vein to Lafite-Rothschild. It is only after the wine has been swallowed that you appreciate its qualities and you feel urged to go back for another sip. Tasted January 2016.
Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Petit Verdot/Cabernet Franc