2009 Ch Margaux
2009 Chateau Margaux:
A brilliant offering from the Mentzelopoulos family, once again their gifted manager, Paul Pontallier, has produced an uncommonly concentrated, powerful 2009 Chateau Margaux made from 87% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest primarily Merlot with small amounts of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. As with most Medocs, the alcohol here is actually lower (a modest 13.3%) than most of its siblings-. Abundant blueberry, cassis and acacia flower as well as hints of charcoal and forest floor aromas that are almost Burgundian in their complexity are followed by a wine displaying sweet, well-integrated tannins as well as a certain ethereal lightness despite the wine's overall size. Rich, round, generous and unusually approachable for such a young Margaux, this 2009 should drink well for 30-35+ years.
by Robert Parker, Issue #199, February 2012
--The Wine Advocate
CHÂTEAU MARGAUX Margaux 2009:
Understated in feel, but not for lack of depth or length, as this has beguiling and well-defined notes of black tea, sandalwood, singed vanilla bean and Kenya AA coffee, backed by gorgeously silky plum, blackberry and cassis fruit flavors. But the finish is so balanced, suave, gentle and long, it would be easy to overlook just how much range there is here. So be patient and let cellaring do its thing. Best from 2018 through 2035.
by James Molesworth, March 31, 2012
2009 Chateau Margaux Margaux:
(a blend of 87% cabernet sauvignon, 9% merlot, 2% cabernet franc and 2% petit verdot; pH 3.79; 13.3% alcohol; represents a stringent 36% selection) Good full ruby-red. Pure, ripe aromas of cassis, graphite and cedar, lifted by floral and mineral high notes. Dense and amazingly concentrated yet light on its feet, with compelling, extremely pure flavors of spicy blackcurrant, tobacco leaf and minerals. The extremely long, slow-building and wonderfully fine-grained finish offers an exhilarating combination of power and sweetness. This comes across as quite backward today yet is anything but austere. A real essence of Margaux's great terroir, and one of my favorite wines of the vintage. As I walked to the parking lot with Pontallier after the tasting, he said to me, "If people don't think this is one of the greatest wines I have ever made, then it means I haven't really understood anything in the last 30 years spent making wine." 97-100 points
By Ian D'Agata
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, May/Jun 10
--Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Château Margaux 2009 Red (Margaux):
95-97 Barrel sample. A beautiful wine, great elegance, delicacy and charm. The balance is perfect, with the freshest black currant character. At the center are dry tannins and solid texture.
by Roger Voss — (3/10/2011) — 96
Ch Margaux 2009 Margaux:
Only 6% Merlot. This was opened and decanted about an hour before the other wines that were served straight from the bottle. Very deep crimson. Very dark purplish. Pure and scented. Very classic. Toasty and fresh. Smooth and very Ch Margaux. Lift – and I'm not just talking about Paul Pontallier's heels. Dry finish. Quite elegant.
Rated 18+/20 - Drink 2016 to 2035
by Jancis Robinson MW, April 9, 2013
--Jancis Robinson - www.JancisRobinson.com
2009 CHATEAU MARGAUX MARGAUX:
The nose is out of this world, with lilacs, currants, blackberries, and blueberries. Full-bodied, with super silky tannins and savory fruit and amazing flavors of fine leather, blueberries, and sandalwood. The quality of the tannins are amazing, with creamy texture and bright acidity on the end. Such classic and classicism. Delicacy. Lasts for minutes on the palate. This is 13.2% alcohol. Best Margaux in bottle yet…will 2010 be as great? Try it in 2020.
by James Suckling, February 14, 2012
--James Suckling - www.JamesSuckling.com
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