Classified Bordeaux: Margaux

Margaux is considered one of the jewels of Bordeaux, being the first of the cru classé villages you reach as you drive north from the city into the Haut-Médoc. During the Gallo-Roman period, vines began to appear in Margaux around the same time as they did in the areas surrounding the city of Bordeaux. Despite mentions of Margaux in texts in the early eighteenth century, it was not until the end of that century that the vineyard owners became conscious of the value of their terroirs. It was Château Margaux that really put the appellation on the map. In the middle of the eighteenth century, it was the proprietor of the château, Monsieur de Fumel, the military governor of Bordeaux, who planted it with fine, carefully selected vines that quickly made the estate’s name. It is hard to believe, but the appellation was not officially recognized and defined until almost a century after the 1855 classification. The vineyards are on a vast plateau about 2 miles long and a little more than a mile wide surrounded by gravel crests. The gravel soil is interspersed with pebbles and covers limestone and clayey-marl layers and is considered to be one of the best gravel areas of the Haut-Médoc. The plateau is protected both by the gravel crests and the forests to the west, impeding the harsh weather off the Atlantic. The excellent drainage both due to the type of soil and the slight inclines allows an opportunity for the vines to go deep to find the water it needs during the growing season. The appellation allows only red wine and encompasses five communes: Margaux, Cantenac, Soussans, Arsac, and Labarde.

  • Chateau Rauzan Segla 2006

    Robert Parker (Wine Advocate #181 February 2009)
    Rating:93
    Drink: 2012 - 2025

    "On the same qualitative level as this estate’s brilliant 2005, but with slightly less sucrosite, this blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 44% Merlot, and the rest Petit Verdot, exhibits a 1986-like personality ,a very successful vintage at Rauzan Segla. Its deep ruby/purple hue is accompanied by sweet aromas of bay leaf, black currants, licorice, truffles, and a touch of toast, dazzling fruit, and plenty of ripe, but not astringent tannin. This is a medium to full-bodied, classic, pure, surprisingly approachable Rauzan Segla that will be at its finest between 2012-2025+."

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    • Chateau Giscours 2006

      Robert Parker (Wine Advocate #181 February 2009)
      Rating:88
      Drink: 2009 - 2024

      "Herbaceous, earthy, truffle notes intermixed with sweet cherries, plums, and currants are present in this soft, medium garnet wine, which is surprisingly evolved and best drunk over the next 10-15 years. I like the wine’s plushness, and the concentration is certainly very good, but this is on a fast evolutionary track."

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