Wines by Country: Bordeaux - Margaux

  • Chateau Monbrison 2018 $96.99 $89.99
    This textured wine is full of dusty tannins, ripe black fruits and a sense of forward richness. Well balanced and fruity, with an open structure, this juicy wine will be ready from 2026.
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  • Chateau Labegorce 2016 $109.99 $99.99
    A very elegant and polished Margaux with great structure and an attractive touch of herbal freshness, then a delicate touch of sweetness at the long, fine finish.94 points Jeb Dunnuck. From an estate on the uptick and showing beautifully on two separate occasions, the 2016 Château Labégorce is a head-turner of a Margaux that’s based on 52% Merlot, 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot that was brought up in 45% new oak, with the balance in once-used barrels. Sexy notes of blackcurrants, black raspberries, crushed flowers, sandalwood, and incense all flow to a medium to full-bodied, fabulously textured Margaux that carries ripe tannins, loads of fruit and richness, and a great finish. Since arriving in 2009, Marjolaine de Coninck has resurrected this estate and the wines now play with the top in the appellation.94 points Vinous The 2016 Labégorce comes from a property that has really been getting its act together in recent years. It has a gorgeous, very pure blackberry, raspberry and pressed violet bouquet, almost understated, but there is real focus here. The palate is medium-bodied with grippy tannin and quite Pauillac-like in style, and there is impressive density on the finish. Wonderful. Look out for this. 94 points Wine Enthusiast This estate on the north side of the village of Margaux is performing at its peak. As befits the vintage it's a rich wine with big tannins. But it also has the style that characterizes a Margaux, with a smooth, perfumed aftertaste.93 points Decanter Deep, rich extraction, black cherry in colour with very well controlled aromatics of damson and creamy cappuccino. This is a gorgeous wine and there are going to be many many fans of the contemporary but utterly controlled and well judged flavours on display here. Luscious and big, but everything has a reason for being where it is, nothing superfluous. One of the best ever from this property. 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate The 2016 Labégorce is composed of 52% Merlot, 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot, aged in 45% new and 55% one-year-old French oak barrels. Deep garnet-purple colored, it leaps out of the glass with gregarious cassis, kirsch and black raspberries, candied violets, dark chocolate and spearmint. Medium-bodied, elegant, fresh and with exciting intensity, it delivers a fantastically long, fragrant finish.
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  • Chateau Dauzac 2016 $123.99 $119.99
    Tucked into the southern tip of the Margaux appellation in the commune of Labarde, home to Dauzac, Siran and Giscours, there are some increasingly interesting things happening here. This, for me, is one of the few Margaux that is clearly better than its 2015 counterpart. Planted to 63% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot, they have introduced a second wine for the first time in 2016 and unveiled new cellars, both helping to focus on upping selection for the main wine. You get a full and frank attack of powerful black fruits, tannins with an astringency and life that is extremely promising, and acidity that absolutely accompanies and plays off the other components. There is a slatey minerality and salinity on the finish. A wine to watch under the direction of Laurent Fortin. 92-93 points James Suckling Tight and chewy with polished tannins and a extremely deep and dense center palate of fruit. Minerally and intense too. Really fine and precise. A nice follow through after the excellent 2015. 90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate The 2016 Dauzac is a blend of 71% Cabernet Sauvignon and 29% Merlot picked at 45 hectoliters per hectare, picked 13 September and over the next 21 days, which is the longest ever at the property according to estate manager Laurent Fortin. The bouquet is tightly wound at first, then gently unfolds to reveal blackberry, briary, pressed flowers and light minty aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp tannin on the entry, quite firm in the mouth at first, but there is plenty of fresh, predominantly black fruit locked into this Margaux. It is taut and linear with a grippy finish. This is a strong follow-up to the 2015, perhaps without the same flair as the previous vintage, but I am certain that it will "loosen its tie" during élevage. 90-92 points Wine Enthusiast There's nice intensity here, with a beam of cassis and cherry preserves racing through, flecked with light anise and bay notes. Fresh acidity is nicely embedded on the finish. A restrained style, and sneakily long. Wine Spectator.
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  • Chateau Boyd-Cantenac 2017 $119.99 $114.99
    This wine is a Troisième Cru Classé of the Margaux appellation. Its vineyard covers an area of some ten hectares of siliceous gravel and is planted with vines over 40 years old: mainly Cabernet Sauvignon but also Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Château Boyd Cantenac 2017 has a beautiful dark purple colour with ruby on the edge of the glass. On the nose, it exhales a charming bouquet of cooked and jammy black fruits as well as notes of woodland and humid undergrowth. Château Boyd Cantenac 2017 is moderately full-bodied on the attack. The mid-palate is filled with ripe and juicy fruit, full of freshness and supported by soft and structuring tannins leading to an elegant, fruity finish with a subtle earthy touch.
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  • Chateau de Clairefont 2018 $61.99 $57.99
    Produced by the Chateau Prieure Lichine team, this wine is the exact excellent Margaux that we have been waiting for. Made with 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc this is a fine, voluptuous wine, seductive in its olfactory phase (blackberry, cassis, tobacco, chocolate, leather and smoke), and more structured on the palate yet retaining harmonious fine grained tannins.
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