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1979 Château Margaux

  • 91 WS
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 53554-1979-750

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  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 91

    Author: James Suckling
  • Bordeaux Book(1998) | Rating: 93

    This wine is just now reaching full maturity, much later than I initially expected. It is a classy, elegant example of Margauxpossessing a dark ruby/purple color, and a moderately intense nose of sweet black currant fruit intermixed with minerals, vanillin, and floral scents. The wine is medium-bodied, with beautifully sweet fruit. This linear, more compressed style of Margaux possesses a good inner-core of sweet fruit, and a charming, harmonious personality. Although not a blockbuster, it is aging effortlessly, and appears to take on more character with each passing year. Last tasted 12/96
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Anonymous | Rating: 93

    Author: Hanja
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Author: danielk168
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Auction bottle purchased a month ago from Acker Merrill. Did not decant. Wet cork, removed intact. Beautiful color, clear garnet, light rim. Nose is complex, flowers in a muddy field, and a bit of old, scraped leather. The first glass is totally clean, integrated and exquisite. Supple, balanced, and pronounced acidity with red fruit character. Medium-full bodied, but texture is sublime, tender. The finish vanishes, then returns after 10 seconds and persists, not letting you go. Indeed, it pulls you back to the glass. Wonderful to drink now, 30 years old before the turn of the decade. Margaux are so often defined by a knockout nose, the best among the Firsts, in my experience. This 1979, not as much as other vintages. But, the texture, balance and length more than compensate. And, absolutely gorgeous color, truly. A 30 year old first growth, from a vintage of no particular account. What a pleasure! There simply is NO substitute for time in the bottle from great terroir. Drink now, with pleasure.
    Drink Dates: 2009-2015
    Author: Miguel L
Chateau Margaux is one of the five First Growths ranked in the 1855 Bordeaux Classification. The neo-Palladian style chateau was built in the 18th century by architect Louis Combes for the Marquis de la Colonilla. Chateau Margaux has been well regarded in history and stands among Thomas Jefferson's favorite chateaux. Since 1977, the estate has been directed by the Mentzelopoulos family with winemaking team director Paul Pontallier, cellar master Jean Grangerou and consulting oenologist Emile Peynaud. The vineyards are primarily Cabernet Sauvignon (75%), with the balance composed of Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. In addition to the chateau's grand vin, the estate produces a second label called Pavillon Rouge de Chateau Margaux and Pavillon Blanc de Chateau Margaux, a white made from Sauvignon Blanc. Chateau Margaux's finest vintages include 1900, 1928, 1953, 1961, 1982, 1983, 1986, 1990, 1996, 2000, 2003, and 2005.

Margaux is often considered the most "feminine" of the First Growths. It is sensuous with fine tannins that give it a sense of clarity. The wine has dark berry aromas such as boysenberry or blackberries. The bouquet is characterized by ripe black currants, spicy vanilla and violets. A strong minerality is often found in the lengthy finish.

Chateau Margaux, featured in The World of Fine Wine: Chateau Margaux A Deux

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Located in the southwest of France, Bordeaux is the single largest fine-wine-producing region in the world, with more than 15,000 growers spread over 57 appellations and more than 700 million bottles produced annually. The region boasts a two-thousand-year winemaking history and some of the wine world's most recognized and highly sought-after names. Red Bordeaux blends comprise eighty percent of production, but dry and sweet whites are also well-known. The region is divided into the Left and Right Banks (of the Dordogne River); Cabernet Sauvignon prevails in the former and Merlot in the latter.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 432 bottles owned
  • 120 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 92
    (Out of 120 collectors)