1980 Margaux

FRANCE / BORDEAUX / MARGAUX
abv 13.0%
  • 80 WS
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 53554-1980-750-3B
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 80

    Author: Harvey Steiman
  • Bordeaux Book(1998) | Rating: 88

    Margaux, along with Petrus, is unquestionably one of the best two wines produced in the 1980 vintage. This is a wine of uncommon power, concentration, richness, and beauty. It has a ruby color, fine extract, and a surprisingly long, supple palate. This medium bodied and still moderately tannic wine should continue to drink well for at least a decade.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Author: RDV
  • Self | Rating: 89

    It has a dark red, hazy core, this wine shows very little evolution in appearance which is quite impressive for the vintage. Decanted 1.5 hours, the nose shows cigar box, a slight green edge hinting at mint, loads of cassis fruit, violets and cedar. A beautiful and expensive nose. The palate shows a medium body, high acidity, the tannins are mostly resolved and mostly present towards the back end. There is plenty of fruit here but not all at optimum ripeness , the palate does not deliver the kind of complexity I expect from ChAÿteau Margaux from what is perhaps the worst vintage of the 80's. short on the finish.
    Author: BORDEAUXLICIOUS
  • Self | Rating: 90

    This is my second offering of my birth year wine and one that pleasantly surprised the group as the vintage was, we?ll say 'less than optimal.? From the pop of the cork, this high toned, expressive gem was pure poetry. Aromas of truffle shavings, lead pencil, bright red cherries, scorched earth and crushed rocks greet the taster in mature delight. Not only did the wine begin well, it persevered and gained a bit of depth as it aired
    Drink Dates: 04-01-2008
    Author: Brad Coelho
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.

White Bordeaux blends are most commonly composed of Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc, and come in a range of dry and sweet styles. Sémillon contributes body while Sauvignon Blanc adds high acidity, a characteristic that is particularly important in the sweet wines of Bordeaux.

Sauternes is one of the world’s most prestigious regions for sweet wine production, made possible by Sémillon’s affinity for noble rot. Wines from world-renowned Château d’Yquem are fermented and matured in new oak for up to three years and can age for decades in bottle. These wines display complex aromas of melon, honey, apricot, citrus peel, mango, and butterscotch and develop added complexity and aromas with age.

The best dry wines from this blend come from producers such as Château Haut-Brion, Château Pape Clément, and Domaine de Chevalier in Pessac-Léognan and Graves. These wines are typically fermented and matured in new oak and display a full-bodied richness with concentrated nutty flavors overlaying the fruit.

Due to its freshness and flavor profile, dry white Bordeaux blends pair well with almost any white food, including all types of fish, poultry, veal, and pork. The sweet wines of Bordeaux pair well with foie gras, oysters, blue cheese, spicy food (particularly Asian cuisines), any dish with sweet notes, and of course, dessert.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 154 bottles owned
  • 37 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 90
    (Out of 37 collectors)