1981 Château Margaux

  • 95 WS
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 53554-1981-750

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  • Bordeaux Book(1998) | Rating: 91

    In weight and texture, the 1981 Margaux is closest in style to the 1979. It is an outstanding wine, even in the company of the monumental wines of 1982, 1983, and 1986, although it does not have the power and weight of these vintages. It is still very dark ruby/purple-colored. The aromatics suggest ripe cassis fruit, spicy vanillin oakiness, and violets. On the palate, the wine is medium-bodied, concentrated, tannic, and extremely long. It is just beginning to open and evolve. Last tasted, 12/96.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 95

    The other wine of the vintage. Seriously powerful with fabulous color and mint, cassis and berry aromas and flavors. Has a full body and is tannic; still needs time to come around. --The Bordeaux 50.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Auction purchase, cork did its job, only just! Quiet nose, so gave it slow oxygen for 6 hours, no decant. Translucent ruby. Earthy barnyard aromas cleared out to reveal a fading garden of violets and worn saddle. Such evolved texture and integrated tannins, completely at ease in retirement. Long finish. All depends on the bottle at this point. A pleasure with an herb-roasted boneless leg of lamb.
    Drink Dates: 2010-2015
    Author: Miguel L
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Author: marv
  • Self | Rating: 92

    The 81 has a light red, semi-opaque core with a hint of orange and rust, fading slightly towards the rim. The nose screams of dried roses and perfume. Slightly hinting at oak, raspberries, red currant and sour cherry. A mature nose but by no means over the hill rather quite elegant and soft. Medium-bodied, hinting at forest mushrooms at first but with a little time in the decanter it is showing sweet currants and dark berry fruit. Elegant and complex with the tannins resolved and mild acidity, a nice balance over all. It lingers a while on the finish . This is drinking gracefully now, a very nice wine for the vintage.
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

See other similar producers:Chateau Pichon Lalande,Chateau Mouton Rothschild,Chateau Leoville Poyferre
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

  • 750 bottles owned
  • 166 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 91
    (Out of 166 collectors)