2004 Margaux

FRANCE / BORDEAUX / MARGAUX
  • 93 WA
  • 93 WS
  • 94 IWC
  • 88 JR
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 53554-2004-750-1A
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94

    ($225-$239) Bright red-ruby. Knockout nose features boysenberry, currant, cedar, graphite and mocha. Suave, gentle and sweet, already displaying ineffable inner-mouth perfume. The 17% merlot component injects a silky component, and the oak element adds a complementary sweetness. Complex, lush, horizontal finish saturates the mouth with flavor. It was not clear to me in April that the 2006 would exceed this-and it will certainly take longer to reach full maturity in bottle.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2007
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17

    Pretty low key on the nose. Easy to miss - there are no bells and whistles on this wine at four years old. In a very teenage phase at the moment. A little raw and unresolved. Medium weight. Just a slight lack of sweet fruit on the mid palate. It is certainly 2004 in character and has pretty good length, but there is a slightly green note on the finish.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

    Subtle and complex aromas of crushed raspberry, milk chocolate and cigar box. Full-bodied, silky and refined, with layers of fruit and seductive tannins. Very long. A Margaux with finesse and reserve. 12,500 cases made.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 93

    The supple-textured 2004 Chateau Margaux is reminiscent of the 2001 or 1999. It exhibits a superb blue/purple color to the rim as well as sweet aromas of flowers, blueberries, creme de cassis, licorice, and smoke, superb fruit intensity, medium body, classic elegance, and silky, sweet tannin in the long finish. This beauty can be drunk now or cellared for two decades or more.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Author: gd10102
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Author: riffmaker
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    Drink Dates: 2015-2030
    Author: Wingman
  • Self | Rating: 90

    e nose shows a pronounced cassis and ripe, black cherry character, high intensity. Medium+ body with graceful, complementing acidity and mild tannins for a considerably young wine. Well balanced and not over the top. Drinking well now and will continue for the next 10-15 years+ medium length.
    Author: BORDEAUXLICIOUS
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Purchased on release. Double decanted, recorked and served 8 hours later. Quiet nose explodes with Margaux florals and fragrances after 15 minutes in the glass, defining the flagship of the AOC. Swirling in more oxygen adds color, depth, and power. Red fruit turns black, and tobacco & graphite emerge. Medium-full, silky textured, long and beautiful. Not in a hurry.
    Drink Dates: 2014-2035
    Author: Miguel L
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Smoked cedar, mineral tinged currant and cured meat are pure poetry in a classy Margaux nose. Unfortunately the somewhat drying, slightly astringent tannins lacked the mid palate flesh to escalate this wine into the level it can consistently achieve, but there is no shortage of charm and finesse in this year?s effort.
    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

  • 2427 bottles owned
  • 325 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 93
    (Out of 325 collectors)