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THE TOP 100 COLLECTIBLE WINES

#12 - 2010 Chateau Margaux Bordeaux

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One of the only four Premier Cru First Growth estates from the 1855 Bordeaux Classification, Chateau Margaux has decades of experience in picking its tiny harvests at exactly the right time, and aging its wine to develop full, smoky flavors. Margaux still holds the world record for making the most expensive bottle of wine ever accidentally broken, a 1787 vintage that was insured for $225,000.

At 90 percent Cabernet Sauvignon with a balance of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot, the 2010 Margaux vintage has a heavier Cabernet Sauvignon base than its typical 75 percent Cabernet blends. Cabernet Sauvignon grapes had a particularly good year in 2010, which affected the choice to change the varietal distribution of this blend.

International collectors are buying more vintages from Margaux, especially from 2010 and 2009, than ever before. The weather in 2010 produced a miniature drought that allowed for some of the slowest-growing Margaux grapes of all time. As the weather cooled down later in the season, the grapes' acidity grew, giving the 2010 Margaux a balanced, intense flavor and long aging potential.