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Private Cellar

Chateau Margaux 2003 (1 x 750mL), Margaux, Bordeaux.

$719

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Closed: 31/03/2020 8.30 PM AEDT

  • Condition: Cellared
  • Buyers premium 17.50%
  • GST: Inclusive
    (GST Not Applicable on Item, See below note)
Wine Summary Image

An extraordinary wine and undeniably one of the great wines of the Medoc, and qualitatively a wine that towers over what other estates produced in the appellation of Margaux, the 2003 Chateau Margaux is made in a style that almost mirrors Lafite Rothschild in 2003. Last year I thought it could represent a hypothetical blend of the 1990 and 1996, but the wine has taken on even more opulence and seductiveness in an almost atypical but still fragrant, elegant, classic Chateau Margaux personality. Dense ruby/purple to the rim with an extraordinary floral nose intermixed with blackberries, cassis, mineral, licorice, and some vanilla, the wine is dense, opulent, voluptuously textured, with wonderful sweetness (reminiscent of 1982 and 1990 in that sense), low acidity, but tremendous concentration and an almost seamless integration of all components – alcohol, tannin, new wood, and acidity. This is truly sumptuous stuff that should drink reasonably well young after 4 or 5 years in the bottle and age for 30+ years. Bravo!

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Region:
FRA - Bordeaux
State:
Imported
Country:
France

Expert Reviews

Am I being too stingy with the 2003 Chateau Margaux? A wine of extraordinary complexity and intensity, it reveals a deep purple color, a style not unlike the 1990 Margaux (possibly even more concentrated), a velvety texture, and notes of spring flowers interwoven with camphor, melted licorice, creme de cassis, and pain grille. Not a blockbuster, it offers extraordinary intensity as well as a surreal delicacy/lightness. There is riveting freshness to this offering, which tips the scales at a lofty (for this estate) 13.5% alcohol, as well as an alluring sweetness and accessibility. It probably will tighten up over the next few years. Nevertheless, it is a profound Chateau Margaux that brings to mind a hypothetical blend of the 1982 and 1990. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2035.

Rating 99 - Drink: 2004 - 2024 Robert M. Parker, Wine Advocate

Winery Profile

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Exceptional building and the most important wine estate in the village of Margaux in the Bordeaux wine region, and a First Growth in the 1855 classification.

Ch Margaux was one of the four New French Clarets captured in the Anglo-French wars at the beginning of the 18th century, and sold in the coffee houses of the City of London. Thomas Jefferson on his visit to Bordeaux in 1787 picked it out as one of the 'four vineyards of first quality'. Sequestered in the French Revolution after the execution of the owner, it was bought by the Marquis de la Colonilla in 1804 and rebuilt in the First Empire style, by L. Combes, as we know it today — the grandest Château of the Haut-Médoc. After passing through several hands, shares were bought by a Bordeaux wine merchant, Fernand Ginestet, in 1925, and the family share was slowly increased to give his son Pierre Ginestet complete ownership in 1949. Also a merchant, he was badly hit by the 'energy crisis' in the early 1970s and had to seek a buyer. The French government refused to allow the American conglomerate National Distillers to buy it, but in 1977, the Château was acquired by the French grocery and finance group Félix Potin, headed by the Greek André Mentzelopoulos, domiciled in France. A great deal of money was spent on restoring the neglected vineyard, chais, and mansion and Émile Peynaud was taken on as consultant. André Mentzelopoulos died suddenly in December 1980, and first his wife Laura and then his daughter Corinne took over control, assisted by Paul Pontallier, the young director who joined the estate in 1983 (coincidentally one of the property's most successful vintages). In 1992, in a complicated international deal involving Perrier mineral water, the Italian Agnelli family of Fiat motor cars became involved in ownership of the estate, but Corinne Mentzelopoulos remained in charge and took a personal stake in the property.

The 82 ha of dark grape varieties are planted with roughly 75 per cent Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, 20 per cent Merlot, and 5 per cent of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Average total red wine output is about 30,000 cases, of which the resurrected Pavillon Rouge de Ch Margaux is the excellent second wine. A hitherto somewhat uninspiring white wine Pavillon Blanc was transformed into an ambitious dry wine. It is made in a new and separate temperature-controlled cellar, with barrel fermentation, exclusively from Sauvignon Blanc grapes planted on 12 ha of separate vineyard.

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Other Information

  • 2003 vintage
  • 1 x 750mL unit
  • FRA - Bordeaux, Imported
  • Cork closure
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Bidding History

Bidding Details Bid Time Bid Price Bid Qty Win Qty
G.K - Newcastle East NSW29/03/2020 8.04.11 PM AEDTAU $719 11
D.L - Melbourne VIC27/03/2020 10.55.36 PM AEDTAU $714 10
P.H - Oak Flats NSW25/03/2020 1.58.06 PM AEDTAU $554 10
L.d - Floreat WA25/03/2020 7.41.59 PM AEDTAU $309 10
D.J - St Kilda VIC25/03/2020 2.51.37 PM AEDTAU $299 10
w.w - palmyra WA25/03/2020 12.50.09 PM AEDTAU $59 10
I.K - Leeming WA25/03/2020 10.25.22 AM AEDTAU $54 10
C.O - Parkville VIC25/03/2020 9.41.52 AM AEDTAU $49 10
H.D - Keilor VIC25/03/2020 9.05.56 AM AEDTAU $44 10
C.K - Rocklea QLD25/03/2020 8.55.15 AM AEDTAU $39 10
f.C - Sydney NSW25/03/2020 8.08.16 AM AEDTAU $34 10
F.H - Russell Lea NSW25/03/2020 1.16.51 AM AEDTAU $29 10
G.W - Chester Hill NSW24/03/2020 10.32.58 PM AEDTAU $19 10
L.D - Chatswood NSW24/03/2020 10.14.57 PM AEDTAU $14 10
V.T - sunshine west VIC24/03/2020 10.10.02 PM AEDTAU $9 10
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