Peter Maude Fine Wines

2023, Château Margaux, MARGAUX, 1er Grand Cru Classé

$760 ex. GST
$874 inc. GST
Estimated full landed price – $925.75

Last Year EP $1125.00-

(1st Growth 1855)
Margaux is always impressive, whilst remaining fine and elegant. This is where we most often find the "Iron Fist in a Velvet Glove". It is certainly the most stylish, charming and sophisticated of the First Growths.
The 2023 Margaux is 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc, 5% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot.

The 2023 Château Margaux is fabulous. Sensual, silky and exceptionally polished, the 2023 Château Margaux is shaping up to be a classic. Seamless, silky tannins wrap around a core of dark red/purplish fruit. Hints of spice, new leather, menthol, liquorice and rose petal fill out the glass. There's a bit of new oak peeking through today, but that won't be an issue in a few years' time. Only Bordeaux can produce wines that offer so much flavour intensity at a low alcohols. Margaux is the least showy of the First Growths, but it is often the most refined. The 2023 is sublime.
97-100 Antonio Galloni, Vinous.

The aromas in this young Margaux are so primary, reminding me of grape must fermenting in the vat, then turning to perfumes and flowers. Violets and roses. Full-bodied but it comes across as so agile and bright, with vivid acidity that makes the wine crunchy and linear. As Alexis, one of the owners of Margaux said, this really shows the DNA of the estate. Weightless. One of the wines of the vintage.
99-100 James Suckling.

The 2023 Château Margaux immediately blossoms in the glass with irresistible crushed violets on the nose, instantly demanding attention—you will gladly give it. Exquisitely defined and very focused with supremely well integrated oak, this is blessed with laser-like precision. The palate is silky smooth on the entry, perhaps a little feistier than expected thanks to a liberal sprinkling of black pepper. Quite structured (like the Pavillon Rouge) and gentle, you can almost overlook its grip. It finishes with a concentrated, graphite-tinged finish that lingers long in the mouth. This First Growth will require ten years in bottle to really show what it is capable of.
97-99 Neal Martin.

Vibrant peony and ruby red colour, this hums with movement and energy through the palate, a complex bloom of lavender and white rose flowers, fresh and dense at the same time. Classical Margaux, with the savoury quality of the best wines of the year, a ton of fine tannins with a reserved sculpted architecture. The drinkability of this vintage is such a welcome return, and this is exceptionally good quality, and a real pleasure to taste. Superb winemaking from Philippe Bascaules.
98 Jane Anson.

The 2023 Château Margaux shows considerable promise, unfurling in the glass with aromas of cassis, violets, spring flowers and sweet tobacco, framed by a deft touch of new oak. Medium to full-bodied, deep and layered, it's taut, concentrated and classically structured, with sweet, refined tannins and lively acids, concluding with a long, mouthwatering finish.
95-97 William Kelley, Wine Advocate.

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