High tannins and only moderate levels of fruit and ripeness suggest a troubled future for this wine. The color is a healthy dark ruby with some purple tints. The wine is austere, very lean, with a hint of underripe fruit, and the finish is dry, even attenuated. Unless more flesh and fruit emerge, this will prove to be even more disappointing than my score. Anticipated maturity: 2006-2015. Last tasted, 11/01.
Medium-full colour. Good depth here on the nose. Meatier than Brane-Cantenac.Medium-full body. Nice and rich. Good ripe tannins. Well-made. Even quiteconcentrated. Good plus. Drink 2004-2015
One of the oldest château in Bordeaux, this property was originally established in the 12th centuryby the Durfort de Duras family. In 1824, it was purchased by M. de Vivens who consequently addedhis own name. Over the years, it fluttered about various owners like a feather in the wind (including Château Margaux) until it landed in the palm of the Lurton family, Gonzagues Lurton to be exact.
Plump, silky and seductive are the words often used to describe wines from Margaux. Because of their style, they tend to be user friendly and more approachable when young. This is in part due to its terroir which is comprised of the thinnest soil as well as the highest proportion of chunky gravel in all of the Médoc. It drains well but also is it more susceptible to vintage variation. Margaux wines tend to have the highest proportions of Merlot within the core of the Médoc further adding to their ample roundness and openness. Margaux is home to the largest number of classified growths including its namesake first growth, Château Margaux, as well as third growths, Palmer and d'Issan.