A red wine from Margaux with an exceptionally complex and strong character
Chateau Margaux is a Classified First Growth in the Margaux appellation. The terroir is typical of the region and has Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot grape varieties planted. 2016 proves to be a historical and miraculous vintage. Temperatures in winter were so mild, that the soil was able to build reserves for the beginning of the maturation cycle. Spring was quite cool. Flowering and the appearance of fruit occurred in the beginning of June. The exceptionally dry summer gave way to unexpected ripening just before the rain in mid-September. This relief allowed the vines to mature perfectly throughout October. This splendid finish to the growing season produced gourmet fruit, which gave the wine a silky texture.
2016 produced a powerful wine that is sweet thanks to its ripe tannins. The balance is perfect between acidity and alcohol. Chateau Margaux 2016 is not as the 2009 and 2010 vintages. It is similar to the 2005 vintage. A pure wine with racy tannins that will go down as an exceptional vintage thanks to its complex character.
Wine Advocate-Parker :
The 2016 Chateau Margaux is a blend of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc, plus 1% of Petit Verdot, representing 28% of the total production. This is the highest proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon apart from 2013, which was due to the poor Merlot. It was cropped around 50 hectoliters per hectare depending on the grape variety, for example it could be up to 65 hectoliters per hectare in some sectors. Lucid in color, it has a detailed and precise bouquet with mineral-rich blackberry, raspberry coulis and limestone scents. It feels very perfumed, though not powerful like many Grand Vins in 2016. The palate is a different creature to the aromatics. Here is the intensity of the vintage with shimmering black fruit laced with spice, a killer line of acidity and an irresistible crescendo on the finish. Then, graphite lingering on the aftertaste, a nod to Pauillac perhaps. The aftertaste is so long you could probably write a letter to your friend enthusing about this wine before the aftertaste fades. Doubtless it is destined to be compared to the magnificent 2015 Château Margaux and to be truthful, there's a hair's breadth between them. In a word: crystalline.