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Chateau Margaux Vertical Collection
Sited within the commune of Margaux on the left bank of the Garonne in Medoc north of Bordeaux, Chateau Margaux is arguably one of the finest and most magnificent estates in the region. The property’s facade is an iconic neo-Palladian mansion that dates to the 19th century, but its winemaking history goes back even further.
Archives reveal that during the 18th century, the estate comprised 265 hectares, with about a third devoted to planting grapes and making wine (the layout of the property has changed little since). It stood out from its peers for offering a wine reputed for its complexity and concentration; by 1771, Margaux became the first estate to have its wine sold at Christie’s, five years after the auction house held its first sale in London, according to official records. The wine gained international renown and won the acclaim of numerous important figures, most notably Thomas Jefferson who declared Margaux’s vineyards as among those of first quality. In 1855, Margaux’s wine became one of four to achieve premier cru status in the historical Bordeaux classification, further bolstering the fame and prestige of the estate.
Through the 19th and 20th century the estate changed hands numerous times before it was eventually acquired in the late-1970s by French grocery and finance group Felix Potin headed by Andre Mentzelopoulos. Unfortunately, Mentzelopoulos did not live to develop the estate further — the role was handed down to his daughter Corinne, who then hired Paul Pontallier to oversee production, a brilliant move that reinstated Margaux to its former glory. The current technical director is Sebastian Vergne, who took over the baton after Pontallier left in 2015.
The property currently has over 80 hectares planted mostly to Cabernet Sauvignon, followed by Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot. In addition to its grand vin Chateau Margaux and its second wine Pavillon Rouge du Chateau Margaux, the estate also produces a Pavillon Blanc made entirely from Sauvignon Blanc. Approximately 30,000 cases of red wine are produced annually, with the grand vin constituting about 40 per cent of the total output.
The grand vin in particular is critically acclaimed the world over for its remarkable attributes, and is essential to a connoisseur’s collection. Delicate, perfumed, and elegant, the youthful charm of the wine belies its longevity, as decades of maturation has proven to reward with extraordinary complexity and balance.
With this Chateau Margaux Vertical Collection, wine connoisseurs can now possess a piece of the prestigious estate’s history. The collection offers one bottle of each vintage from 1945 to 2010, affording not only a taste of some of Margaux’s most legendary vintages but also a testament to the wines’ spectacular ageing potential.Read More
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