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Château Margaux, Cabernet Sauvignon, Bordeaux, France, 1959

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Overview of the Wine
Chateau Margaux, a Premier Grand Cru Classé Bordeaux, is one of the most famous wines in the world. Care has been lavished on the property by a line of owners with an abiding concern for the reputation of the estate.

For more than five hundred years, season after season, generations of vineyard-workers, grapeharvesters, cellar-workers, coopers and many other craftsmen have all played a part in making Chateau Margaux what it is today: a wine with an incomparable personality, reflected in the elegant Palladian building which adorns its label. In 1977, the estate was purchased by the late André Mentzelopoulos, and it is now run by his daughter, Corinne Mentzelopoulos.

Even before the beginning of the harvest, this vintage was acclaimed as "vintage of the century". It is true that in every part of France the summer had been exceptionally hot and dry in fact, not only Bordeaux but also Burgundy and Champagne had great success. The heat-wave during the harvest made the vinification difficult, and sometimes perilous, since few cellars at that time had equipment to cool the fermenting musts. It has sometimes been said that 1959 was the last great vintage of a bygone age; 1961 being the first one in the modern era.

An exceptionally good summer brought the grapes to remarkable ripeness. It rained a little before the harvest, then the fine weather returned and got even hotter than before. (The picking began 24th September)

Grape / Blend
Bordeaux Blend

Origin
Margaux, Bordeaux, France

Tasting Notes
Château Margaux 1959 is really a great wine, with a powerful, complex, very fine and elegant bouquet but a little less profound and rich than the 1961. On the palate, it is very concentrated, powerful, but rather less long and less smooth than the 1961. Without any question, it is a very great bottle, which should be enjoyed now. The magnums today are showing more freshness; they can be kept for a few more years.

93 Points - Vinous
The 1959 Château Margaux is the third or fourth bottle that I have encountered. This particular example comes across a little richer and as such, does not quite deliver the same precision. There is plenty of quite precocious, almost glossy red fruit, maraschino cherries and wild strawberry, interlaced by rose petal and iris scents. The palate is medium-bodied and just a little drier than previous bottles, yet I admire its Burgundy-like purity. It feels smooth and refined on the cedar-tinged finish. Delightful, although I know from first-hand experience that it can be better. Tasted at a private dinner in Beaune.

93 Points - Wine Spectator
Superbly balanced, with lovely, elegant fruit flavors. Quite succulent in style. Medium ruby-garnet, with an elegant, earthy strawberry aroma, balanced fruit and medium tannins.

Product size: 750ml

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