Medoc crus classes 2009
Château Margaux, Margaux 1CC
Decanter average score: 18.75pts/20 (95+/100pts)
Individual judge’s scores: SB 18.5 AG 19 SS 18.5
Run for many decades by Paul Pontallier, whose regime is backed by owner Corinne Mentzelopoulos, Margaux never seems to put a foot wrong. Nothing here is done by rote: each decision is carefully considered and the result is a truly classic wine that epitomises the elegance for which the Margaux appellation is renowned, without sacrificing the structure necessary for a wine intended to improve over many decades. This generous, intense, impeccably balanced 2009 will surely go the distance and take its place among the classic vintages from this historic estate.
SB Splendid and generous blackberry and cassis nose. Slightly soft palate; this has an abundance of very ripe black fruits, and high concentration balanced by lively acidity. There’s a hint of overripeness but not enough to detract from the hedonistic pleasure of the wine. Has energy and length.
AG Powerful and attractive bouquet of ripe black fruit, with good commune typicity. Lovely layered density on the palate, good management of tannins, fine balance and a long finish. Excellent intensity and texture.
SS Very fine depth of cassis fruit with an added element of earthy richness. Wonderfully expressive of 2009, and yet all contained in an harmoniously rich whole. A big, warm wine with great depth and a very good future.
Price £650–£950 Widely available at leading Bordeaux merchants, including Bordeaux Index
Judges: Steven Brook, Alun Griffiths MW and Steven Spurrier