Released for sale en primeur this morning at £2,550 per six bottles, 2021 Château Margaux was possibly our favourite wine of the vintage when we tasted it in April and we recommend adding it to your cellar, if an allocation is available.
We tasted in the beautiful, palladian cellar (below) with its long colonnades, which must have been awe-inspiring when it was built in 1815. It took us a few moments to realise that our host was Alexis Leven-Mentzelopoulos, son of the chateau's famous owner, Corinne Mentzelopoulos, a welcome reminder that this billion-dollar business is still very much a family concern.
The 2021 was the most Margaux-like vintage we have tasted in en primeur in a long time, and for us, it's the key-note of the vintage. Recent vintages may have more power, but none have more vibrant energy and finesse. The velvet tannins are the epitome of what Margaux (both the commune and the château) are about. The Wine Advocate's William Kelley seems to have experienced the wine in a similar way:
"Combining the vibrant flavors and moderate alcohol (13.1%) of a vintage of the last century with all the precision of the present in extraction and élevage, it is a timeless classic; and lest that be mistaken for a euphemism for a lack of concentration, note that the wine is analytically as high in polyphenols as the brilliant 2019. (95-97 points).
Availability is very restricted in 2021 so please let us know as soon as possible if you would like an allocation of this classic vintage.
There is also a small quantity available of the beautiful 2021 Pavillon Rouge - please enquire.
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|RED||2021||Château Margaux||75cl||£2,550 per case of 6||Château Margaux
2021 / / 75cl
£2,550 per case of 6
Tasting Notes“Vivid fruit, raspberries and bilberries, cassis bud, saffron and graphite, full of energy and classicism, showcasing what can be achieved in the vintage. Harvest through to October 14. 36% of the overall production. 3.64ph, Tannic index of 73, the same level as in 2019 and a litttle less than 2018 and 2020. Philippe Bascaules director, Eric Boissenot consultant. 95 points.” Jane Anson, JaneAnson.com, Apr 2022------“...clean and precise on the nose, much more discrete than the outgoing Pavillon Rouge and unfolds like a temptress in the glass. Intense dark cherries, hints of blueberry and trademark crushed violets then start to billow, all exquisitely defined. The palate is medium-bodied with a silky smooth veneer that does a good job disguising the structure underneath. Surprisingly plush given the growing season, the concentration is very impressive with no hard edges. It's a very Margaux-like Château Margaux insofar that it could not come from any other appellation. 94-96 points.” Neal Martin, vinous.com, May 2022------“… a little closed and broody to start, with notions of tar, licorice, fertile loam, and truffles leading to a core of fresh blackcurrants, juicy blackberries, and black raspberries, plus a touch of iron ore. Medium-bodied, the palate has wonderful intensity with a firm, fine-grained texture and plenty of freshness to support the tightly knit black and red berry flavors, finishing with loads of energy and shimmer. The first wine represents 36% of the crop this year and it came in with a phenolic index (IPT) of 75. 2028-2058. 95-97 points.” Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, The Wine Independent, May 2022------“...clearly one of the finest wines of the vintage. Offering up a deep bouquet of raspberries, wild blueberries and plums mingled with sweet spices, violets, licorice and hints of cigar box, it's full-bodied, layered and multidimensional, with terrific depth at the core and beautifully refined, powdery tannins, concluding with a long, floral finish. Combining the vibrant flavors and moderate alcohol (13.1%) of a vintage of the last century with all the precision of the present in extraction and élevage, it is a timeless classic; and lest that be mistaken for a euphemism for a lack of concentration, note that the wine is analytically as high in polyphenols as the brilliant 2019. Representing only 36% of the estate's production, the 2021 is a blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. 95-97+ points.” William Kelley, Wine Advocate, Apr 2022------“A Margaux with beautiful depth and grace and wonderfully well-placed, refined tannins, showing presence and a soft texture. They caress your palate. Full-bodied, yet tight and extremely long. Seamless. 87% cabernet franc, 8% merlot, 3% cabernet franc and 2% petit verdot. 97-98 points”. James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, May 2022
|RED||2021||Château Margaux - Pavillon Rouge du Margaux||75cl||£828 per case of 6||Château Margaux
Pavillon Rouge du Margaux
2021 / / 75cl
£828 per case of 6
Tasting Notes"73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot, 4% Cabernet Franc. 30% of the production. Cask sample. Floral notes with an attractive purity to the fruit. Firmly structured with the tannins well integrated in the fruit. Freshness and length on the finish. Demure but should age. 13.1%. Drink 2027 – 2038. 16.5 points" jancisrobinson.com (JL)------"The 2021 Pavillon Rouge continues the trend of more Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc in the final blend as the vines planted 20 years ago reach maturity. Aged in 50% and 60% new oak, it has a very well-defined bouquet with perfumed black fruit, crushed violet and a touch of blood orange. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins, rounded and fleshy to the point that you could almost run down the famous driveway and drink a bottle. Quite persistent on the finish. Very fine. 90-92 points" Neal Martin, Vinous.com------"The 2021 Pavillon Rouge is soft, sensual and open-knit, all qualities that make it an absolute delight to taste today. A burst of red/purplish fruit, rose petal, leather and sweet spice gives the 2021 its upfront appeal. There's lovely energy and brightness underpinning it all. Soaring aromatic top notes add allure, making it impossible to resist a second taste. 91-93 points" Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com------"Aromas of plums, raspberries and sweet spices introduce the 2021 Pavillon Rouge, a medium to full-bodied, velvety and vibrant wine that's impressively rich and mouthfilling, revealing a deep core of fruit framed by powdery tannins and lively acids, concluding with a long, saline finish. The blend is 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 4% Cabernet Franc, and Philippe Bascaules observes that parcels planted 20 years ago and destined for the grand vin when they're a bit older are increasingly making the cut for Pavillon Rouge. 91-93 points" William Kelley, RobertParker.com------" A nicely rounded young red with fine tannins that are polished and poised. Medium body with a solid center-palate and a creamy finish. Shows wonderful ripeness and beauty. 73% cabernet sauvignon, 18% merlot, 5% petit verdot and 4% cabernet franc. 94-95 points" jamessuckling.com