Wine Margaux AOC Premier Grand Cru Classe 2003
Cabernet Sauvignon: 75%, Merlot: 20%, Petit Verdot: 5%
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Chateau Margaux 2003 has a velvety texture and a very concentrated, multi-layered taste in which blackcurrant tones interspersed with layers of spice, ripe tannins and minerals. Surprisingly long and deep aftertaste.
Complex aroma captivates notes of raspberries and strawberries, interwoven with hints of spring flowers, camphor, licorice, leather and nuances of toast and minerals.
Like other great wines of Bordeaux, Château Margaux must be served at room temperature, in the range 15-18C. Regarding decanting, it is only required for a mature wines, whereas young wines small enough aeration. As an accompaniment the most suitable dishes from red meat, whether medallions of beef or lamb in herbs. As a gastronomic couple also suitable game, stuffed poultry, foie gras, pate, Parma ham and mature blue cheeses.
History of Chateau Margaux goes back to the 12th century, although the building that can be seen today on the label Pavillon Rouge du Chateau Margaux, was built only in the 19th century. Going from one owner to another noble, estate began to take shape today only in the late 16th century, when it acquired the family Lestonnak. It was under Pierre de Lestonnake from 1572 to 1582 in most of the land instead of Chateau crops were planted vineyards. Special attention should also figure Berlona manager, who in the early 18th century insisted that the white and red grape varieties were planted and vinified separately, and the harvest was carried out in the afternoon, when the dew dries. He also paid great attention to the peculiarities of the terroir and knew him best sites. It was at the Chateau Berlone steel produced excellent wines that during a blind tasting of Bordeaux wines in 1855 were attributed to the upper class Premier Grand Cru Classe and scored 20 points out of 20 possible.
Today, Chateau Margaux among the top five producers of Bordeaux, a major role in this played its last owner - Andre Mentselopulos. It was during his 1977 to 1980, was restored manor itself, restructured vineyards, equipped with new underground cellars for wine storage, and most importantly - under the leadership of enologist Emile Peynaud was revived by the creation of a second Great wine Chateau Margaux - Pavillon Rouge and Pavillon Blanc, and last recipe was slightly adjusted.
Thanks to the mild climate in the estate created ideal conditions for ripening grapes, and especially soil Chateau Margaux, which are represented by clay, limestone and gravel, will give the wine a complex bouquet and fine texture, allowing them to grow for decades. But some legendary wines (1900, 1953, 1961, 1982 and 1990) have the potential to store more than 100 years.
Two red wine estate Chateau Margaux and Pavillon Rouge are born only 4 varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon (75%), Merlot (20%), Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc (5%), and white Pavillon Blanc - Sauvignon Blanc only collected on different parts of the terroir.
Vinification first wine estate Chateau Margaux Grand Cru Classé from start to finish is done in oak barrels. Today the wine is poured into a barrel immediately after fermentation, around the end of October or early November. Chateau Margaux maintained only in new French oak barrels for 18-24 months, allowing the wine acquires flavors and elegant tannins force. In the first six months of barrels arranged so that the plug is at the top. This allows the remaining gas to vaporize after fermentation, and at the same time slow oxidation stabilizes the color of the wine. After six months, the barrel inverted so that the plug turned sideways, and so on to store wine bottling. Wine is clarified using egg whites, but not filtered before bottling, so over time at the bottom of the bottle may form a precipitate.
Despite the fact that the 2003 heat wave brought the owners have put a lot of alarms, resulting in a fine crop was harvested, the main feature of which was a surprisingly low level of acidity of the grapes produced for the first time for the entire period of ownership economy Mentselopulosami.
Because of this Chateau Margaux 2003 has tremendous concentration resembling vintage 1990. However, despite the extreme intensity wine with perfect balance, graceful ease and shows a charming, fresh sweetness inherent in great vintages. The style of millezim 2003 combines complexity, depth and softness of Chateau Margaux 1982, and latent power in 1990.
Chateau Margaux 2003, you can fully enjoy now, but according to experts, the most complete wine reveals its taste after 2011-212, and will be at the peak of maturity until 2035.