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The post-Easter rush begins with Chateau Margaux, released today at £2470. This represents a significant reduction on last year and makes it the cheapest Margaux in the market; a very fair price for a wine we really rated.

As with the first two Firsts, there are some compelling reasonsto purchase Chateau Margaux this year:

  • The release price is 12% cheaper than the current value of 2012
  • At £2470 this is the cheapest Margaux on the market, over £400 below the best priced physical vintage (2008)
  • The production of the Grand Vin was just 38% of the total harvest
  • Margaux scores extremely highly with both James Suckling Spectacular for the vintage. This is a wine that I want to buy(94-95pts) and Steven Spurrier in Decanter A textbook Margaux with a hint of Musigny” (94pts)

The stunning Pavillon Blanc is also available at £540 per 6. This was our joint-highest scoring white (alongside Haut Brion Blanc, likely to be 3-4 times the price) and it blew us away with its extraordinary complexity and sensuous texture.

Also released today is Pavillon Rouge at £400 per 6; this is the smallest production ever, with just 21% of the total crop, and the wine exudes class and that vintage signature red fruit quality.

Don’t forget – buying en primeur gives you a choice of formats which you will struggle to find further down the line: this is your best opportunity to stash your cellar with some fabulous drinking halves, magnums, double-magnums or even bigger.


Colour Wine Score WA Guide Price Price Case Size Action
Red Margaux -- $ 1,530 - $ 2,337 $ 2,099 6x75 cl Order
Red Margaux -- $ 3,059 - $ 4,674 $ 4,215 6x150 cl Order
Red Margaux -- $ 3,059 - $ 4,674 $ 4,198 12x75 cl Order

91-93pts Neal Martin“The Château Margaux is a blend of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot with no Merlot this year due to coulure and was picked between 30 September and 11 October. It represents 38% of the total harvest. It has a very masculine slightly earthy bouquet, a little more introverted than previous vintages, opening with time to reveal its trademark dried violet aromas. The palate is medium-bodied, silky smooth on the entry. There is not a huge weight in the mouth but it glides or rather flows nicely. It is a seductive Margaux, not a long-term wine for the estate but a success considering the vintage.”

94-95pts James Suckling “Spectacular for the vintage. This is a wine that I want to buy. The aromas are like rose petals and perfume. Speechless. Palate is full body, yet refined and beautiful with perfectly polished tannins. It’s wonderfully balanced. 99% cabernet sauvignon, 1% petit verdot.”

91-93+pts BI “No Merlot this year but the team were surprised at how supple, glossy and soft the Cabernet was without the influence of its typically more generous buddy. Shows the typical Margaux violet, mineral perfume along with ripe plum and red and black cherry, managing to be both crunchy and soft. Lovely supple texture, good mid-weight of fruit, bright acidity. Nimble.”


Colour Wine Score WA Guide Price Price Case Size Action
White Pavillon Blanc du Margaux -- $ 722 - $ 1,020 $ 918 6x75 cl Sold Out
White Pavillon Blanc du Margaux -- $ 1,445 - $ 2,040 $ 1,853 6x150 cl Sold Out
White Pavillon Blanc du Margaux -- $ 1,445 - $ 2,040 $ 1,836 12x75 cl Sold Out

95-96pts James Suckling“A tangy, lively white from Margaux with sliced-lemon, citrus-skin and grapefruit character. Full body with a solid core of fruit and a long, long finish. So expressive and lively. 100% sauvignon blanc.”

93-95pts BI“Beautiful stone fruit on the nose with wet stones, minerality, ripe gooseberry, lemon and lanolin. Gorgeous texture with explosive boiled sweet and citrus character; lime, lemon, grapefruit, and slivers of apricot... it’s remarkably long and textured. Seriously beautiful stuff. One can only hope the other dry whites are this good...”


Colour Wine Score WA Guide Price Price Case Size Action
Red Pavillon Rouge du Margaux -- $ 467 - $ 722 $ 680 6x75 cl Order
Red Pavillon Rouge du Margaux -- $ 935 - $ 1,445 $ 1,377 6x150 cl Order
Red Pavillon Rouge du Margaux -- $ 935 - $ 1,445 $ 1,360 12x75 cl Order

89-91pts Neal Martin“The Pavillon Rouge consists of just 21% of the harvest - the smallest proportion ever since much is not deselected into the third wine or sold off. It has a rather broody bouquet the demands some encouragement, but eventually reveals blackberry, cold stone and just a touch of violet. Indeed, the floral component comes through strongly with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with good acidity and tension. There is perhaps a little more coarseness compared to recent vintages on the entry, although the finish is cohesive and with a delicate touch of black pepper.”

88-90pts BI“Smallest production ever - only 21% of the crop. Very difficult to smell – still very tight but showing some black cherry, fresh strawberry and poached strawberry characters. Initial hit of sweetness on the palate, really quite rich and rewarding then balanced with freshness and a hint of green pepper. Given how much the whole appellation suffered this is really a very good effort.”


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