Chateau Marojallia 2000
Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
From its first tastings, the wine proved extraordinarily successful thanks to its elegance and delicious softness. Very rich, fruit, with vanilla, blackcurrant and liquorice flavors. An intense purple robe combined with roundness. The delicate quality of the appellation is balanced by an impressive level of concentraion and power.
The Wine Advocate - "From the partnership of Jean-Luc Thunevin and Muriel Andraud, the 2000 Marojallia was thought to be a flash-in-the-pan garage wine in 2000, but it is showing its stature and gravitas with its powerful evolution. The wine has a deep ruby/purple color and a beautiful nose of subtle charcoal, jus de viande, violets, blueberries, and black currants. Elegant yet full, pure, and substantial, this wine has wonderful suppleness, length, and a terrific finish. The tannins are round, and the wine ideally should be drunk over the next 10-15+ years."
International Wine Cellar - "Opaque dark ruby. Sappy, liqueur-like aromas of black cherry, black raspberry, rose petal and mint. Impressive richness and sappy sweetness in the mouth; lush and dense but enlivened by a floral aspect. Quite concentrated and long, with the big, rich tannins coating the entire palate. This may not quite match the '99, because the cabernet sauvignon in '99 was nobler and more powerfully structured, but this will give pleasure earlier.
Barrel Sample: 90-93 Points"
Wine Spectator - "A solid wine, with berry, cherry, mineral and floral character. Full-bodied, with super well-integrated tannins and a medium finish. Gorgeous Margaux from a "garage" in the region."
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Chateau Marojallia Winery
This outstanding estate with its select furnishings is also above all renowned for its outstanding wine. Marojallia, meaning Margaux in Latin, is the name given to the wine produced from the vineyards situated around the Chateau. The first "garage wine" in the Medoc, it is one of those rare wines, painstakingly made and lovingly aged, which is scrupulously produced in such small quantities that the production equipment can be housed in a garage.
Growing in deep grevelly soil, Marojallia was created in 1999 only to be immediately and unanimously hailed by critics and the public. It delighted Robert Parker who ranked it among the very finest wines of the Margaux appelation. View all Chateau Marojallia Wines
About MargauxView a map of Margaux wineries (mahr-GOH)
Soft, elegant, feminine… these are words often used to describe the wines of Margaux. The commune is different from its northern neighbors of the Haut-Médoc in both geography and style. Home to the name-sharing premier cru, Margaux lays a few marshlands south of St.-Julien.
Notable FactsAs in other Medoc appellations, Cabernet Sauvignon leads the blends of the region, but the percentage of Merlot in Margaux's wines is higher than other left bank communes. Add that to a diverse soil, lighter than that in the north, and you have a softer, more voluptuous wine. In the best years, wines of Margaux are delicate, elegant and refined - structured, but not austere. Chateau Margaux is, of course, a first growth and a highly esteemed and sought-after wine. Chateau Palmer, a third growth, is also well-respected and often commands prices equivalent of first growths. Look for Cru Bourgeois if you want to try the finesse of Margaux at a lower price.
About France - Other regionsWhen it comes to wine, France is a classic. Classic blends, grapes and styles began in the country and they still remain. Think about it - people ask for a Burgundian style Pinot Noir, they refer to wines as Bordeaux or Rhone blends - Champagne even had to pass a law to stop international wineries from putting their region on the label of all sparkling wine.
The top regions of France are: Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Languedoc-Roussillon, Loire, Rhone. And these regions are so diverse! It makes sense that wine regions throughout the world try to emulate their style. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah are no longer French varieties, but international varieties. They may not be the leader of cutting edge technology or value-priced wines, but there is no doubt that they are still producing wines of great quality and diversity.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.