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Date Printed: 8/28/2014
Chateau Margaux  2003
Chateau Margaux 2003
(search item no. 86525)
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 99 points
Wine Spectator rating: 98 points
PRICE ON 8/28/2014: $629.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2011 James Suckling rating: 95 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2010 James Suckling rating: 100 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 99 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 98 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 98 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 100 points
2009 James Suckling rating: 100 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 99 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 98 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 100 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 98 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 98 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 96 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2002 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 97 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 100 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 100 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 98 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 96 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1996 The Wine Advocate rating: 99 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 100 points
1994 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1994 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1993 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1990 The Wine Advocate rating: 100 points
1990 Wine Spectator rating: 98 points
1990 International Wine Cellar rating: 98 points
1989 Wine Spectator rating: 100 points
1988 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
1986 Wine Spectator rating: 98 points
1986 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
1983 Wine Spectator rating: 98 points
1983 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
1983 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
1982 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
1981 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
1981 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1978 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

An extraordinary wine and undeniably one of the great wines of the Medoc, and qualitatively a wine that towers over what other estates produced in the appellation of Margaux, the 2003 Chateau Margaux is made in a style that almost mirrors Lafite Rothschild in 2003. Last year I thought it could represent a hypothetical blend of the 1990 and 1996, but the wine has taken on even more opulence and seductiveness in an almost atypical but still fragrant, elegant, classic Chateau Margaux personality. Dense ruby/purple to the rim with an extraordinary floral nose intermixed with blackberries, cassis, mineral, licorice, and some vanilla, the wine is dense, opulent, voluptuously textured, with wonderful sweetness (reminiscent of 1982 and 1990 in that sense), low acidity, but tremendous concentration and an almost seamless integration of all components – alcohol, tannin, new wood, and acidity. This is truly sumptuous stuff that should drink reasonably well young after 4 or 5 years in the bottle and age for 30+ years. Bravo!
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About Chateau Margaux:

Château Margaux, a Premier Grand Cru Classé Bordeaux, is one of the most famous wines in the world. Care has been lavished on the property by a line of owners with an abiding concern for the reputation of the estate.

For more than five hundred years, season after season, generations of vineyard-workers, grapeharvesters, cellar-workers, coopers and many other craftsmen have all played a part in making Château Margaux what it is today: a wine with an incomparable personality, reflected in the elegant Palladian building which adorns its label. In 1977, the estate was purchased by the late André Mentzelopoulos, and it is now run by his daughter, Corinne Mentzelopoulos.