The 1988 vintage of this wine was ranked #6 on the Wine Spectator's Top 10 Wines of 1991
Our final blend for the 2002 vintage includes very little Merlot (it may even be the lowest ever proportion in history at Château Margaux). So it is essentially a wine made up of fine, pure, rich, tight-knit and tender Cabernet Sauvignon. It may lack some complexity and depth in order to be considered a great vintage. After the bottling, Château Margaux 2002 had acquired even more finesse, without losing any of that classic tight-knit tannic structure which bodes so well for excellent aging.
"Performing better from bottle than at any time in cask (which of course is the objective of great winemaking, isn’t it?), this wine reveals a dense ruby/purple color in a style somewhat reminiscent of the 1988 but with more power, concentration, and volume. It has a beautifully elegant nose of black fruits intermixed with truffle, flower, and oak. The wine is medium to full-bodied, dense, with wonderful precision, freshness, and a long, full-bodied finish with impressive levels of concentration. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2030."
The Wine Advocate
"Bright ruby-red. Boysenberry, minerals, espresso and sexy oak on the nose. Wonderfully concentrated flavors of berries and espresso, with perfect integration of the new oak. But a bit youthfully rigid today owing to its penetrating acids. This impressively dense wine from a very cool summer has filled in nicely during its elevage but will require a good 10 or 12 years for its firm acids and tight tannins to soften. Very long and subtle on the aftertaste."
International Wine Cellar
"This is beautiful on the nose with currants, berries and flowers. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and pretty fruit. Needs a bit more fruit on the midpalate to be a classic Margaux, but clearly outstanding. Best after 2007. "