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16 March 2017 News

Chateau Margaux again placed on Wine & Spirits Magazine’s annual restaurant poll.  Amazingly, it is the only non-American Cabernet on the Most Popular Cabernet Sauvignon list and remains on the Most Popular French Wines list, the only cru classé.  Incredible!

See the full accolades here.

 

 
14 March 2016 News

Every year Wine and Spirits Magazine polls the most popular restaurants in the United States to do an analysis of sales and trends.  Chateau Margaux, Chateau Montelena Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Quinta do Noval and E. Guigal’s Crozes Hermitage and Chateauneuf-du-Pape have all been listed among the most popular wine brands in their categories across this group of leading restaurants.  This is an important poll to which the restaurant community and trade at large pay attention. Click here to see the rankings in their April issue!

 
14 March 2016 News

We have another strong showing this year in The World’s Most Admired Wine Brands published by Drinks International and found here.  Among the 50 brands listed are the following:

#6: Guigal

Like last year, right near the top. Great comments by Philippe Guigal on his focus on the US market in particular. And great quote by our very own South Carolina distributor, Jean-Pierre Chambas, who is spot-on in saying: “It’s hard to believe, but Marcel and Philippe Guigal keep making wines better consistently year after year as they slowly increase production – an extraordinary accomplishment.”

#7: Errazuriz

Tremendous to see this first ever appearance by Errazuriz, right at the top, and the #2 South American brand! This recognition coincides with the enormous opportunity we are seeing with Errazuriz today.

#29: Chateau Margaux

As noted, Chateau Margaux has featured on every Admired Wine Brands list.

#36: Petrus

The non-marketing success of the list!

Click here to read the profiles

 

 
17 April 2015 News

Drinks International released its annual rankings of The World’s Most Admired Wine Brands.  Guigal is number 9 on the list, the top Rhone winery, and there is an excellent full page piece on the Guigals titled, “Family Values”, that gets to the heart of what makes Guigal such an incredible winery.  We also hit with Chateau Margaux at number 8 and Petrus at number 40.  Fantastic!  Click here to see the full piece.

 
29 October 2014 News

Corinne Mentzelopoulos is on the cover of this month’s (Nov 30) issue of Wine Spectator! Check out the mutiple features covering her family’s history and a major tasting retrospective, on newsstands now.

 
6 April 2012 News

Some photos from Chateau Margaux!

Tasting Margaux

Corinne Mentzelopoulos’ beagles, with a neighboring dog on the steps of Margaux

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With some of the lowest yields ever, very small berries and tannin levels subsequently higher than 2010 and at an all time high.  Petit Verdot ripened well so there is actually 2% in Chateau Margaux and 8% in Pavillon Rouge.  The wines are caressing but powerful, with silkiness and finesse.  A lot below the surface.  Pavillon Blanc is the best we’ve ever tasted, made in a very fresh style, only 13.4% alcohol.

 

 

Photos from Chateau Pontet Canet!

 

Pontet Canet Cellars

Pontet Canet Horse - big boy!

 

 

Pontet Canet Vines

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What Alfred Tesseron has done transforming Pontet Canet to a biodynamic estate, farmed almost half by horse today (step by step going to fully farmed by horse) is quite extraordinary.  He’s spent thirty years slowly rebuilding this estate, acting thoughtfully and prudently.  The emphasis is on doing things by hand, in a way that forces you to interact with the environment.  For example, he built concrete tank fermenters in 2005, but there is no temperature setting: hot and cold valves are turned by hand, and temperature has to be taken manually.  The 2011 is one of the best wines of the vintage, floral with complex, spicy red fruits, totally complete and very long.  Attached you can find shots of Michael with the horse in training – they have 5 working full time and this one is in training for 1 year before he will be used full time.  They will eventually have 12 horses to cover the whole vineyard, which you can also see in a photo, more rolling hills than flatland.

 

 
9 May 2011 News

Tasted in barrel, Chateau Margaux 2010  received a range of impressive scores from several leading critics. See what they had to say:

“A phenomenal nose of roses, violets, and other flowers. Subtle yet rich raspberries and currants. It is 90% Cabernet Sauvignon. The is a curious wine, almost ethereal. It is all in the front of the palate with ultra-fine tannins. It is full and very, very rich but it is forever balanced and in harmony What a wine. It is a pinpointed wine. So cerebral. It sends shivers down my spine. Incredible.” – 100 points, James Suckling

“Superfocused and superracy, with torrents of cherry, raspberry and plum fruit. Offering terrific mouthfeel, this glides by effortlessly, with a fantastic perfume developing on the finish. Long and iron-tinged. Really, really fine-grained. Other than 2006, this is the only vintage since 2000 with as much Cabernet Sauvignon (90 percent).” – 96-99 points, the Wine Spectator

“Paul Pontallier was rattling off some interesting statistics about Chateau Margaux. The 2000 (a great, great wine) was 13.1% natural alcohol, the 2005 13.1%, the 2009 13.2%, and the 2010, the highest ever measured, 13.5%. That is still nearly one degree less than the Pauillac first-growth of Chateau Latour at 14.4%. This blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc (representing only 38% of the total production) has the classic, quintessential Margaux character of spring flowers, almost cool-climate precision, medium body, and a seamless integration of tannin, wood and alcohol. The blue and black fruit characteristics are present, and the wine restrained. The most measured and polished of all the first growths I tasted, it is also less concentrated than any of the other first growths, but the elegance is classic. The harvest finished on October 15, which was not their latest by any means. This is one of the few first growths of 2010 where the tannins are remarkably delicate and sweet, and the softness of this wine will provide magical drinking at a relatively early age, yet its balance and concentration will carry it for 20 or more years. – 96-98 points, Robert Parker

 
2nd June 2010 News

“Rarely has a young Bordeaux vintage been so much fun to taste as 2009.” So says Ian D’Agata, Stephen Tanzer’s man in Bordeaux and the director of the International Wine Academy of Rome, in the latest International Wine Cellar.

“If anything, the best wines of 2009 have a vaguely Burgundian quality to them, as difficult as that may be for the Bordelais to stomach! In my experience, this Burgundy quality is only to be found in great vintages. While it’s not too difficult to get powerful, balanced wines from cabernet and merlot in good vintages, it is a much rarer thing to unite the brute force those varieties are capable of achieving with the dainty, almost ethereal aromatics and gentle tannic architecture of 2009. And the best Bordeaux of 2009 are indeed wines of uncommon power, charm and perfume.”

In D’Agata’s telling, Châteaux Pétrus and Margaux come in for particular praise, and he calls Pavillon Rouge “my candidate for the best second wine of the year.” Full reviews are below the jump.

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1 June 2010 News

“The best vintage of my lifetime.” That’s how Decanter’s Steven Spurrier describes the 2009 vintage in Bordeaux. Spurrier and colleagues James Lawther, MW, and Michel Bettane, have high praise across all appellations. Most astounding is a perfect score, 20 out of 20 points, awarded to Château Margaux, the highest rated wine of the vintage! Full reviews are below, and you can track Decanter’s coverage here.

Pomerol

Château Pétrus 2009, Pomerol
“A powerful tannic frame provides the structure, length and classicism of a grand Bordeaux but there’s also a modern purity and freshness of fruit. Winemaker Olivier Berrouet harvested slightly later, at the beginning of October, to guarantee maturity. Dense, complex and profound.” 19/20 Decanter

Château La Fleur-Pétrus 2009, Pomerol
“Fine, fragrant. Seduces by its elegance. Silky, smooth tannins provide length and persistence. Ripe and warm but balanced.” 17.5/20 Decanter

Margaux

Château Margaux 2009. Margaux
“Fine black red, quite magical bouquet, pure quality of cashmere silkiness on the palate with a touch of fragrance from Cabernet Franc, blending softness of attack with pure density. A wine of stunning fragrance and purity, the most perfect expression imaginable of the greatest of Margaux vineyards.” 20/20 Decanter

Pavillion Rouge 2009, Margaux
“Fine deep colour, great purity of Cabernet on the nose, a really beautiful wine, pure Margaux, perfect balance and unexpected length.” 18/20 Decanter

Pavillon Blanc 2009, Margaux
“Lemon pale, fresh and floral, much lighter in alcohol than in recent years and what it has lost in richness it has gained in minerality, both floral and steely and will age well.” 18/20 Decanter

Saint Estèphe

Chateau Cos d’Estournel 2009, Saint-Estèphe
“Superb black red, very full and spicy, very broadly structured, really quite massive and will take years to pick up finesse, a ‘baroque’ almost Porty wine, explosively rich and definitely impressive if not a typical Saint-Estèphe.” 18.5/20 Decanter

 
28 April 2010 News

“2009 may turn out to be the finest vintage I have tasted in 32 years of covering Bordeaux.” That’s quite a statement coming from Robert Parker, but it solidifies the general consensus that is brewing among the wine press and trade. The 2009 Bordeaux vintage was one of the greatest on record, and gave many properties their best wines ever (these wines are denoted with an asterisk, “*”). Among the standouts were, of course, Châteaux Pétrus, Margaux, and Cos d’Estournel, but also Château La Fleur-Pétrus, a VINTUS exclusive, “a mind-boggling effort.” Full reviews are below the jump.

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