2005 Chateau Margaux, 1st Growth Margaux (1 x Magnum)

France Bordeaux Margaux

In two recent tastings the 2005 Château Margaux has been nothing less than magnificent. A wine of stunning perfume and inner sweetness, the 2005 gradually opens to reveal layers of red-toned fruit intermingled with floral accents. It's as if all the classic Margaux signatures have been amped up in a huge way. Dehydration on the vine concentrated the fruit, but also the impression of tannin and acid, such that the 2005 retains huge fruit density along with plenty of brightness as well. Vibrant and beautifully layered, the 2005 Grand Vin is off the charts and easily one of the wines of the vintage. Readers who own it or can find it are in for a real treat. Tasted two times.

2005 Chateau Margaux, 1st Growth Margaux (1 x Magnum)

In two recent tastings the 2005 Château Margaux has been nothing less than magnificent. A wine of stunning perfume and inner sweetness, the 2005 gradually opens to reveal layers of red-toned fruit intermingled with floral accents. It's as if all the classic Margaux signatures have been amped up in a huge way. Dehydration on the vine concentrated the fruit, but also the impression of tannin and acid, such that the 2005 retains huge fruit density along with plenty of brightness as well. Vibrant and beautifully layered, the 2005 Grand Vin is off the charts and easily one of the wines of the vintage. Readers who own it or can find it are in for a real treat. Tasted two times.

France Bordeaux Margaux
Producer Chateau Margaux
Sub-Region Margaux
Region Bordeaux
Country France
Vintage 2005
Colour Red

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Vinous

In two recent tastings the 2005 Château Margaux has been nothing less than magnificent. A wine of stunning perfume and inner sweetness, the 2005 gradually opens to reveal layers of red-toned fruit intermingled with floral accents. It’s as if all the classic Margaux signatures have been amped up in a huge way. Dehydration on the vine concentrated the fruit, but also the impression of tannin and acid, such that the 2005 retains huge fruit density along with plenty of brightness as well. Vibrant and beautifully layered, the 2005 Grand Vin is off the charts and easily one of the wines of the vintage. Readers who own it or can find it are in for a real treat. Tasted two times.

99 Points / Drinking 2021 - 2055

By Antonio Galloni / April 2021

Vinous

(85% cabernet sauvignon, 8% merlot, 6% petit verdot and 1% cabernet franc) Bright, saturated ruby-red; not the darkest young Margaux of recent years. Brilliantly perfumed, pure nose of blackberry, violet, minerals and sexy toasty oak. Wonderfully sweet and subtle in the mouth, with the wine s extraordinary finesse of texture partly hiding its great density. It s hard to imagine a more seamless, fine-grained wine at this level of power. Blue and black fruits are further sharpened by the wine s floral character. Perhaps most impressive today on the back half, where the wine spreads out to take over the entire palate and ultimately expands to fill the mouth and olfactories. There s great backbone here for aging, but no sensation of hardness even today.

97-100 Points

By Stephen Tanzer / December 2014

Vinous

From the moment it is opened, the 2005 Margaux takes things to another level. The bouquet alone is breathtaking in its beauty. Bright, delineated but also explosive, the 2005 takes hold of all the senses and never lets up. The flavors are vibrant and focused, with gorgeous lift and precision. The 2005 is a riveting, aristocratic Margaux that will drink well for several decades. Today the flavors are still remarkably youthful. The wine drinks well because of its magnificent balance, but readers who prefer more aromatic and flavor complexity will want to wait for at least another five years. No matter how you look at it, the 2005 Margaux is pure magic.

99 Points / Drinking 2020 - 2055

By Antonio Galloni / November 2015

Robert Parker Wine Advocate

The first-growth 2005 Château Margaux (85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot), a lavish fragrance of blackcurrants, velvety new saddle leather, spring flowers and spice soars from the glass. The wood is already totally concealed beneath the cascade of fruit in this medium to full-bodied, pure and majestic wine. This concentrated, dense, but nevertheless strikingly elegant, multi-layered wine has a finish of 45+ seconds. It builds incrementally to a crescendo and finale. This is a stunner that can be approached already, but promises to be better in another 5-10 years and last at least 25 or more years.

98+ Points / Drinking 2020 - 2050

By Robert M. Parker, Jr. / June 2015