Château Margaux 2015
• Domaine: Château Margaux
• A.O.C.: Margaux
• Classification: First Growth, 1ère Grand Cru Classé in 1855
The 2015 vintage was an exceptional year, benefitting from optimum weather conditions. It was widely regarded the year of Margaux, as the appellation was the top performer of all of Médoc.
Never before has Château Margaux made a departure from its usual label. With the unusual bottle design, Proprietor Corinne Mentzelopoulos intended to pay a tribute to an exceptional year, two centuries of architecture and to Paul Pontallier, who died of cancer before the last vintage he supervised could be bottled. Mr. Pontallier had made such an impact on the estate, which he joined in 1983, at the age of 34, and assumed its general management from 1989 to his untimely death in March 2016.
The 2015 vintage also celebrates the bicentenary of Chateau Margaux’s exceptional Neo-Palladian architecture built in 1815. Rarely seen in France, this stunning building was listed as an historical monument in 1946. Proprietor Corinne Mentzelopoulos had entrusted to Norman Foster (the famed British architect whose works included: Apple Park, Hong Kong Airport, Beijing Airport, Bloomberg Headquarters, Wembley Stadium) the design of new buildings including cellars, an underground vinotheque, and a research and development centre. These new buildings were inaugurated in 2015.
The Limited Edition bottles of Château Margaux 2015 are decorated with silk-screen printing. This has been specially created and fixed on the glass in place of the usual labels on the bottles, magnums, double magnums, imperials and balthazars. The silk-screen printing faithfully mirrors the image embodied by Château Margaux. The chateau and the cellars are superimposed in grey and gold. Additionally, two lines of silk-screen printing at the bottom of the bottle pay tribute to Paul Pontallier and on the back, to two centuries of architecture. With the Wine Advocate estimating the life of this legendary wine lasting more than 50 years, this is a bottle made for collectors who will have a story to tell for many decades to come.
"The 2015 Château Margaux is a blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, all together representing 35% of the total production at the estate. Raised entirely in new oak, it has a lucid garnet color. The bouquet is aimed directly at the senses - there is no dilly-dallying about, as it almost knocks you off your stool with its intense mineralité embroidered into this iridescent, graphite-tinged nose. The focus and penetration here ranks among the finest that I have tasted at this estate since first coming here in 1997. The palate is astonishingly well balanced, perfectly poised with super-fine tannins wrapped around pure blackberry, bilberry, graphite and cedar fruit. Like the Pavillon Rouge this year, there is a Pauillac-like sense of authority and aristocracy, leavened by Margaux-inspired femininity that completes that standout 2015 on the Left Bank. Beg for a bottle and worry about the cost later. Post script: I composed this tasting note five days before the passing of Paul Pontallier. It is a final gift from a gifted winemaker." - Neal Martin, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (4/27/2016, Issue 224), Ratings: 98-100, Drink: 2026-2070