Chateau Margaux 1er Grand Cru 1975 (1 x 750mL), Margaux, Bordeaux, France.

Appellation: Margaux A.C., Haut-Medoc, Bordeaux. First Growth of 1855 Classification.

This vintage, which was immediately acknowledged in Bordeaux as a great success, developed very slowly in bottle, especially those wines that were Cabernet Sauvignon-based. We have wondered since that time if the Cabernet had really been picked at full ripeness, in so far as the tannins had remained firm, or even hard, for so many years. It is very likely that today, such a vintage would produce a different wine, very probably as concentrated but more accessible. 1975 came after three particularly difficult years (1972, 1973 and 1974).

Perhaps the potential of this vintage was overestimated through understandable enthusiasm. Château Margaux 1975 is not a very great success. The estate, which belonged to the Ginestet family, was about to be sold and very probably didn't enjoy the same care and attention it had received during the 1960s.

Overview

Appellation: Margaux A.C., Haut-Medoc, Bordeaux. First Growth of 1855 Classification.

This vintage, which was immediately acknowledged in Bordeaux as a great success, developed very slowly in bottle, especially those wines that were Cabernet Sauvignon-based. We have wondered since that time if the Cabernet had really been picked at full ripeness, in so far as the tannins had remained firm, or even hard, for so many years. It is very likely that today, such a vintage would produce a different wine, very probably as concentrated but more accessible. 1975 came after three particularly difficult years (1972, 1973 and 1974).

Perhaps the potential of this vintage was overestimated through understandable enthusiasm. Château Margaux 1975 is not a very great success. The estate, which belonged to the Ginestet family, was about to be sold and very probably didn't enjoy the same care and attention it had received during the 1960s.

Region:
FRA - Bordeaux
State:
Imported
Country:
France

Winery Tasting Notes

Aroma

Today, this wine displays a mature nose with that finesse which is so characteristic of the old vintages of Château Margaux.

Palate

On the palate, there is a trace of the tannic firmness, which has now become a little dry in the finish. The general impression is one of finesse and breed, but it lacks length and density. The bottles of Château Margaux 1975 are to be drunk now. We do not think they will improve. (January 2009)