Private Cellar

Chateau Margaux 1er Grand Cru 1976 (1 x 750mL), Margaux, Bordeaux, France.

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Condition: Cellared

Buyers premium: 17.50%

Lot Number: 0008-2472210

Part of Sale: Super Hits from the Past - Feat. Wines of the 1970s

GST: Inclusive

Liquor Act 2007: It is against the law to sell or supply alcohol to, or to obtain alcohol on behalf of, a person under the age of 18 years. Liquor licence LIQP770010049

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Overview

Since the 17th Century, the first wine of Château Margaux has been recognised as being one of the greatest wines in the entire world. It owes its unique qualities to the genius of its terroir as well as to the passionate work of a succession of generations. It’s a remarkable wine that comes from a combination of characteristics that are only rarely found: finesse, elegance, complexity, density, intensity, length and freshness. Although its tannic concentration may be exceptional, it’s rare to detect astringency.

The great vintages are distinguished by their formidable ability to move us. The lesser vintages give pleasure to wise enthusiasts. They offer the advantage of evolving very rapidly and, reveal, after a few years, instead of power, this subtlety that is the prerogative of great terroirs.

Château Margaux has an extraordinary ability to evolve. Over the years, it has developed a finesse, an aromatic complexity and a remarkable presence on the palate.

Region:
FRA - Bordeaux
State:
Imported
Country:
France

Winery Tasting Notes

A classic, concentrated, rich, deep wine, with a mature, complex bouquet, displaying a touch of mint. Its very fine tannic structure still leaves a little firmness in the finish, which is fortunately softened by very fine perfumed flavours. (May 2010)

Weather

The time lost through a particularly cool and wet spring was never made up during the summer, but an exceptional Indian summer enabled sufficiently ripe grapes to be picked in perfectly healthy condition. (The picking began on October 9th)

Vintage
1976
Region
FRA - Bordeaux
Grape Style
Cabernet Blends
Closure Type
Cork closure

Winery Profile

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Exceptional building and the most important wine estate in the village of Margaux in the Bordeaux wine region, and a First Growth in the 1855 classification.

Ch Margaux was one of the four New French Clarets captured in the Anglo-French wars at the beginning of the 18th century, and sold in the coffee houses of the City of London. Thomas Jefferson on his visit to Bordeaux in 1787 picked it out as one of the 'four vineyards of first quality'. Sequestered in the French Revolution after the execution of the owner, it was bought by the Marquis de la Colonilla in 1804 and rebuilt in the First Empire style, by L. Combes, as we know it today — the grandest Château of the Haut-Médoc. After passing through several hands, shares were bought by a Bordeaux wine merchant, Fernand Ginestet, in 1925, and the family share was slowly increased to give his son Pierre Ginestet complete ownership in 1949. Also a merchant, he was badly hit by the 'energy crisis' in the early 1970s and had to seek a buyer. The French government refused to allow the American conglomerate National Distillers to buy it, but in 1977, the Château was acquired by the French grocery and finance group Félix Potin, headed by the Greek André Mentzelopoulos, domiciled in France. A great deal of money was spent on restoring the neglected vineyard, chais, and mansion and Émile Peynaud was taken on as consultant. André Mentzelopoulos died suddenly in December 1980, and first his wife Laura and then his daughter Corinne took over control, assisted by Paul Pontallier, the young director who joined the estate in 1983 (coincidentally one of the property's most successful vintages). In 1992, in a complicated international deal involving Perrier mineral water, the Italian Agnelli family of Fiat motor cars became involved in ownership of the estate, but Corinne Mentzelopoulos remained in charge and took a personal stake in the property.

The 82 ha of dark grape varieties are planted with roughly 75 per cent Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, 20 per cent Merlot, and 5 per cent of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Average total red wine output is about 30,000 cases, of which the resurrected Pavillon Rouge de Ch Margaux is the excellent second wine. A hitherto somewhat uninspiring white wine Pavillon Blanc was transformed into an ambitious dry wine. It is made in a new and separate temperature-controlled cellar, with barrel fermentation, exclusively from Sauvignon Blanc grapes planted on 12 ha of separate vineyard.

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