In 1801, Chateau Margaux was acquired by Bertrand Douat, the Marquis de la Colonilla, who built the famous château as we know it today. The marquis engaged the Bordeaux architect Louis Combes whose 1815 design was a combination of classical majesty for the front of the building…
and dazzling splendour and elegant refinement at the back.
Château Margaux is fermented in old, large casks and modern stainless-steel tanks.
And the First Growth has its own in-house cooperage which repairs barrels and makes up to 250 225-litre barriques a year.
Decanted for an hour, Pavillon Rouge 2012 has capsicum/cassis fruit and a hint of tobacco and young leather. Delicious now, it will continue to evolve into 2020 and 2030.
Château Margaux 2008, also decanted for an hour, is medium-plus-ish fruit with persistent blackcurrant fruit, silky, crisp tannins and long freshness. Approachable now, it will continue to evolve into 2040.