Château Margaux 2008 The Wine Gate Shop
Château Margaux 2008 The Wine Gate Shop
Château Margaux 2008 The Wine Gate Shop
Château Margaux 2008 The Wine Gate Shop

Bordeaux – Margaux

Château Margaux 2008

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The estate

Known since the 12th century under the name of “Mothe de Margaux”, the estate did not have any vines at the time. We will have to wait for the Lestonnac family, at the end of the 16th century, to transform the estate into a wine estate. In 1810, the Marquis de la Colonilla, owner at the time, contacted the Bordeaux architect Louis Combes, then considered as the heir of Victor Louis, and had the castle and the farm buildings constructed. This ensemble, a true small wine-growing mini-village, was listed as a historical monument in 1946. When La Colonilla died, several owners succeeded one another and continued the activity of the estate. In 1977, André Mentzelopoulos bought the domain and implemented enormous works that would contribute to the current reputation of Château Margaux. Since his death in 1980, his daughter Corinne has been at the head of the property and in charge of its management. She was joined by her daughter Alexandra in 2012 and her son Alexis in 2020.

The vineyard

The vineyard of Château Margaux covers 202 acres (among which 75% in planted with Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, and 5% Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc). It is situated on soils that are mostly gravelly but also clay-limestone, and whose diversity is surely partly responsible for the complexity of the wines they produce.

The Vintage

No vintage between 2004 and 2008 with the notable exception of course of 2005, had glorious weather during the month of August; still, every year, the grapes have ripened (particularly those in the great terroirs), thanks to fine weather in September. But other positive factors might not be obvious: in 2008 the July drought and the nice weather from mid-September onwards probably limited the consequences of the regular and light August showers. There are no miracles, just ignorance...
As always it is our drastic selection which brings out the true spirit of a vintage. 2008 is no exception to the rule. The first wine only represents 36% of the crop (31% at bottling, once the wine has lost its lees due to the rackings during the ageing in barrel). Each grape variety plays its harmonious part in the blend: our best Merlot (10%) brings more power, fatness and flesh than it did in 2006 or 2007; the Cabernet Sauvignon (87%) is as usual the heart and the soul of the wine. Not forgetting the Cabernet Franc (1.5%) and the Petit Verdot (1.5%) whose modest presence does not truly reflect their influence in the blend.

The 2008 is a very fine Château Margaux, it displays a nose of great finesse and purity, and it is as deep and charming as the 2004. What really amazes us is its power on the palate: we never expected such density, length and richness. The tannins are superb! They give the Château Margaux 2008 a very tight-grained texture, wonderful length, and a more classic personality than previously thought. Ideally, wait a few more years before starting to drink it.


  • Domain Château Margaux
  • Vineyard Médoc
  • Color
  • Vintage 2008
  • Classification 1er Cru Classé
  • Variety 87% Cabernet Sauvignon
    10% Merlot
    1,5% Petit Verdot
    1,5% Cabernet Franc
  • Culture Sustainable agriculture
  • Alcohol degrees13°

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