Continuing with our series of posts on 2010 Bordeaux futures value wines, today, we will look at Margaux, which is about an hour drive northwest from the city of Bordeaux.
The Margaux AOC is known for its perfumed wines of elegance and finesse. The soils of Margaux are shallow, predominately gravel, and offer good drainage – a perfect environment for grape growing.
The top classified growths – especially Chateaux Margaux and Palmer – tend to be expensive, but here are a few Margaux wines you can pick up for $50 or less. (Prices current as of 7/13/2011.)
La Sirene de Giscours
This 2nd label wine from Third Growth Chateau Giscours is made from the younger wines and is a blend of 55 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 40 % Merlot, and 5 % Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. It offers cassis aromas and is easy to drink and elegant. Score: Decanter (16)
This 2nd label wine from Third Growth Chateau d’Issan is made from the younger wines and is a blend of 59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 41% Merlot. Made to drink young, it has aromas of red fruits and a spicy finish. Scores: Jancis Robinson (16.5) and Decanter (16.5)
The 2010 wine from this Cru Bourgeois is a blend of 47% Merlot, 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 11% Petit Verdot. Concentrated black fruit aromas with a soft, textured mouthfeel, fresh acidity and firm tannins. Scores: Jancis Robinson (16.5), James Suckling (93-94) and Decanter (16.5) Buy now for $33
A blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot, this black plum-purple colored Fourth Growth wine reveals black fruits and berries on the nose and is wonderfully ripe and fresh on the palate. Scores: Jancis Robinson (16.5), James Suckling (90-91) and Decanter (17). Buy now for $50