2006 Margaux, Margaux
This is not a big Château Margaux, its style showing more elegance and discretion. The tannins are soft, although producing a dense web that lies underneath the black currant and plum fruit flavors. It is a wine that envelops the mouth, an edge of firmness over velvet fruit textures. The wine floats away slowly on the close. (RV)
This has a wonderful nose of perfume, sandalwood, ripe plum and berries. Full-bodied, with seamless tannins and a long finish. Gorgeous. (JS)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Tasted at Bordeaux Index's annual 10-Year On tasting in London.The 2006 Château Margaux has a sense of airiness and wonderful definition on the nose: wild strawberry, redcurrant, cedar and crushed roses soaring from the glass, but it never strives for the opulence of say the 2006 Château Palmer. The palate is very well balanced with fine and quite firm tannin in the mouth. This seems to be approaching its plateau after a decade. While not a powerful or ostentatious Château Margaux, it epitomizes understatement and refinement in a similar vein to Lafite-Rothschild. It is only after the wine has been swallowed that you appreciate its qualities and you feel urged to go back for another sip. (NM)
Wine & Spirits
A sexy vintage of Margaux, this is heady and seductive right from the start. Floral strawberry and red currant flavors back the wine's gentle sweetness, while floral acidity gives it a sting. Black tannins hint at more serious, long-term prospects, though much of the vintage may get drunk before it has a chance to reach any deeper, more essential terroir expression.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good deep red-ruby. Deep but reticent aromas of redcurrant, tobacco leaf, licorice and loam; I don't find the typical floral high notes of Margaux. Juicy, fine-grained and suave, with good definition and a seamless, spherical texture to the currant and soil flavors. Finishes with a fine dusting of tannins, but not the grip or power of earlier barrel samples of this wine. (ST)
Mid crimson. Very pretty evolution with that dunked biscuity note of oak/Cabernet fusion. Hugely aromatic. Lovely supple texture with real lift but the flavour can be found elsewhere! Fine and lifted. Fine tannins almost dissipated. Relatively forward for a first. 17.5+/20 points
Piney aromas and quite a bit of spice upfront. Very big on the palate, yet silky and elegant. Seems integrated but a bit reserved today. Fresh wine that should be great--not up to the 2005. **+ Ralph Sands: A fine expression of high-toned, pure fruit, strong and focused, again not as opulent as some recent releases and finishes a bit dryer than usual; good spice on the finish. Still very fine.