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2012 Chateau Margaux Reviews

2012 Chateau Margaux Reviews

Learn More About the 2012 Chateau Margaux Through its Reviews.


Chateau Margaux Reviews

95 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

“The 2012 Château Margaux is showing much differently from bottle than it did from cask. Seemingly much fuller and richer, it has a dense ruby/purple color, representing a blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest mostly Merlot, as well as only 33% of their harvest. It possesses hints of spring flowers intermixed with blueberries, blackberries, and cassis fruit, moderate tannin, a multi-dimensional mouthfeel, and a long, structured finish. This 2012 was charming, up-front, and precociously styled from barrel, but in bottle it is more masculine, dense, and rich. This wine needs a good 5-7 years of cellaring, and should keep well for 25 or more years. This is a great effort from Château Margaux, and should handsomely repay those who buy it. Anticipated maturity: 2023-2040.”

95 Pointz Wine Enthusiast

Cellar Selection 

“This elegant wine is very much in the classic style of Margaux. Although the wood is still showing, the wine has fresh black currant fruits along with an underlying firm, long-lived tannic structure. The aftertaste with its dryness and acidity confirms that. Drink from 2025.”

95 Pointz Wine Spectator

“Bay and menthol hints lift a core of crushed plum and warm cherry confiture notes while the background fills steadily with black tea, singed alder, and iron elements. Turns a little darker on the finish, with a coating of bittersweet cocoa powder and roasted vanilla bean accents, while the minerality stays buried for now. Remarkably dense and packed, yet refined, especially for the vintage. This will need some time to unwind. Best from 2018 through 2030.”

94 Pointz James Suckling

“Wonderful aromas of flowers such as roses, violets, strawberries and a hints of wet earth. Wet stones as well. Full to medium body, very firm tannins, and a long, racy finish. Minerals and chalk on the aftertaste. Needs three to five years to soften. Better in 2020.”

94 Pointz Vinous

“The 2012 Margaux is beautifully polished and suave in the glass, with pliant fruit and plenty of finesse, all in a classic, mid-weight Margaux style. Inward and tightly wound, the 2012 is clearly holding back much of its potential. The 2012 has a stony, mineral-infused energy that is going to require at least a few more years in bottle to fully unwind, while the 100% new oak is a bit pronounced at this early stage. Grilled herbs, smoke, graphite, and sage add further nuances on the savory, delineated finish.”

90 Pointz Stephen Tanzer’s

International Wine Cellar

"Dark ruby-red. Refined aromas of fresh blackcurrant, spices, dry herbs and cedar on the very classic nose. Enters fresh and lively, showing spicy black fruit, green coffee bean and herb flavors. The long finish features smooth tannins but somewhat edgy acidity, with a repeating leafy nuance. While this wine's tannins are much finer than they were in Bordeaux wines of decades past, this vintage Margaux seems like a throwback to the more herbal wines of the 1970s.”

Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom

96 Pointz Decanter

“By Margaux standards not a big wine, but beautifully perfumed. Finesse and length on the palate that’s unmatched by any other property in the Médoc in 2012. Making 34% grand vin of a small crop with 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, the team at Margaux read this vintage right, doing something they can do better than anyone else.”

18/20 Pointz Jancis Robinson,

Master of Wine

“Heady and very much in the same style as the Pavillon but a bit more emphatic. Grand -- not in a monumental sense because there is nothing big about this. Very discreet and I think the two wines are closer together than usual.”



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