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2020 Chateau Margaux Reviews

2020 Chateau Margaux Reviews

Learn More About the 2020 Chateau Margaux Through its Reviews.


Chateau Margaux Reviews

100 Pointz James Suckling

“So floral and perfumed with blackcurrants, blackberries, and some asphalt. Full-bodied with super, fine tannins. Extremely refined with great length and intensity. The wonderful combination of refinement and power is already evident. Superb finish. Another great Margaux.” 

98 Pointz Vinous

“The 2020 Château Margaux, re-tasted at the château, is a little more open on the nose, revealing even more of its stunning delineation, just so pixelated. Black cherries, blueberry, and perhaps a tad more red fruit than I noticed in the sample tasted in the UK, more classic in style. The palate is harmonious and poised with ethereal delineation, building in the mouth towards an almost pixelated finish that is utterly irresistible. There is heightened mineralité compared to the previous sample with astonishing persistence. I suspect this is one Left Bank where the 2020 will surpass the previous two vintages, but as Philippe Bascaule himself commented, it is a wine for his children rather than himself. This is even better than the sample sent to the UK, hence my higher score. Will it achieve perfection? We'll find out soon(ish).”

98 Pointz Wine Enthusiast

“The fruit, with the acidity that is a hallmark of the year, gives black currant flavors from the nearly 90% Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend. The tannins seem supple with a structure that leans into the fruit. It's a remarkably consistent wine, velvet while structured.”

97 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

“Displaying an opaque purple-black color, it needs a lot of air, time, and patience to coax out the youthfully reticent nose of blueberry preserves, blackcurrant pastilles, and Black Forest cake, followed by suggestions of lavender, clove oil, iron ore, and menthol with wafts of star anise and candied violets. The medium to full-bodied palate is wonderfully opulent, featuring tightly wound yet beautifully pure layers of black fruits and earthy nuances within a solid structure of firm yet velvety tannins and exhilarating freshness, finishing with very long-lingering earth and mineral notes. Another stunning expression of the vintage by Philippe Bascaules and his team—bravo! “

97 Pointz Jeb Dunnuck

“The 2020 Château Margaux is a more concentrated, dense wine that has the vintage's massive dry extract paired with more moderate alcohol levels and building tannins. Blackcurrants, sandalwood, tobacco leaf, and graphite give way to a full-bodied, rich, powerful Château Margaux that's flawlessly balanced, has a stacked mid-palate, and a great finish. It's one for the ages, though, and don't expect much up-front appeal. It almost reminds me of the 1996, yet with slightly more density. It's a quintessential beauty that will be just about immortal.”

Bonus Reviews


100 Pointz Jane Anson, Master of Wine

Inside Bordeaux 

“This has grip and poise, it edges forward with slate textured tannins, not givin too much away at first, but sit with it, because the future brilliance of this Margaux is there to be seen if you take your time. It displays a seriousness of intent that sets it apart in expression from vintages like the 2018, and has dense and powerful red and black fruits along with supple and plentiful tannins that have no intention of relinquishing their hold for decades to come. Gingerbread, liqourice root, grilled sandalwood, red peppers, mint leaf, and peony flowers add waves of complexity as it widens and softens through the mid-palate, along with raspberry puree and edges of patisserie cream. A Margaux for the ages.” 

Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom

99 Pointz Decanter

“A brilliant Margaux; one that takes a sigh and then releases the huge floral, eucalyptus, and crushed mint whoosh that comes in waves though the palate. You get the concentration of the vintage in an entirely positive light, with a suave softness to the tannins that makes it stand head and shoulders above many others. Plenty in common with the 1996 vintage - the knitted down tannins, the completeness, the juicy blackcurrant purity and acidity on the finish, and the certainty of long ageing. Real clarity of flavour. Alcohol level is lower than both the 2018 and 2019, but tannins and anthocyanins are at the same level as in 2018.”

19/20 Pointz Jancis Robinson,

Master of Wine

“Gorgeous wine that is both classic and expressive. Aromatically complex with floral, mineral, and dark-fruit notes. Quality of tannins superb from entry to finish, the texture smooth and velvety. Lovely freshness, poise, and length. Perfect pitch. Definitely has the edge on 2019 and 2018.”



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