Château Margaux 2005 exemplifies class, power, and harmony. Its nose exudes finesse, grace, and depth unique to its terroir, representing a dream vintage. The wine showcases exceptional concentration, surpassing even the esteemed 2000 and 2003 vintages. Its color displays unprecedented intensity, while the palate reveals extraordinary density, length, and a perfect balance of voluptuousness and harmony. The dominant Cabernet Sauvignon (85% of the blend) achieves ideal ripeness without excessive alcohol levels. The Merlot portion (8% of the blend) adds complexity without reaching high alcohol levels. The finish is long-lasting and satisfying. The color is deep and intense, reflecting the wine's power and concentration. With its remarkable aging potential, it can be cellared for a couple more years wor can be enjoyed now.
Robert Parker - 98+ Points
"The first-growth 2005 Château Margaux (85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot), a lavish fragrance of blackcurrants, velvety new saddle leather, spring flowers and spice soars from the glass. The wood is already totally concealed beneath the cascade of fruit in this medium to full-bodied, pure and majestic wine. This concentrated, dense, but nevertheless strikingly elegant, multi-layered wine has a finish of 45+ seconds. It builds incrementally to a crescendo and finale. This is a stunner that can be approached already, but promises to be better in another 5-10 years and last at least 25 or more years."
Antonio Galloni - 99 Points
"In two recent tastings the 2005 Château Margaux has been nothing less than magnificent. A wine of stunning perfume and inner sweetness, the 2005 gradually opens to reveal layers of red-toned fruit intermingled with floral accents. It's as if all the classic Margaux signatures have been amped up in a huge way. Dehydration on the vine concentrated the fruit, but also the impression of tannin and acid, such that the 2005 retains huge fruit density along with plenty of brightness as well. Vibrant and beautifully layered, the 2005 Grand Vin is off the charts and easily one of the wines of the vintage. Readers who own it or can find it are in for a real treat. Tasted two times."