The 2008 offers superb classical style, a pure expression of what one can expect of a great Margaux in a year in which the great terroirs and the
expertise of the wine makers can really shine.
The bouquet is fresh and intense, with notes of liquorice, blackcurrant and violet, complemented by hints of spices (pepper, vanilla) and minerals that provide extra substance.
In the mouth, the 2008 expresses its noble character, with a powerful yet elegant texture. Its minerality and distinguished character reflect the grandeur of the terroir. The finish is very long and powerful, while at the same time remaining elegant and smooth.
This is an aristocratic wine that can be laid down for many years.
In terms of weather conditions, 2008 was notable for the slightly cooler than usual summer. However, the vines benefited from a dry, sunny late summer period, with very mild daytime temperatures and very cold nights. This Indian summer enabled an extended ripening phase with the grapes remaining in excellent health, botrytis being prevented by the low night-time temperatures and dry conditions.
The grapes were thus able to reach optimum ripeness and, when harvested, were concentrated and rich in flavour, with a fairly high level of acidity, suggesting a classic vintage that will improve with age over many years.
- Merlot: 26 september to 6 october
- Cabernet franc: 6 october
- Cabernet sauvignon: 6 to 17 october
Average yield: 37 hL/ha
• Cabernet sauvignon : 75%
• Merlot : 22%
• Cabernet franc : 3%