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Drinking old wines is about tasting the gentle melding of mature flavours but it is also about history. 1945 therefore has everything. It was one of the very best vintages of the 20th century and, of course, comes with the historical background of the final days of the victories over Nazi Germany.
Vandermeulen bottlings were very good during this period. They tend to command a 30% or so discount from the chateau bottlings but we believe that this is solely because you don’t get the original label of the chateau. We therefore recommend them for value.
This wine should still be in fine fettle.
The classic image of a Bordeaux chateau building is probably that of Chateau Margaux, considered the most elegant of the first growths. Ernest Hemingway’s granddaughter was named after the Chateau and the 1945 vintage is apparently the tipple of choice for Batman. After the 1940s, Margaux went through something of a slump in quality to the extent that it was barely economically viable by the early 70s. Since then though, it has come back to its former form and is now back in its rightful place at the summit of wine. The blend is 75% cabernet sauvignon, 20% merlot and a little of the rest, and two other wines are made here: Pavillon Rouge, the second wine, and Pavillon Blanc, a small production 100% sauvignon dry white wine.
1945 was an exceptional, very long-lived vintage in Bordeaux
Please allow 2-3 days for delivery
Other vintages of Chateau Margaux
1934: £790 per bottle
1982: £883 per bottle
1986: £658 per bottle
1996: £725 per bottle
1999: £442 per bottle
2003: £583 per bottle
2008: £483 per bottle
2009: £767 per bottle
2012: £417 per bottle
2014: £383 per bottle
2015: £1467 per bottle
Other wines from Chateau Margaux
2009 Pavillon Blanc du Chateau Margaux: £233 per bottle
2010 Pavillon Blanc du Chateau Margaux: £233 per bottle
2004 Pavillon Rouge du Chateau Margaux: £160 per bottle
2008 Pavillon Rouge du Chateau Margaux: £167 per bottle
2010 Pavillon Rouge du Chateau Margaux: £240 per bottle
2014 Pavillon Rouge du Chateau Margaux: £192 per bottle
2015 Pavillon Rouge du Chateau Margaux: £238 per bottle
2016 Pavillon Rouge du Chateau Margaux: £197 per bottle