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
Other wines from Chateau Margaux
1982 Chateau Margaux: £740
1983 Chateau Margaux: £790
1996 Chateau Margaux: £970
2006 Chateau Margaux: £450
2006 Pavillon Rouge du Chateau Margaux: £170
2007 Chateau Margaux: £420
2008 Pavillon Rouge du Chateau Margaux: £170
2009 Chateau Margaux: £805
2010 Chateau Margaux: £820
2010 Pavillon Rouge du Chateau Margaux: £215