A dinner without wine is like a day without sunshine

 

Hello again,

After a small introduction to wine world I proposed you in the last article I would like to continue our journey starting with an excellent red wine article (I meant excellent wine not excellent article)

Chateau Margaux – my favourite

 

A bottle of Chateau Margaux is considered to be one of the most sophisticated  bottles of red wine you can sample in the world. This French red wine is produced on a Bordeaux estate that dates back 800 years, from vines that have been cultivated over 400 years.

This wine estate presents one of four wines, which achieved Premier cru status in the Bordeaux Classification of 1855.  I would like to recommend you to try this wine, as it’s available in most of the restaurants in Monaco.

Types of Chateau Margaux:

Grand Vin- first wine of Chateau Margaux, has a lovely ruby red or purple colour. Experts often talk about its fruity aroma with hints of blackberry and cherry. It is said to have a coffee bean, mocha taste with a hint of spice and silky tannins that give it a soft, refined and elegant quality.

Pavillon Rouge- appeared in the 19th century and produced from the wines that aren’t retained for the Chateau Margaux during the blending process. It goes through the same process as GV but it’s often bottled three or four months earlier, which gives an advantage of evolving more rapidly in bottles and in fact, is ready to drink in a shorter period of time.

Pavillon Blanc- produced since the 19th century but under the actual name since 1920; bottled after seven or eight months of ageing in oak barrels. Ages very well; sometimes continue to improve for more than 30 years.

Margaux- limited in the production, available since September 2013 in France and United Kingdom. Produced thanks to the exceptional quality of the 2009 vintage, aged in the barrels with the same care as Pavillon Rouge and bottled after 15 months. Unique!

Interesting facts:

  • A bottle of Chateau Margaux 1787 holds the record as the most expensive bottle of wine ever broken, insured at $225,000!
  • The first Bordeaux to be sold at Christie’s was sold off in 1776 and was a vintage bottle of 1771 Chateau Margaux.
  • Actress and model Margaux Hemmingway, Ernest Hemmingway’s granddaughter, was named after the wine. Her parents were drinking it on the night she was conceived.
  • Coca-Cola was prevented from buying the company by President Giscard d’Estaing in 1973, who claimed the brand was a national treasure.

 

Wine with Dinner :)

Yours,

Aleksandra Kąckowska

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