There are peculiar anecdotes related to this winery. One of them involves Margaux Hemingway, granddaughter of the illustrious American writer, Ernest Hemingway. When she found out she was named after the wine her parents were drinking the night she was conceived, she changed the original spelling from “Margot” to “Margaux” to match.
The winery put for sale a very special Balthazar Château Margaux 2009. Luxury retailer Le Clos is the exclusive global partner selected to offer the coveted bottles for a record price of US$ 195,000 which makes it one of the most expensive wines in the world. The decision to put the Balthazar on display at the Le Clos store in Dubai International Airport proved to be a success given the high traffic of affluent consumers who come in and out of the oil-rich Emirate.
It is true that, in recent years, there have been wines whose final price exceeded that of the Balthazar by Château Margaux 2009. However, we should clarify that such sales have been carried out at special public auctions of historical or very special vintages. Never to this day has a bottle of wine as young as this one (2009) commanded such a high retail price.
Everything about Château Margaux 2009 is spectacular. The 12-liter bottle is set in an impressive box made with the best oak, symbolizing the barrels resting at the winery’s centuries old cellars in Bordeaux. The letters on the label are lavishly engraved in gold by master goldsmiths.
This was the first time in the history of the famous winery that their product was presented in a 12-liter bottle, also known as Balthazar. So far, six bottles have been produced, and only three were available for sale through Le Clos, which makes this a rare, exclusive wine and of course very expensive.
Château Margaux 2009 is considered one of the best vintages since the Mentzelopoulos family assumed ownership in 1977. It is a wine of wonderful concentration and finesse that owes its unique qualities to the excellent properties of the region and the passionate work of a succession of generations that continue to live in the land and care for its wines. This extraordinary vintage is the result of a combination of factors that rarely come together in the same wine: finesse, elegance, complexity, density, intensity, duration and freshness.
It is made with 87% cabernet sauvignon grapes and the rest are primarily merlot with small amounts of cabernet franc and petit verdot. Robert M. Parker, a world-renown wine expert, has referred to the Château Margaux 2009, as “rich, round, generous and unusually accessible for a young Margaux”. He has also stated, “it can be stored for 30 years, even longer, without losing its brilliant organoleptic properties”.
The firm promised that those lucky enough to purchase this valuable bottle of wine would be invited to travel on a first-class flight to Bordeaux, France, for a private visit to the vineyards and wineries of Château Margaux in the company of Paul Pontallier, Chief winemaker and CEO of the legendary wine house. An unforgettable evening that will end with a dinner of French haute cuisine accompanied, of course, by wines from the famous winery. ■