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1996 Margaux Bordeaux Blend - France - Bordeaux - Margaux - Red - First Growth

France - Bordeaux - Margaux

Red Bordeaux Blend - First Growth
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Chateau Margaux is one of the five First Growths ranked in the 1855 Bordeaux Classification. The neo-Palladian style chateau was built in the 18th century by architect Louis Combes for the Marquis de la Colonilla. Chateau Margaux has been well regarded in history and stands among Thomas Jefferson's favorite chateaux. Since 1977, the estate has been directed by the Mentzelopoulos family with... More »

Score
97
JR 18
IWC 96(+?)
WA 99
WS 95
Drink Dates
Comm: 2006-2040 IWC: 2015-2040 WA: 2005-2040 WS: 2008+
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IWC 96(+?)
Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 103
Drink Dates 2015-2040

($315-$399) Bright full ruby. Pure, perfumed aromas of cassis and violet. Dense and tactile in the mouth; a huge, chewy wine with major extract but also considerable refinement. Almost painfully backward today, and a bit less perfumed than it was in the year or so after the bottling, but the huge tannins show no hardness. Another great expression of cabernet sauvignon from the '96 vintage.

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JR 18
Source Jancis Robinson
Drink Dates 2006-2020

Dark crimson. Very fine, together and fragrant. Sweet and very Margaux – super charming. Already quite evolved for a first growth! Lovely polish. Though you would need to distract from the fine tannins there in abundance on the finish. Very fresh. No shortage of acidity. A little fragile and spiky.

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WA 99
Source Wine Advocate
Issue 122
Drink Dates 2005-2040

The 1996 Chateau Margaux, which was bottled in September, 1998, is undoubtedly one of the great classics produced under the Mentzelopoulos regime. In many respects, it is the quintessential Chateau Margaux, as well as the paradigm for this estate, combining measured power, extraordinary elegance, and admirable complexity. I tasted the wine on three separate occasions in January, and in short, it's a beauty! The color is opaque purple. The wine offers extraordinarily pure notes of blackberries, cassis, pain grille, and flowers, gorgeous sweetness, a seamless personality, and full body, with nothing out of place. The final blend (85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, and the rest Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc) contains a high percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon. It tastes complete and long, although backward. My instincts suggest this wine will shut down, but at present it is open-knit, tasting like a recently bottled wine. The fruit is exceptionally sweet and pure, and there are layers of flavor in the mouth. I do believe this wine will develop an extraordinary perfume, and possess a high level of richness.

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WS 95
Source Wine Spectator
Drink Dates 2008+

Sleek and racy Margaux. Inky black in color, with intense aromas of wood-tinged blackberry, violet, cherry followed by mineral and berry flavors that unfold across the palate and go on and on. Full-bodied and powerful, with a compact fruit and tannin structure.

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Author Peter B
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 96.457%
Tasted On 04/08/2012
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Incredibly beautiful wine. had at my 50th dinner. amazing.

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Author Wang Chong
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 93.6%
Tasted On 10/06/2009
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Author Tallydoc
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 92.373%
Tasted On 08/11/2010
Drink Dates 2008-2040
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Author VinoDeparture
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 98.385%
Tasted On 02/12/2007
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Author Jlc1283
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 100%
Tasted On 12/02/2008
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Author gm
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 44.545%
Tasted On 06/13/2009
Drink Dates 2010-2045
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Author JDF1960
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 86.765%
Tasted On 05/26/2009
Drink Dates 2005-2040
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Author winefolio
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 80.523%
Tasted On 03/04/2009
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Author dave1161
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 13.725%
Tasted On 12/24/2008
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Author Spike
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 78.333%
Tasted On 08/12/2008
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Author Brad Coelho
Site / Blog Unidentified Appellation Trust Rating 97.255%
Tasted On 06/18/2008
Drink Dates 04/01/2008

Although ?96 was in line w/ the ?95 in the regard that it was more about potential, it was the cr?me de la tasting! This vintage of Margaux was somewhat reserved as well, but much flirtier and more exuberantly perfumed than the ?95 as it simply wouldn'tbe contained! Notions of lilacs, cut cedar, graphite, black currant, blueberry sauce and wild berries seem to be on the verge of total eruption, but are grounded in a streamlined sense of impeccable finesse that seems almost haunting. A true synthesis of strength and grace and should be a wonder to watch evolve. If I were a millionaire, this would be the wine for me to pop on my 25th wedding anniversary

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Author metlaw
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 77.477%
Tasted On 12/01/1980
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