1981 Margaux 750ml

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1981 Margaux

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Bordeaux Book(1998) | 91

In weight and texture, the 1981 Margaux is closest in style to the 1979. It is an outstanding wine, even in the company of the monumental wines of 1982, 1983, and 1986, although it does not have the power and weight of these vintages. It is still very dark ruby/purple-colored. The aromatics suggest ripe cassis fruit, spicy vanillin oakiness, and violets. On the palate, the wine is medium-bodied, concentrated, tannic, and extremely long. It is just beginning to open and evolve. Last tasted, 12/96.

Drink Dates: 1996-2015
Author: Robert Parker


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Wine Spectator | 95

The other wine of the vintage. Seriously powerful with fabulous color and mint, cassis and berry aromas and flavors. Has a full body and is tannic; still needs time to come around. --The Bordeaux 50.

Drink Dates: 1997+
Author: James Suckling


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Score: 91
Author: marv
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 06/25/2014
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Score: 92
Author: BORDEAUXLICIOUS
Trust Rating: 92
Tasted On: 06/22/2013
The 81 has a light red, semi-opaque core with a hint of orange and rust, fading slightly towards the rim. The nose screams of dried roses and perfume. Slightly hinting at oak, raspberries, red currant and sour cherry. A mature nose but by no means over the hill rather quite elegant and soft. Medium-bodied, hinting at forest mushrooms at first but with a little time in the decanter it is showing sweet currants and dark berry fruit. Elegant and complex with the tannins resolved and mild acidity, a nice balance over all. It lingers a while on the finish . This is drinking gracefully now, a very nice wine for the vintage.
Score: 91
Author: Miguel L
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 03/07/2010
Drink Dates: 2010-2015
Auction purchase, cork did its job, only just! Quiet nose, so gave it slow oxygen for 6 hours, no decant. Translucent ruby. Earthy barnyard aromas cleared out to reveal a fading garden of violets and worn saddle. Such evolved texture and integrated tannins, completely at ease in retirement. Long finish. All depends on the bottle at this point. A pleasure with an herb-roasted boneless leg of lamb.

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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 winemaking team director Paul Pontallier, cellar master Jean Grangerou and consulting oenologist Emile Peynaud. The vineyards are primarily Cabernet Sauvignon (75%), with the balance composed of Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. In addition to the chateau's grand vin, the estate produces a second label called Pavillon Rouge de Chateau Margaux and Pavillon Blanc de Chateau Margaux, a white made from Sauvignon Blanc. Chateau Margaux's finest vintages include 1900, 1928, 1953, 1961, 1982, 1983, 1986, 1990, 1996, 2000, 2003, and 2005.

Margaux is often considered the most "feminine" of the First Growths. It is sensuous with fine tannins that give it a sense of clarity. The wine has dark berry aromas such as boysenberry or blackberries. The bouquet is characterized by ripe black currants, spicy vanilla and violets. A strong minerality is often found in the lengthy finish.

Chateau Margaux, featured in The World of Fine Wine: Chateau Margaux A Deux

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