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1996 Margaux 750ml
1996 Margaux
France - Bordeaux - Margaux / First Growth
Red / Bordeaux Blend
1996 Margaux
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Professional Reviews

IWC
96(+?)

International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer Issue: Issue 103

($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

Jancis Robinson Author: Jancis Robinson

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

Wine Advocate Author: Robert Parker Issue: 122

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

Wine Spectator Author: James Suckling

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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Community Reviews

Peter B Trust Rating: 96 Tasted On: 04/08/2012 Drink Dates:

Incredibly beautiful wine. had at my 50th dinner. amazing.

90

Wang Chong Trust Rating: 94 Tasted On: 10/06/2009

Tallydoc Trust Rating: 92 Tasted On: 08/11/2010 Drink Dates: 2008-2040

99

VinoDeparture Trust Rating: 98 Tasted On: 02/12/2007

1 of 1 people found this review useful.

99

Jlc1283 Trust Rating: 100 Tasted On: 12/02/2008

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