1998 Margaux

FRANCE / BORDEAUX / MARGAUX
  • 91 WA
  • 90 WS
  • 92 IWC
  • 93 JR
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 53554-1998-750-1A
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 90

    Gorgeous aromas of berry, currant and exotic spices, especially cinnamon. Medium- to full-bodied, with layers of silky tannins and ripe berry and raspberry on the palate. An outstanding Margaux.
    Author: James Suckling
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

    Medium ruby. Cool, floral aromas of red berries, violet, cocoa powder, graphite and spicy oak, along with a whiff of smoked meat. Juicy, sharply delineated and austere; a classic, adamantly dry claret with superb intensity and grip. This is beginning to close up, unlike the '99. But really expands on the very long, perfumed finish. Tannins are dusty but even.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2001
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating:

    Sweet nose that seemed slightly oaky at first - certainly very different from the rest and perhaps not quite as perfumed and silky as one would like. Although it grew in the glass to be more stereotypically Margaux - certainly no lack of concentration and fruit. Lots of life and energy and then attractive sweetness all within a pretty firm framework. Attractive balance.ÿStill very dense - seems at about the right point of evolution for a 10 year-old first growth. Still quite a bit of tannin but the fruit is maturing nicely. Very fresh - may be too much so?
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 91

    The 1998 Margaux's color is a dense ruby/purple. The wine is tannic and austere, but elegant, with notes of asphalt, blackberries, acacia flowers, and sweet, toasty oak. Subtle, rich, nicely-textured, and medium-bodied, it is built for the long haul.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 5

    Author: Winelover
  • Self | Rating:

    CORKED! :-(
    Author: Dionysus
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Left to breath fro 2 hours. A powerful wine with well integrated tannins. Typical Chateau Margaux noise of soft sweet perfume. Lots of leather, dark berry fruit. Not as soft and fruity as the 1997, I suspect it needs another 3 - 5 years.
    Drink Dates: 2014-2025
    Author: Phil the Greek
  • Self | Rating: 87

    This was my least favorite vintage as the harvest rains seems to have caused some dilution in Margaux, as well as several other upper Medocs from ?98 that I've tasted (I generally prefer the '99s Medocs to the '98s, so this is no surprise). The wine is backward, austere and currently has a structure which overwhelms the modest character of the wine. There are some cassis, violet and huckleberry notes to be found, but this wine is currently more about acid and tannin than it is about enjoyment (although the Margaux charm is still there!). While time may resolve some of the tannin, I wouldn'timagine that the substance can withstand too much aggressive aging
    Drink Dates: 04-01-2008
    Author: Brad Coelho
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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Located in the southwest of France, Bordeaux is the single largest fine-wine-producing region in the world, with more than 15,000 growers spread over 57 appellations and more than 700 million bottles produced annually. The region boasts a two-thousand-year winemaking history and some of the wine world's most recognized and highly sought-after names. Red Bordeaux blends comprise eighty percent of production, but dry and sweet whites are also well-known. The region is divided into the Left and Right Banks (of the Dordogne River); Cabernet Sauvignon prevails in the former and Merlot in the latter.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 1805 bottles owned
  • 321 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 93
    (Out of 321 collectors)