1988 Margaux 750ml

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WS 95   RP 88   Collector 96
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Spectator | Rating: 95

Still not giving all it has to offer, this shows wonderful aromas and flavors of currant, violet, tobacco and earth. Full-bodied and powerful, with a solid underpinning of firm yet silky tannins. A classic Margaux.--1988 Bordeaux horizontal.

Drink Dates: 2000+
Author: James Suckling


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Bordeaux Book(1998) | Rating: 88

The 1988 has a classic bouquet of violets and black currants intertwined with the vanillin scents of new oak. It is medium bodied and concentrated, but extremely hard and tannic. This elegantly wrought, yet surprisingly tough-textured wine should outlive the 1989. But will it ever provide as much pleasure? Last tasted, 4/91.

Drink Dates: 2000-2015
Author: Robert Parker


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Collector Reviews For This Wine


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Author: BORDEAUXLICIOUS
Trust Rating: 93
Tasted On: 05/20/2013
Flawed, oxidized bottle :(

Rating: 97
Author: Joe M682
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 01/31/2006
Drink Dates: 1998-2018

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Rating: 96
Author: Bapi Maitra
Trust Rating: 75
Tasted On: 02/07/2013

Rating: 94
Author: Pierre T184
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 09/27/2009
Drink Dates: 1998-2012
Deep ruby-red color with a peach-orange hue at the meniscus, black frui and cassis aoma with some sllight "wet-stone" on the nose. strong complex body, cherry-pit essence-violet and lilac undertones with still heavy tannins with a long finish.

Average rating: 92, based on 6 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

1318 bottles owned by 398 collectors.

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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

See other similar producers: Chateau Pichon Lalande, Chateau Mouton Rothschild, Chateau Leoville Poyferre

Wine Varietal: Bordeaux Blend


Six varieties are permitted to be used in a red Bordeaux blend: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, and, less frequently, Carmenere. Each lends a specific characteristic to the finished blends, most of which are dominated by large percentages of either Cabernet Sauvignon, which brings aromatics and age-ability, or Merlot, which adds softness and body. In the Bordeaux region, Cabernet blends are found on the Left Bank and Merlot on the Right.

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