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IWC 96
WA 99
WS 92

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"Ruby-purple color. Knockout nose combines boysenberry, cassis, bitter chocolate, mocha and smoky oak. Like liquid velvet in the mouth..."

Product Overview

"Ruby-purple color. Knockout nose combines boysenberry, cassis, bitter chocolate, mocha and smoky oak. Like liquid velvet in the mouth: dense, rich and pure. Pure dark berry and mocha flavors show uncanny inner-mouth perfume. Extremely long and fine on the finish. The refined, thoroughly buffered tannins spread over the entire mouth. Essence of ripe Margaux cabernet: there's just 9% merlot in this wine. "

Wine Details

Bottle Size 750ml
Vintage 1996
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Producer Chateau Margaux
Region Bordeaux
Appellation Margaux
Color Red
Country France
Featured Product No
Price $705.00

International Wine Cellarage (IWC) Review

IWC 96
Ruby-purple color. Knockout nose combines boysenberry, cassis, bitter chocolate, mocha and smoky oak. Like liquid velvet in the mouth: dense, rich and pure. Pure dark berry and mocha flavors show uncanny inner-mouth perfume. Extremely long and fine on the finish. The refined, thoroughly buffered tannins spread over the entire mouth. Essence of ripe Margaux cabernet: there's just 9% merlot in this wine.

Wine Advocate (WA) Review

WA 99
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. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2040.

Wine Spectactor (WS) Review

WS 92
Complex aromas of crushed blackberries and toasted oak, with hints of tar. Full-bodied, with big, chewy tannins and hints of vanilla bean and coffee underneath. A bit chewy still, and needs a couple more years to resolve the angular tannins.'88/'98 Bordeaux blind retrospective (2008). Best after 2010.
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