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Community Tasting Notes (117) Avg Score: 96.2 points

  • Verticale du Château Margaux: "Un nez de cabernet!" ai-je d'abord écrit spontanément. Séduisant avec ses notes de prunes, de mine de crayon, de cèdre avec quelques accents fumés.
    En bouche, un corps moyen, il joue admirablement la carte de l'élégance, avec une texture crémeuse, beaucoup de finesse, une finale saline qui s'étire longuement. C'est un vin complet, le plus aérien du groupe, un grand vin qui s'impose naturellement sans rien forcer, comme un grand diplomate! 97 pts

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  • Wine doesn't get much better. Decanted for 2 hours although I tried a glass upon pop too. Magical aroma of flowers, chocolate, lead pencil, red fruit, but it just had something different. This was not Bordeaux, it was magical.

    The palate is just insane. Silky smooth. Supremely balanced. It's drinking wonderfully now but will last for 2 decades or more.

    Finish last forever.

    The only reason I don't give 100 is that i bet this will be better in 10-20 years.

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  • Whoa! This exactly the mind-blowing perfection your senses conjure up when you are lying in bed thinking of your favorite encounters with Chateau Margaux. Pure and clean with minimal sediment, this wine is fully mature at age 18

    The rich nose of boysenberry and dark fruit leads to an explosion of layers and seamless fruit which sail on and on forever.

    If a date, this is a highly educated 30 year old 36-24-36 bombshell who takes you home and makes you reconsider your entire life of sexual escapades as being minor and somewhat insignificant to that point.

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  • The flamboyant 1996 is another momentous Chateau Margaux. It is endowed with a lavish deep ruby core and exuberant aromas of blueberries, chocolate, led pencil shavings, damp earth and cigar humidor. This hedonistic concoction spoils the palate with its incredibly soft texture and perfectly integrated, well polished tannins while revealing delicate, yet pronounced notes of wild raspberries, burnt tar, caramel, kirsch and creme de cassis. And as one may expect after such a high display of refinement and finesse the endless velvety finish is yet another stunning quality of this truly outstanding wine. A marvel with a long and bright future ahead of it still. Enjoy it over the next twenty-five years.

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  • Trelio with the fellas (Clovis Ca.): Had along with the 89….this 96 was drinking really well! Great balance, yet still quite youthful. Beautiful earth spice perfume….elegant, darker berried fruit than the 89…..complexities of leather, wood spice, pencil shavings, graphite powder, dusty earth….soft and silky. Wonderful!

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Vintage Tastings

  • By John Kapon
    Chicago Recap, 11/2/2011 97 points

    (Margaux) The Margaux took it up two notches and lived up to its reputation as one of the wines of the vintage. I have consistently found this to be one of the great, young Margaux…period. There were rich black fruits, and the wine was so seductive, yet firm. The iron fist and velvet glove were in full force and syncronicity, and while meaty, the Margaux remained simultaneously svelte.

  • By Richard Jennings
    4/8/2011, (See more on 93 points

    (Château Margaux) Bricked medium red violet color; mature, mushroom, cedar, tart cassis nose; mature, mushroom, cedar, tart cassis palate with structure; medium-plus finish

Vintage Tastings

  • By John Kapon
    From the East, 9/16/2010 95+ points

    (Margaux) The 1996 Margaux that followed was so different in style. The ’96 jumped out of the glass with lots of powerful chocolate and caramel, followed by a hint of medicine, which became amplified with some time. However, the medicine came and thankfully went. There were loads of tannins and alcohol here. The 1996 was incredibly long, but a bit dormant at the moment.
  • By John Kapon
    Hong Kong Diaries 2009, BYO, 5/29/2009 96 points

  • By John Kapon
    1995 vs 1996 Bordeaux, 10/27/2008 97 points

    (Margaux) Our last pair was Margaux, beginning with the 1996 Margaux. The Margaux nose was super sexy, jumping out of the glass with its candied edge, almost like a root beer float without the root beer. Make that an ice cream soda, that’s what it was, black ‘n white with a little egg cream. The nose was toasty, spicy and spiny, full of coffee, nut and leather aromas, with enough t ‘n a for an S & M dungeon. The palate was thick and long with great acidity, and flavor and aromas of beef bouillon complicated matters in this complex wine (97).
  • By John Kapon
    Shanghai Nights, 8/14/2007 97 points

    (Margaux) The 1996 Margaux had a spicier nose; its tannins and alcohol jumped out right away compared to the charm and tickle of 1995. There was more of a cedary whiff to its profile. The personality of the nose was strict and stern, spiny and long, deep and dungeon-y. There was definitely some spank to the ’96; it was as if little miss ’95 went home after work and put on the full black leather outfit and let her hair down, whip in hand. The palate was enormous compared to the ’95, with a tidal wave of a finish and massive acidity and gritty, dry tannins. Its length was superb; this is easily a 50-100 year wine, and after some time, even some dense fruit developed. Superb stuff


  • By Chris Kissack
    November 2006, (See more on Winedoctor...) 19+ points

    (Chateau Margaux Margaux) An interesting vintage for Paul Pontallier, who became a father this year but regretfully informed his wife partway through the year that it was not to be a great vintage. Then the weather changed, and the results were fabulous. This shows a little more maturity than the preceding two wines, but also more depth, with a deep, dark core with just a little oxblood-pin at the rim. The nose is fine and very, very impressive. There is definition and maturity, with wonderful, classic aromatics of iron, mineral and rose petal Margaux character. On the palate, this wine has the classic composition that I associate with the left bank wines of 1996; pure, rounded now maturing fruit, finely structured and very delineated. Wonderful grip and style, the major change being a yielding to the pure black fruits of youth to a more mature style. Broad and brilliantly balanced, but still displaying much tannin. Needs ten years at least, but this is truly a great.

  • By Richard Jennings
    1/16/2004, (See more on 97 points

    (Château Margaux) Tight, berry and vanilla nose; great, young yet, tight, cherry and vanilla palate; very long finish

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