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1996 Château Margaux

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Médoc
  • Margaux
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Community Tasting Notes 249

  • pkouchu wrote: 98 points

    January 27, 2021 - leather, pencil shavings, cassis, cigar box, cedar, black currant, red currant, dark cherries, menthol, blackberries, tea, violets, and mocha.

    Finely textured, silky and smooth texture, elegant. The fruit is still ripe and has entered early stages of maturity, clean pop of acidity.

    classic.

  • baxter67 Likes this wine: 98 points

    January 1, 2021 - Decanted. Very shy at first. After 1 hour still reticent and lean. Really needed 4 hours to fully open up. Worth the wait. Nose still quite restrained, palate beautiful, subtle, complex, mouth-coating, tannins fully integrated. Black fruits, cassis, tobacco, a little spice and violet. Approaching perfection.

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  • englishman's claret wrote: 95 points

    December 12, 2020 - Why is it that Chateau Margaux is so often heralded as a superlatively elegant wine? Because it often has a gentle floral note? true, but it’s always big and structured. Because it was really elegant in the pre-Ginestet era? perhaps, but lots of chateaux were more elegant renditions of their current selves prior to the 70s. Because “elegance” is sometimes the positive spin on the bevy of light-ish Margaux commune wines that underperformed for so long (many of which are admirably striving to better themselves) and that attribute must be epitomized by the king of the commune? I’m not entirely sure, but since Margaux’s rejuvenation in the 1980s I have admittedly not found it a particularly elegant wine.

    So why the long preamble? Well, I’m not sure it’s helpful to cling to that notion that success at Chateau Margaux *should* be linked to this notion of a diaphanous, ephemeral wine. If you insist on that, the 96 Margaux might fall short - but if you don’t, it’s really quite nice. Best after about 4 hours of air, the 96 Margaux shows what I think of as a typical Ch Margaux nose, full of sweet raspberries, pencil, cedar, a touch of acacia, Ethiopian coffee. The palate is quite concentrated with almost painfully intense pencil shavings. The loads of tannin here can distract a bit from the long, pencilly finish but time should rectify that and while I readily agree this is muscular I wouldn’t call to corpulent. I do admire its integrated alcohol and good acidity. Ideally, forget about these for another 5-10 years.

    5 people found this helpful Comment
  • aquacongas Likes this wine: 99 points

    November 15, 2020 - not blind
    decanted for 5-10 hours, undestroyable. Still the fruit notes are dominating. Black currant, black berries. some cedar wood and beginning tobacco. at a great stage now and for the next 30 years. 99-100

  • eschaefer Likes this wine: 96 points

    November 8, 2020 - Ok a 96 for a 96. Ive scored two diff Margaux @ 100 and this one may get there. I mean that because it was youthful, and I would’ve guessed it to be more like mid 2000’s. Slightly lighter edge but no bricking really. Medium garnet color and translucent. Medium bodied. Polished tannins with good acidity. Cedar, dried autumn leaves, rose petals and chartreuse on the nose. Cedar notes, cassis and black cherry on the palate. A little tobacco leaf. Elongated savory finish, very signature there. It’s awesome. Highest recommendation

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  • By Richard Jennings
    4/8/2011 (link) 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

  • By Richard Jennings
    1/16/2004 (link) 97 points

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

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1996
  • Type Red
  • Producer Château Margaux
  • Varietal Red Bordeaux Blend
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country France
  • Region Bordeaux
  • SubRegion Médoc
  • Appellation Margaux
  • UPC Codes 041333214016, 071570017521, 400009710021, 607921015368, 607921024131, 714153134733

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  • Pending Delivery 246 (2%)
  • In Cellars 10,009 (74%)
  • Consumed 3,342 (25%)

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