Robert Parker 99 | CellarTracker 98 | WineIsuppose 97
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What Chateau Latour is in intensity, is what Chateau Margaux brings in femininity. Astonishing elegance and intensity go hand in hand in this superb wine. This Chateau Margaux 1996 is very typical for Chateau Margaux. Immense richness pairs with remarkable elegance. It is a wine that build in the mouth from a smooth and silky start to a concert of flavors and bouquet and all of that fully integrated and complex.
To enjoy this beauty one should sit down together with an old friend, much rather than at a dinner for 10 (who am I to say that), while discussing the depths and horizons of life. It just invites one to become philosophical while at the same time nothing matters anymore really. Exceptional!
| Eugene Bergen, WineIsuppose
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.
| Robert Parker
|Region||France | Bordeaux | Margaux|
|Bottle size||standard bottle (0,75L)|
Bottles in perfect condition: Capsules excellent. Levels into the neck. Labels are slightly aged. Stored in fully conditioned cellar.
|When to drink||2005-2040|