1983 Margaux, Chateau Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 1.5L
  • WS 98
  • WA 96
  • IWC 95

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WS 98
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, October 1994
Wine of the vintage. Massive with exuberant aromas of cassis lead pencil and fruit which follow through on the palate. Full-bodied and incredibly velvety. Long long finish. Try after 1998.--The Bordeaux 50. -JS
WA 96
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, January 2003
As I have noted consistently this can be a breathtaking wine but having tasted it close to a dozen times since the last edition of this book over half the bottles were marred by tainted corks. In fact one would almost... As I have noted consistently this can be a breathtaking wine but having tasted it close to a dozen times since the last edition of this book over half the bottles were marred by tainted corks. In fact one would almost wonder if there was TCA problem in part of the wine storage area. The percentage of corked half-bottles is even higher than in the regular format. However when clean this 1983 which has seemingly reached full maturity far faster than I would have guessed a mere four years ago has a dense murky plum/purple color and a gorgeous nose of smoked herbs damp earth mushrooms and sweet creme de cassis intermixed with vanilla and violets The wine is medium to full-bodied deep rich and powerful with sweet tannins and loads of fruit concentration. Anticipated maturity: Now-2020. Last tasted 11/02. -Bordeaux Book 4th Edition
IWC 95
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, August 2002
Deep ruby-red. Exotic aromas of cassis meat and smoke plus a whiff of funky wood. Then remarkably sweet lush and suave with a flavor of raw berries. Pure Margaux silkiness allied to firm structure. Finishes very long with... Deep ruby-red. Exotic aromas of cassis meat and smoke plus a whiff of funky wood. Then remarkably sweet lush and suave with a flavor of raw berries. Pure Margaux silkiness allied to firm structure. Finishes very long with rich sweet tannins. Remarkable wine particularly considering that the bottle was not perfect. Pristine bottles of this wine are just now embarking on their period of peak drinkability which should last another 20 years or more.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Margaux
Vintage 1983

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Since the 17th Century, the grand vin of Chateau Margaux has been recognized as one of the greatest wines in the entire world. It owes its unique qualities to the genius of its terroir as well as to the passionate work of a succession of generations. It’s a remarkable wine that comes from a combination of characteristics that are only rarely found: finesse, elegance, complexity, density, intensity, length and freshness. Although its tannic concentration may be exceptional, it’s rare to detect astringency.

The great vintages are distinguished by their formidable ability to move us, while the lesser vintages give pleasure to wine enthusiasts. Chateau Margaux has an extraordinary ability to evolve with age, developing finesse, aromatic aromatic complexity, and a remarkable presence on the palate.

Winery

Margaux, Chateau

Chateau Margaux is a famous wine estate in the Medoc region, which along with Lafite, Latour and Haut Brion, was rated a First Growth in the original 1855 Bordeaux Classification. It covers 262 hectares, of which 82 hectares are planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc, and 12 hectares to Sauvignon Blanc.

In the 12th century, the property was called “La Mothe de Margaux” (the Margaux mound) and by the 16th century, wine was being produced at the estate. In 1705, the London Gazette advertised the first auction of 230 barrels of “Margose” and the 1771 vintage was the first “claret” to appear in a Christie’s catalogue. Indeed one of America’s Founding Fathers and vintner in his own right, Thomas Jefferson, visited this great estate in the late 18th century and declared it to be a vineyard of “first quality”. When Bertrand Douat, Marquis de la Colonilla, acquired the estate, he built the chateau that is often nicknamed the “Versailles of the Medoc”, a rare example of the neo-palladian style in France.

Andre Mentzelopoulos purchased the property in 1977, investing heavily in the estate and a program of improvements. Since his death in 1980, the property has been run by his daughter Corinne who continued his work in restoring the chateau to its former glory.