1996 Chateau Margaux Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
  • WA 100
  • JL 99
  • NM 98
  • VN 96
  • WS 95
  • JD 95
  • JR 93

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WA 100
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, October 2016
The 1996 Chateau Margaux, a blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc, must be a strong contender for wine of the vintage. It offers everything you desire from this First Growth... The 1996 Chateau Margaux, a blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc, must be a strong contender for wine of the vintage. It offers everything you desire from this First Growth. It is blessed with breathtaking delineation and freshness on the nose, understated at first and then blossoming with mineral-infused black fruit, hints of blueberry, crushed stone and violet. The palate is perfectly balanced with filigree tannin, perfect acidity, a wine where everything seems to be in its right place. Blackberry, crushed stone at the front of the mouth, just a touch of spice towards the finish that shows supreme control. This is a Margaux that seems to light up the senses. It was outstanding in its youth...something that has not changed one bit over the intervening two decades. This may well turn out to be the Left Bank pinnacle of the 1990s. Tasted July 2016. - Neal Martin
JL 99
TheWineCellarInsider.com, November 2018
Stunning! That is the only word this tasting note really needs. But for those that like more detail, this is intensely concentrated, opulent, silky and fresh. The fruit is perfectly ripe, pure, sweet and offers lift and... Stunning! That is the only word this tasting note really needs. But for those that like more detail, this is intensely concentrated, opulent, silky and fresh. The fruit is perfectly ripe, pure, sweet and offers lift and length. Elegant from start to finish, this has entered into maturity, but there is no hurry to drink it. I am sure the 96 Margaux will provide pleasure and positive evolution for at least another 25-35 years, if well stored. Read more at:https://www.thewinecellarinsider.com/search-wine-tasting-notes/?szSearch=1996+Chateau+Margaux+
NM 98
Neal Martin's Wine Journal, July 2009
Tasted at Bordeaux Index Chateau Margaux dinner at The Square. A consistent note to the bottle poured at El Bulli. That crystalline nose, the purity, the mineralite – it is all there. The palate is razor-sharp, brilliant... Tasted at Bordeaux Index Chateau Margaux dinner at The Square. A consistent note to the bottle poured at El Bulli. That crystalline nose, the purity, the mineralite – it is all there. The palate is razor-sharp, brilliant focused with those silky tannins that caress the mouth, lascivious blackberry, black plum and blueberry towards the finish. Stunning. Drink 2010-2035+
VN 96
Vinous, July 2002
96+ Bright full ruby. Pure, perfumed aromas of cassis and violet. Dense and tactile in the mouth; a huge, chewy wine with major extract but also considerable refinement. Almost painfully backward today, and a bit less... 96+ Bright full ruby. Pure, perfumed aromas of cassis and violet. Dense and tactile in the mouth; a huge, chewy wine with major extract but also considerable refinement. Almost painfully backward today, and a bit less perfumed than it was in the year or so after the bottling, but the huge tannins show no hardness. Another great expression of cabernet sauvignon from the '96 vintage. Drink 2015 through 2040.
WS 95
Wine Spectator, January 2014
Fully formed now, with a rush of steeped currant and black tea notes that are melded with a backdrop of anise, sandalwood, bergamot and charcoal. The long, suave finish lets the perfume linger, with a weighty feel. This... Fully formed now, with a rush of steeped currant and black tea notes that are melded with a backdrop of anise, sandalwood, bergamot and charcoal. The long, suave finish lets the perfume linger, with a weighty feel. This seems to mark the start of the refinement of tannins; despite the power, this is all grace and elegance.—Non-blind Château Margaux vertical (December 2013). Drink now through 2031. –JM
JD 95
jebdunnuck.com, March 2019
The 1996 Château Margaux comes from a cooler year and has always been a more focused, structured, even reserved wine. It has classic notes of crème de cassis, crushed rocks, graphite, and flowers, with more lead pencil... The 1996 Château Margaux comes from a cooler year and has always been a more focused, structured, even reserved wine. It has classic notes of crème de cassis, crushed rocks, graphite, and flowers, with more lead pencil and spice notes developing with time in the glass. While it was impenetrable on release, it’s showing some evolution today and is medium to full-bodied, beautifully balanced, and seamless on the palate, with remarkable length. While I’ve never found this vintage to be at the level of the 1982 or 2000, it’s pure class as well as a thrilling example of the estate. The blend of the 1996 is 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, and the balance Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc, and it should continue evolving gracefully for another two decades or more.
JR 93
Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages, February 2011
Dark crimson. Very fine, together and fragrant. Sweet and very Margaux – super charming. Already quite evolved for a first growth! Lovely polish. Though you would need to distract from the fine tannins there in abundance... Dark crimson. Very fine, together and fragrant. Sweet and very Margaux – super charming. Already quite evolved for a first growth! Lovely polish. Though you would need to distract from the fine tannins there in abundance on the finish. Very fresh. No shortage of acidity. A little fragile and spiky. 18/20
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Margaux
Vintage 1996

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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

Chateau Margaux

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.