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Château Margaux 1996

$1935.00 per bottle

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With wine production beginning in the 16th century — or possibly even earlier — Château Margaux has a venerable history. It was one of only four wines to acquire first growth status in the 1855 Bordeaux Classification.

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With wine production beginning in the 16th century — or possibly even earlier — Château Margaux has a venerable history. It was one of only four wines to acquire first growth status in the 1855 Bordeaux Classification.

The estate has changed hands many times over the course of its turbulent history. It was purchased in 1977 by André Mentzelopoulos, and is currently owned by his daughter, Corinne.

80 hectares of the estate are planted with 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot, with Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot making up the remaining 5%.

"After a dismal performance in the 1960s and 1970s, Château Margaux was resurrected in the 1980s and since has produced a string of near perfect wines. For over 20 years it has been a brilliantly consistent wine of stunning grace, richeness and complexity."

— Robert Parker

Jancis Robinson
Jancis Robinson MW
18/20 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.
Robert Parker
Robert Parker
99 The 1996 Château 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 Château 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 colour 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 flavour in the mouth. I do believe this wine will develop an extraordinary perfume, and possess a high level of richness.
Name Château Margaux
Vintage 1996
Type Rouge / Red
Appellation Margaux
Classification 1er Cru Classé (1st growth)
Grape Varieties Cabernet Sauvignon; Merlot; Cabernet Franc
Format 750ml
Average Age of Vines 35 years old
Production 200,000 bottles
Soil Sandy gravels over clay
Winemaking 3 weeks' maceration and fermentation in wooden vats
Ageing 18-24 months in new oak barrels
Website http://www.chateau-margaux.com/
Food Pairings Beef; Mushrooms; Grilled Meat
Occasions Romantic Dinner; Celebrations; Business Dinner; Anniversary
When to Drink Enjoy over the next 20 Years