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Robert Parker''s Wine Advocate 23/04/1999
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.
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. Drink 2016 - 2050.
– eRobertParker.com, Oct 2016
Youthful dark red, pale rimmed â€“ just a hint of brick; still fairly closed, with a suave, cedary new wood dominant over the crisp blackcurrant cabernet fruit; concentrated, elegantly balanced middleweight wine with a particularly fine, but still firm tannin and a fresh, harmonious acidity; very ripe but not mawkish blackcurrant cab fruit, mineral infused, so long and gently energetic across the palate, a beautifully sustained, effortless wine full of finesse, brimming with scent, and with great fragrant Margaux length; a wonderfully harmonious, absolutely complete beauty, but still dry-edged and a long way from a very fine maturity; a long, close grained, combination of power and delicacy. Fresh, sweet, rich, and so mouthfillingly persistent. Great wine! Leave until its 20th birthday. Drink 2016-36+
Quality 980 | Brand 998 | Economics 984 |
Quality: Predicted life of 14 years, one of the longest drinking windows in its peer group for the 1996 vintage, which averages 11 years Brand: Strong restaurant presence, featuring on 44 of the world's top wine lists, including Lung King Heen Economics: More traded at auction than its peers, its top 5 vintages having seen 4,675 75cl equivalent bottles traded in the past year Production: Higher production than its peer group average of 112,956 bottles
- www.wine-lister.com June 2017