Château Bel Air-Marquis d'Aligre Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend 1996

Ratings on Delectable

Matt Perlman Delectable Pro

As others have noted, a world away from modern Bordeaux. High toned, as much red fruit driven as black, minimal (no?) wood or extraction. Accessible with a bit of air and continued to evolve over the next day. Raspberry, plum skin, black currant, tobacco leaf, old leather and earth. Tastes like a decent proportion of cab franc. Autumnal, austere, but not unwelcoming. Feels like something to sip on a quiet night in a wood paneled study by a fireplace.

As others have noted, a world away from modern Bordeaux. High toned, as much red fruit driven as black, minimal (no?) wood or extraction. Accessible with a bit of air and continued to evolve over the next day. Raspberry, plum skin, black currant, tobacco leaf, old leather and earth. Tastes like a decent proportion of cab franc. Autumnal, austere, but not unwelcoming. Feels like something to sip on a quiet night in a wood paneled study by a fireplace.

9.4

Lyle Fass Delectable Pro

Founder Fass Selections

Just gorgeous. No formal notes. So old school.

Just gorgeous. No formal notes. So old school.

9.5

Stefan Dolhain Delectable Pro

1996 vintage. An old-fashioned Margaux made by 85 year old Jean-Pierre Boyer (who has no succession by the way). No wood here, only concrete vats Very intriguing wine, evolved colour with orange rim. Nose opens up beautifully with air, reminiscent of crushed strawberries, cedar wood and flowers. Delicate and full of finesse, very much alive. Drinking beautifully now, but given how well it reacts to air exposure this wine can evolve for many years to come. Highly recommended if you want to taste a totally different Bordeaux. Only 12,5% Abv.

1996 vintage. An old-fashioned Margaux made by 85 year old Jean-Pierre Boyer (who has no succession by the way). No wood here, only concrete vats Very intriguing wine, evolved colour with orange rim. Nose opens up beautifully with air, reminiscent of crushed strawberries, cedar wood and flowers. Delicate and full of finesse, very much alive. Drinking beautifully now, but given how well it reacts to air exposure this wine can evolve for many years to come. Highly recommended if you want to taste a totally different Bordeaux. Only 12,5% Abv.

9.2

TJ Maxwell Delectable Pro

Wow., great surprise! Soooo good. No oak, pure Margaux character. Mature, and singing

Wow., great surprise! Soooo good. No oak, pure Margaux character. Mature, and singing

9.2

Diane Kessler

Old school and in the zone. Nose of florals, iron, berries. Much of the same on the palate along with tobacco. Tannins are mostly resolved. Should hold but so enjoyable now.

Old school and in the zone. Nose of florals, iron, berries. Much of the same on the palate along with tobacco. Tannins are mostly resolved. Should hold but so enjoyable now.

9.1

Son

The fruit is almost gone, smoke and earth taken over but this sample was quite thin body and energy waned

The fruit is almost gone, smoke and earth taken over but this sample was quite thin body and energy waned

8.8

Michael Piaker

4 November 2017. Verre de Terre, New York, NY.

4 November 2017. Verre de Terre, New York, NY.

8.8

Jarrod Kaplan

Corked. Didn't get to enjoy.

Corked. Didn't get to enjoy.

7.9

Location

  • 153 E 57th Street
    New York, NY 10022

  • Hours:
    Monday–Friday, 12 p.m.–8 p.m.
    Saturday, 12p.m. - 8 p.m.

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