Château Margaux Margaux Premier Grand Cru Classé Red Bordeaux Blend 1996

$769

...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...It tastes complete and long...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. Robert Parker

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Ratings on Delectable

Martin G Rivard Delectable Pro

WOTN! This blew away all others. Thank you kirk for donating this elegant beauty & the 2nd flight Screagle for us to try!! A wet dirty diaper nose that just begged you to try it to prove it wrong!!! Could not put the glass down until it was conquered

WOTN! This blew away all others. Thank you kirk for donating this elegant beauty & the 2nd flight Screagle for us to try!! A wet dirty diaper nose that just begged you to try it to prove it wrong!!! Could not put the glass down until it was conquered

9.9

Greg Ballington Delectable Pro

Co-Founder of Millennial Drinkers Wine Blog

Deep brick red with a ruby hue. Lovely age on the nose with leather, dusty, mushrooms, dried cherries and a little dirty diaper. Medium tannins (6/10) and full bodied. Layered palate with notes of dried cherries, leaves, forest floor and truffles. Long finish. Drink till 2045.

Deep brick red with a ruby hue. Lovely age on the nose with leather, dusty, mushrooms, dried cherries and a little dirty diaper. Medium tannins (6/10) and full bodied. Layered palate with notes of dried cherries, leaves, forest floor and truffles. Long finish. Drink till 2045.

9.7

Matt Duncan Delectable Pro

Oh hell yes. Dark, tannic, brooding.

Oh hell yes. Dark, tannic, brooding.

9.4

Greg Gregory Delectable Pro

Nowhere near showing what it's going to be in a decade. Amazing floral characteristics. Roses galore. Having next to the 2010 BRAND Napa Valley, a friend that hasn't ever had wines like this before incredibly stated, "The Margaux is the mother and the BRAND is the daughter". Wow. Couldn't have expressed it better myself. I think he has a future in wine!

Nowhere near showing what it's going to be in a decade. Amazing floral characteristics. Roses galore. Having next to the 2010 BRAND Napa Valley, a friend that hasn't ever had wines like this before incredibly stated, "The Margaux is the mother and the BRAND is the daughter". Wow. Couldn't have expressed it better myself. I think he has a future in wine!

9.5

Doug Kahn Delectable Pro

Prettiest 1st growth I've had of this vintage. Plenty of potential though

Prettiest 1st growth I've had of this vintage. Plenty of potential though

9.2

Yianni Stoner Delectable Pro

Classic lean and funky

Classic lean and funky

9.4

Doug Kahn Delectable Pro

Not ready

Not ready

9.0

Charles Antin Delectable Pro

Senior Wine Specialist/Auctioneer Zachys

Expressive, cedar, length.

Expressive, cedar, length.

9.3

Robert Cunningham Delectable Pro

Wine Educator DeVinimus, Wine Workshop

Lovely Margaux showing. Still not fully integrated and needs 10 more years for the tannins to soften. Rich red fruit on a solid tannic backbone.

Lovely Margaux showing. Still not fully integrated and needs 10 more years for the tannins to soften. Rich red fruit on a solid tannic backbone.

9.2

Monica Bourgeois Delectable Pro

Owner Neat Wines

An amazing friend shared this with us tonight and as I had no expectations because it came as a surprise, I have to say I can't imagine this wine drinking any better than this exact moment in time. Beautiful!

An amazing friend shared this with us tonight and as I had no expectations because it came as a surprise, I have to say I can't imagine this wine drinking any better than this exact moment in time. Beautiful!

9.6