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Château Margaux 1er Grand Cru Classé  1996 - Lot of 3 Bottles
Château Margaux 1er Grand Cru Classé  1996 - Lot of 3 Bottles Château Margaux 1er Grand Cru Classé  1996 - Lot of 3 Bottles

Château Margaux 1er Grand Cru Classé 1996

An iron fist in a velvet glove: recognised as one of the greatest wines in the world, the legendary Château Margaux combines perfection with density, refinement and complexity.

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Lot Description: Château Margaux 1er Grand Cru Classé 1996

Lot description

  • Quantity 3 Bottles
  • Level:3 into-neck
  • Label: 3 slightly marked label, 1 slightly scuffed label, 1 very slightly damaged label
  • Origin: Private individual
  • Type of cellar: Classic underground cellar
  • Recoverable VAT: No
  • Original Wooden Case: No
  • Custom Seal : no
  • Alcohol percentage : 12.50 %

Information about the wine

  • Country/Region: Bordeaux
  • Appellation/Wine: Margaux
  • Classification: 1er Grand Cru Classé
  • Producer/Owner: SCA du Château Margaux
  • Vintage: 1996
  • Color: Red
  • Grape variety: 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 5% Petit verdot
  • Peak: Drink ideally by 2040
  • Service temperature (in °C): 16

Information about the producer

  • Viticulture: Environment friendly
  • Size (in ha): 78
  • Volume: 150000 bottles
  • Intensity : Full-bodied
  • Dominant aroma : Black fruit
  • Tasting occasion : Gastronomic wine
  • Just to mention the name of Château Margaux is enough to make wine lovers tremble. This is a cru with a rare sense of clarity. In its great vintages, it combines the concentration of a Médoc with tannins of immense distinction like no other wine. It is an iron fist in a velvet glove. The nose develops aromas of violet, blackcurrant and blackberry. On the palate it is generous, smooth and completely pure. An iconic wine which should be enjoyed after aging fifteen to thirty five years in the cellar.

    Owned by Edward III of England, the Albret and then the Montferrand families, the property served as a military base until 1802, when the Marquis de la Clonilla demolished the fortress to build the residence that stands there today. The architect Louis Combe is responsible for the magnificent building which adorns the Château’s bottles. Until the early 1960s, the wines were usually excellent and sometimes outstanding. As such, the legendary 1900 vintage was one of the most renowned wines of the last century. With the arrival of the Mentzelopoulos family in 1977, and thanks to the talents of Emile Peynaud, the wines have regained their premier grand cru classé quality. 1978 saw the beginning of a succession of extremely impressive vintages. Paul Pontalier who left in 2016 had worked to produce these legendary vintages. Philippe Bascaules, the new Managing Director, will do his utmost to carry on the amazing story. Château Margaux has a single block of vines, mostly planted on gravelly, sometimes clayey soil with a high proportion of limestone. Recent vintages have exceptional aging potential. The estate also produces Pavillon Blanc which is a superb, fruity and concentrated white wine.
    *The above information describes the wine and is not vintage specific.

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Further information

Rating
100/100Wine Advocate (Parker/Martin)
95/100Wine Spectator
18/20Jancis Robinson
96(+?)/100Vinous Antonio Galloni
95/100J.-M. Quarin
  • Service temperature16°
  • Peak Drink ideally by 2040

Tasting notes - Extract
(...) Emblématique de cette propriété, (...) opaque et pourpre de robe, il exhale des arômes fabuleusement purs de mûre, de cassis, de pain grillé et de fleurs, et déploie en bouche, tout en rondeur, un caractère moyennement corsé et somptueusement souple. (...) Le Margaux 1996 peut sérieusement prétendre au titre de réussite du millésime. Source : Robert Parker (1/99)