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Deep in color with an intense, dark ruby hue, the nose offers violets, lilacs, espresso, wet earth and cigar wrapper along with ripe, deep red fruits. There is freshness and soft, silky vibrant tannins. The wine feels quite powerful in the moment and its classic design reminds me of 2005. This is not going to be fun to taste young but with Chateau Margaux patience is always a virtue. Made from a blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, the wine reached 14% alcohol. The Grand Vin was produced using only 36% of the harvest. Picking commenced September 17, finishing October 13. 97-99 Pts
6749 Views Tasted Apr 19, 2019
Dark ruby in color, the wine is silky and seductive. This is not a powerful wine, instead a velvet and satin texture with complexity and length. On the palate, the wine beguiles you with its sweetness, lift and sumptuous qualities. This vintage contains a record amount of tannins for the estate yet these tannins are so ripe and soft, you’ll barely notice them. This gem will have the ability to age for several decades. Made from a blend of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot, the wine reached 13.5% alcohol with a pH of 3.7. The Grand Vin was produced using only 37% of the return. The harvest commenced on September 18 and finished October 3 and the average yields were 35 hectoliters per hectare. Bravo for Philippe Bascules, the managing director who supervised this sublime production from start to finish.
7505 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2018
A bright, red, fresh vintage, the wine provides lift, energy and a nice pop in the red berries. Silky, elegant, lifted and long, there is a gorgeous purity to the black raspberry, black currant and red berry palate. You are going to need to wait for this beauty to develop, as the wine has a lot of structure and freshness that needs to round out. The wine was made from a blend of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc, 2% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot.
2435 Views Tasted Sep 21, 2019
Deep ruby with purple accents of color around the rim of the glass, violets, lilacs and roses are the first scents you notice before moving to the red and black plums, tobacco and a hint of licorice in the bouquet. Light on its feet but don't let that fool you, it’s impossible not to feel the purity and elegance. The wine displays an incredible clarity of fruit with a finish that dawdles on your palate, moving from red fruit to black fruit and back to sweet, red berries again. The finish has an incredibly supple, refined quality that leaves you yearning for another sip. It was early in the morning and I can assure you, I finished my glass without spitting a drop! The wine was made from a blend of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc, 2% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot reaching 13% alcohol with a pH of 3.6. Yields were high, but it's important to note, the Grand Vin represents only 28% of the harvest, which took place September 23 to October 18 -- one of the longest harvests in the estate's storied history.
11892 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2017
Deep, shiny, dark ruby in color, this rocks as soon as the wine is out of the gate, or should I say out of the bottle and into your glass. Cherry blossoms and lilacs make it seem as though you are in a flower shop. On the palate, the wine is rich, full bodied and concentrated, yet the wine is light on its feet. There is a purity in the fruit that is off the hook. There is a sensuous, textural quality that makes it so you cannot help but take another sip, to make sure the experience is real, and because it is so good! The wine is a testament to Paul Pontallier, as this is in some ways, a culmination of his life's work.
13497 Views Tasted May 21, 2018
The color of a dark, blood red ruby, this wine makes a powerful opening statement. On the nose, the luscious inhale as the door to the flower shop opens, a row of Spanish cedar cigar boxes still filled with a stash of Cohiba, the not-too-sweet aromatics of cherry pipe tobacco -- all combined with cherries, licorice, forest floor, creamy espresso and blackberry liqueur. On the palate, the wine melts into a buttery wealth of fresh fruit, gratifying tannins and a finish that saunters, taking it’s time to linger close to 60 seconds while slowly expanding at the same time. Rich without being heavy, this wine is aristocratic and refined. This wine is deceptively easy to taste, and if it puts on weight during the aging period, which it probably will, it should hit triple digits. Produced from a blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, the wine reached 13.5% alcohol with a pH of 3.65. 13.5% is the highest level of alcohol ever recorded at Margaux; the previous high was 13.1%, achieved in 2010. This represents 35% of the harvest. The picking took place from September 18 to October 6. 98-100 Pts
9199 Views Tasted Apr 21, 2016
Showing more aromatic complexity after just a few additional months in bottle, truffle, herbs, cedar, lead pencil, and dark, red fruits are impossible to avoid. Medium full bodied, with soft, polished tannins, elegant styling and a freshness to the lingering, sweet, red, spicy fruits. This should drink well relatively early for Margaux. Perhaps another decade will be enough for this wine to begin showing well.
5030 Views Tasted Jul 12, 2017
A complex array of coffee, thyme, flowers, plums, smoke and licorice aromas are on display. Medium/full bodied, silky soft and slightly high toned, with its palate of red fruits with exotic, citrus accents, this vintage focuses on the appeal of the freshness, length, complexity and spice character, as well as the elegant, textures and purity in the fruit.
4926 Views Tasted Jun 25, 2017
A complex array of coffee, thyme, flowers, plums, smoke and licorice aromas are on display. Medium/full bodied, silky soft and slightly high toned, with its palate of red fruits with exotic, citrus accents, this vintage focuses on the appeal of the freshness, length and spice character, as well as the elegant, textures.
3993 Views Tasted Mar 27, 2017
A valentine of dark chocolate and roses melded with the aromatics of licorice, blackberry and cocoa create a complex perfume. The wine is elegant with a refined character, supple tannins and a burst of fresh cassis, cherry and cocoa that builds on the palate. The most striking quality to this wine is the clarity of fruit in the finish. While this vintage lacks the weight and density found in vintages like 2009 and 2010, the length is quite similar. Produced from a blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, the wine reached 13.2% alcohol with a pH of 3.68. This represents 36% of the harvest. 95-97 Pts
11949 Views Tasted Apr 22, 2015
A lighter style of Chateau Margaux, due in part to the lack of Merlot in the blend offers a perfume of flowers, red fruits, spice, earth and a hint of tobacco. Soft, smooth, and easy to drink, with a noticeable lack of depth in the mid palate, this is a wine to drink in its youth, while waiting for vintages like 2010 and 2015 to mature.
6163 Views Tasted May 25, 2016
Floral, tobacco, black cherry, vanilla and kirsch open to a refined and elegant wine, which is surprising due to the high level of Cabernet Sauvignon as well as the vintage’s characteristics. Medium bodied and silky with pure, sweet fruit, this is a very good wine that will offer pleasure young. For the first time in the recorded history of the estate, no Merlot was included in the blend. From a blend of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot, with a pH of 3.65. From yields of 22 hectoliters per hectare, the wine represents 38% of the harvest. This is one of the stars of the vintage. 92-94 Pts
9236 Views Tasted Apr 20, 2014
Cedar wood, truffle, earth, tobacco, flowers and fresh berries can be coaxed out of the nose, but it takes effort as the wine is ready for sleep. Fresh, soft, smooth, silky and polished, give this a decade or more to open and come together.
7624 Views Tasted Nov 15, 2015
Blending 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot, with coaxing flowers, blackberries, cassis, gravel, fennel, coffee bean and mint. Refined and structured, with plush, polished tannins, tangy black cherry notes add to the fresh, persistent and elegant finish. 93-95 Pts
6656 Views Tasted Apr 25, 2013
Blending 86% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot, along with equal parts Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc, the wine is ruby in color. With delicate, complicated scents of violets, mocha, smoke, truffle, blackberry, cassis and an array of spices, the wine is soft, refined and elegant. It’s lacking the volume and darker berries found in the 2010 or 2009. Yet this is a very suave, fresh, pure, cassis-filled Margaux. 94-95 Pts
8156 Views Tasted Apr 19, 2012
The perfume teases you with its depth and intensity of what’s to come with its aromas of violets, smoky oak, licorice, earth, vanilla and mélange of dark berries. From the first sip, the wine coats your palate and taste buds with pure, fresh, rich, thick, polished blackberries, silky tannins and a finish that builds and expands for close to 60 seconds! The wine continued to build and expand in the glass for the two hours we spent with the wine over lunch.
13831 Views Tasted May 8, 2013
Deep purple in color, the wine offers a pungent nose of violets, cassis, smoke, oak, tobacco, earth and fresh picked blackberries. This rich, concentrated, velvet drenched, lush, opulent wine coats your palate with layers of pure silk. The long, precise finish is filled with crème de cassis, boysenberry and plums.
15745 Views Tasted Jul 19, 2012
2010 Margaux - A blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot and equal parts Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, the wine is defined in part because of the effective low yields. Only 38% of the harvest was included in the Grand Vin. The rest of the harvest was divided as follows. An equal portion of 38% went into Pavillon Rouge. The remaining wine was divided between their third and the new fourth wine. 210 marks what could be the lowest production ever recorded in Chateau Margaux. . Deep ruby on color, with an enticing perfume filled with smoke, cedar, cassis, violets, oak, tobacco, spice and black raspberries. But that’s not where the excitement is found. In the mouth, pure elegance, silk, satin and velvet, incredibly plush, refined, polished and long, this intensely pure Cabernet Sauvignon based wine remains on your palate for at least 60 seconds. 2010 Chateau Margaux exemplifies precision, purity, balance and elegance with a seamless finish. Everything is in balance with perfect harmony. 98-100 Pts
8391 Views Tasted Apr 21, 2011
If you are wondering what heaven in a glass feel, smells and tastes like, look no further. This is everything a great wine needs. The texture is pure silk and velvet. And speaking of purity, the fruit delivers that in spades. The sensual texture really brings everything together. If you have a bottle and can wait another decade, as good as this is today, it will be even better!
2548 Views Tasted Sep 20, 2019
Pure lush, sensual sexy textures leave your speechless. Powerful, yet light on its feet, everything is in balance and harmony Layers of opulent, silky, perfectly ripe fruits end with sensations of sweet, black cherries and chocolate that lingers for close to 60 seconds. If I had the money, I'd be all over this wine. I hope my richer friends buy this so I can taste it over the next several decades.
8519 Views Tasted Oct 31, 2013
Truffle, blackberry liqueur, licorice, black cherry, flowers, molten earth, tobacco smoke and 5 spice. There is richness and purity if fruit that is hauntingly beautiful. Refined, powerful and intense, this opulent wine is pure silk and velvet. The supple finish tastes like perfectly ripe fruit just picked from the vine at the exact moment to obtain maximum ripeness. From a blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot and equalt parts Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc, there is not a single hard edge to be found. Flawless and sensuous, I finished every drop in my glass! If I had time, I would have stayed and finished the bottle.
8974 Views Tasted May 4, 2012
Complicated aromatics of sandalwood, spice, earth, boysenberry, tobacco, smoke and dark berries require little effort to be discovered. On the palate, this opulent, sexy, rich, supple wine feels like pure silk as it drapes over your palate. Fresh, pure and intense, this majestic Bordeaux wine expands on your palate for close to sixty seconds! The wine will be bottled in August.
8828 Views Tasted Jul 19, 2011
2009 Margaux pops from the glass with aromas of spice, incense, espresso, cassis, and juicy dark berries. Full bodied and intense. According to Paul Pontallier, the wine is more tannic than both the 1986 and the 2005. Neither the tannin nor alcohol dominates because of the concentrated sweet fruit. The wine finishes with a purity and essence of cassis and dark berries. 98-100 Pts
10403 Views Tasted Aug 26, 2010
2008 Margaux opens with a complex perfume of fresh flowers, minerals, cassis, earth, forest floor, cedar and coffee scents. Full bodied and concentrated with round tannins, opulent textures and ripe fruit, this stylish wine ends with a long, polished sexy wave of rich textures. 96 Pts
7201 Views Tasted Jul 20, 2010
08 Château Margaux is deep colored with light purple accents. Cassis, floral, oak, baby fennel and blackberry aromas are easy to find. Quite concentrated, but light on its feet, this is a wine of freshness and refinement. The long finish is clean, and expresses a lot of purity in the mouth. 95-97 Pts
7220 Views Tasted Aug 31, 2009
Ruby in color, the wine offers truffle, cigar box and red fruits. This is all about the secondary nuances and the soft, silky, elegant textures. Medium bodied, but with charming, red fruit characteristics, this is at full maturity. This is not a Margaux to make old bones, but in a blind tasting, no one is going to think this is from 2007. It's surprisingly much better than anticipated.
5005 Views Tasted Jul 12, 2017
Light ruby in color, with a mature nose of spice, flowers and blackberries, this soft, refined, charming wine is already drinking well. The wine ends with a supple, cassis and black cherry filled finish. Give it 2-3 more years to gain additional layers of complexity.
9643 Views Tasted Jul 19, 2011
Still tightly wound, although it resists much of the stern tannins found in many of the other 2006 Medoc wines, the wine offers the start of its secondary aromatics with its tobacco, cherry, plum, spice, smoke and forest floor scents. Elegant, sophisticated and charming, give it another 5-10 more years to develop more secondary notes, soften and add more weight. The wine was produced from 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc, until this time, this probably set a record for the highest percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend.
6082 Views Tasted May 25, 2016
This kicks off with floral, chocolate and cassis on the nose. Very Cabernet feeling in the mouth. Tannic. This reminds me of a riper version of the 86. This will need serious cellar time
8953 Views Tasted Jun 24, 2009
Intoxicating scents of caramel, violets, smoke, licorice, plum and maraschino cherries take almost no time to find. Pure silk and velvet on the palate, the wine is seriously concentrated with an elegant, refined, fresh, tannic, rich, well defined, profile that has a lot more to say than it lets on for the moment. If I had to sum the wine up in a single word, compelling wold not do it justice. 5-10 years will add a lot to this already sublime wine.
14800 Views Tasted Jun 28, 2015
With coaxing, I discovered a ripe core of elegant, stylish, blackberry, violets and cassis popping from the glass. Very fleshy with great purity of fruit. The finish seemed a bit oaky at this stage. Having had this wine multiple times, the wine is shutting down and should be allowed to rest for several years before tasting again.
13055 Views Tasted Jul 21, 2008
The nose was pure blackberry liqueur, flowers and spices. The palate experiences incredible layers of sweet, concentrated, sexy polished, ripe fruit finishing with a blast of black cherry, blackberry, chocolate and spice. This wine is very special. The texture is off the charts! This is incredibly fresh and lush with an amazing purity of fruit. This wine is absolutely seamless.
15124 Views Tasted Jun 30, 2007
This bottle was rocking! The finest example of this I have ever tasted. There was polish, elegance, grace and finesse in its stylings. Silky tannins, fresh, dark red fruits, espresso, spice and floral essences were all over the place. There was richness, length and sweet, ripe fruits in the polished finish. I am sure another 5 years in the bottle, if you have patience will only add more to the wine.
3303 Views Tasted Feb 25, 2018
A medium bodied, lighter. fresher style of Chateau Margaux that shows a lot of complexity in its floral, earthy, sweet red fruit and tobacco perfume. Soft, and polished in texture, the fruit is clearly ripe and fresh, I just wish there was more of it in this vintage. Forward in style, and already approachable, drink this elegant beauty now, while waiting for the more powerful vintages like 2000, 2003 and 2005 to mature.
4047 Views Tasted Jul 7, 2017
Truffle, tobacco, blackberry pie, spice, herb and forest floor aromas are starting to emerge. Soft with a polished texture to the medium/full bodied fruit, this is starting to open and drink well. Another 5-7 years will add even more depth and complexity to the wine.
5001 Views Tasted Jan 4, 2015
Opulent, silky, lush and sensuous, the wine is concentrated, deep, long and yes, it is also fresh, The layers of perfectly ripe, velvet-textured fruits come at you in layers. The wine is refined and intense.
4600 Views Tasted Feb 4, 2019
Lush, sensuous, rich, opulent and perhaps decadent levels of perfectly ripe fruits are impossible not to get caught up in. Length, purity, seamlessness and textural delights are what you will find here. This is one of the top wines of a mixed vintage and a great Margaux.
4253 Views Tasted Jan 12, 2018
If you are a fan of Chateau Margaux, and you have the funds, this is a wine you need in your cellar! Pure silk and velvet textures, lush, opulent tannins, incredible depth of flavor, concentration and length, the perfectly ripe fruit that fills your mouth, is absolutely decadent. While young, there is such a wealth of ripe fruit and the tannins are so soft and polished, you can drink this now. Or, feel free to lay it down in your cellar for another decade. This is one of those unique wines that leaves you thinking about it, long after the wine has left your glass and gone to where it was intended to be.
5370 Views Tasted May 6, 2016
Truffle, coffee bean, licorice, spice, roasted blackberries and cherry blossoms. Pure , sensuality, with fruit drenched in velvet and silky tannins, with a long, fresh, sweet black cherry finish. This is still young and while the wine is delicious to drink today, this is going to get better and better with time. This is a contender for the wine of the Left Bank and of the vintage!
7512 Views Tasted Dec 18, 2014
Compelling in every way, 2003 Margaux has it all! A fragrance that grabs you with its smoke, caramel, truffle, blackberry, floral, forest floor and cedar wood scents. The thick, rich, silky palate pairs intensity and purity. The wine is deep, fresh and complex. This will be a legendary vintage in a decade or two.
8617 Views Tasted Apr 27, 2013
From a blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot, this medium bodied wine is perhaps slightly more interesting on the nose than the palate. The pleasurable floral, cherry, tobacco, leaf and earthy nose lead you to a wine with some rusticity in the tannins in the crisp finish. More time could soften the wine, but I am not willing to bet the farm on it. If you were lucky like me and bought the wine as a future in 2003 for about $80 US dollars, you did great. But in today's world, there are better wines to buy.
8521 Views Tasted May 7, 2014
More closed than the last time I tasted the wine, with coaxing, the silky, refined, fresh, sweet, red fruits made their presence known. Hints of florality, tobacco and kirsch, with wet earth add to the complexities. 90 minutes of air would add a lot to the wine today.
2291 Views Tasted Feb 25, 2018
Silky, smooth and refined, this medium bodied effort is all about the refined textures and elegant character. It's lacking the depth and concentration of the top vintages, but its ability to be enjoyed young, along with its finesse style should not be overlooked.
4478 Views Tasted May 7, 2014
One of the best bottles of this vintage I can recall tasting. This continues to soften, fill out and add nuances to the concentrated, lush, rich, full, floral, pure style of the vintage. With a genuine depth of flavor, rich, silky textures and soft tannins, the sweet, deep red fruits in the finish hang with you for close to 60 seconds. By 2025, this should enter its plateau of maturity and will offer pleasure for at least 40 more years after that.
5931 Views Tasted Feb 4, 2019
Absolutely beautiful from start to finish. There is a lot of tannin here. Yes, the tannins are incredibly silky, but they are still firm, holding the wine in check. Secondary aromas have started to emerge, but there a lot more room for development. Give this wine at least 5-8 more years and everything should fall perfectly into place.
5561 Views Tasted May 6, 2016
Clearly, this is not ready for its closeup, or prime time. It's hard not to be impressed with the elegant, silky tannins, velvety, sweet, ripe fruits, intense aromatics or the length of the finish, but similar to driving a Ferrari in traffic, this is just not running at its full potential. As a guess, 5-10 years are needed for well stored bottles.
6016 Views Tasted Dec 3, 2015
This is not quite ready, but that does not take anything away from the pleasure found here. Elegance, concentration, opulence and complexity are the hallmarks of this wine. The smoky, floral, earthy, fresh, sweet, ripe fruits are close to perfect. But it's the silky, cashmere textures and length that steals the show! If you like the fresh qualities of young Bordeaux, give it a few hours of air and enjoy the ride. If you're patient, and prefer more aged, secondary characteristics, wait a decade. Either way, you're in for a wild ride on the hedonism train.
5450 Views Tasted Aug 31, 2015
Violets, black raspberries, dark chocoalte and black cherry liqueur scents pop. Soft, polished, silk and velvet textures are made better by the multiple layers of fresh, ripe, pure berries. Still young, I'd wait another 5 - 10 years, but if you offered me a glass, I'd be all over it.
7961 Views Tasted Oct 31, 2013
This is an OMG wine. For people not familiar with my notes, that is short for Oh My God! What a wine. Cassis, violets, spice box, truffle, blackberries, cedar wood, cigar box and tobacco scents flood your senses. The wine is so silky, it must be felt to be believed. The wine is intense, long and pure. This was decanted about 2-3 hours before serving and improved in the glass for as long as the lunch lasted.
9308 Views Tasted Mar 27, 2013
Massive, intense, refined, pure, sensuous, powerful and concentrated with wave after wave of soft, elegant, deep layers of ripe dark berries, spice, flowers, truffle and earth, the wine really coats your palate with the essence of Margaux. Opened far too young, at least 10 more years are needed for the wine to begin showing what it's really made of.
15762 Views Tasted Mar 14, 2012
Can you say Rock Star? Oh My God, this is off the charts! The perfume explodes in your face with smoke, cassis, tobacco, mineral, floral, spice, earth and truffle scents. In the mouth, this perfect Bordeaux wine fills your palate with decadent fruit that offers perfect balance, harmony, length and depth in a long seamless finish. If you have the wine, don’t sell it. If you have the money, buy it!
24472 Views Tasted Aug 12, 2010
This is a rock star! There is no other way to say it. Intense aromatics of a mélange of spices, floral notes, perfectly ripe cassis, blackberry and tobacco introduce you to the wine. On the palate is where the wine takes off! Perfectly polished layers of pure, ripe fruit fill every nook and cranny of your palate. Everything is in balance with velvet like textures that conclude with an endless bath of ripe, black fruit and silky textures. The sublime finish is seamless. If this wine is already this stunning at 10, when fully mature, this will be off the charts. This is one of the finest vintages of Margaux I recall tasting. Life is too short not to taste this wine and hopefully have at least a few bottles of it in your cellar.
24424 Views Tasted Mar 5, 2010
This was so complex, concentrated and charismatic, it was almost surreal! Endless layers of aromatics are followed by wave after wave of a myriad of tastes and flavors as cascade every nook and cranny of your palate. This is so dense and rich, it’s almost off the charts! Absolutely compelling. Very deep and lush. This is already a legendary wine.
14308 Views Tasted Jul 1, 2006
This is a very good wine and strong vintage for Chateau Margaux. Prices for all the First Growths have made most vintages far too expensive for people to buy. The best value in a Chateau Margaux is found in the 1999. With polished textures, supple tannins and a nose revealing tobacco, truffle, smoke, dark berries, forest floor and spicy aromatics, you can enjoy this bottle now, or age it for another decade or two without any trouble.
6240 Views Tasted Aug 27, 2013
Violets, tobacco, cocoa, coffee, creamy cassis, blackberry, cigar box and truffle get you instantly involved with the wine. In the mouth, the wine is silky smooth, with a rich, ripe, sweet, cassis, black cherry and wild strawberry jam finish. It's fun to drink now, but a few more years of bottle age will more complexity to the wine. The wine softened and fleshed out after 3 hours in the glass
6903 Views Tasted Dec 22, 2012
This combines red and black fruitswith cassis in the nose and palate. Very expressive, elegant and round. For Margaux, this will drink young.
3686 Views Tasted Jul 1, 2006
Medium/full bodied, firm, tannic, masculine, structured style of Margaux. The perfume, with its floral, tobacco and black cherry aromas are more enticing at this stage of the game. The wine demands at least another 5-8 years in the cellar. With luck, the wine will soften as it evolves.
4357 Views Tasted Aug 3, 2015
Medium bodied, elegant, softer style of wine, which is stronger on the nose, with its earthy, cigar box, cherry pipe tobacco, forest aromas and hint of floral notes, than on the lighter fruited palate, which shows its warm, cherry notes, herbs, and wet earth well. Splash decanted, the wine was much better than expected from such a difficult vintage, especially at only a few weeks shy of its 21st birthday.
5083 Views Tasted Nov 14, 2017
Stunning! That is the only word this tasting note really needs. But for those that like more detail, this is intensely concentrated, opulent, silky and fresh. The fruit is perfectly ripe, pure, sweet and offers lift and length. Elegant from start to finish, this has entered into maturity, but there is no hurry to drink it. I am sure the 96 Margaux will provide pleasure and positive evolution for at least another 25-35 years, if well stored.
4180 Views Tasted Nov 13, 2018
About 2 hours of air, and this really exploded into everything you were hoping it would be. Rich, silky, plush, polished, and fresh, with layers of perfectly ripe, sweet, opulent fruits that tasting and felt great were impossible not to enjoy. This is really getting close to optimum drinking here.
5833 Views Tasted Jun 25, 2017
With bottle age, every wine turns out different. While still a stunning tasting experience, this bottle was not as ostentatious as other examples. Young, fresh, full bodied, silky and with great, purity of fruit, it lacked the expressiveness found in the best bottles.
6911 Views Tasted May 6, 2016
Silk and velvet tannins, ripe, pure, fresh, sweet, vibrant fruits, a perfume of violets, tobacco, cassis, blackberry and earthy notes and a finish that does not quit. What more can you ask for? This is close to ready. It is going to get better and better for a long time, but at close to 20 years of age, this is starting to enter its prime time drinking window.
6340 Views Tasted Jul 10, 2015
Now we're talking my language! Packed with licorice, coffee bean, coconut, cassis, blackberry, earth and floral characteristics. Intense, concentrated, long and powerful, this still young wine will really turn on the charm with another 5 - 10 more years in the bottle.
9350 Views Tasted Mar 30, 2014
After a string of perfect bottles of Margaux, this particular bottle was good, but not great. And definitely no performing at the level it is capable of. It seems to lack the polish and precision normally experienced in this wine. Once again, with the passage of time, there are no great wines, just great bottles.
7592 Views Tasted Aug 27, 2013
Showing deep ruby with bricking at the edges on the color, this stunning Chateau Margaux is filled with complex aromas of Cuban cigars, truffles, flowers, spice, ash, blackberries, tobacco, cassis, stone and fennel. In the mouth, the wine gushes over your palate with sensations of sweet crème de cassis, tobacco and roasted cherries. The silk and powerful finesse finish remains on your palate for over 60 seconds. This is already starting to show well at 15 years of age. This special Bordeaux wine has the fruit and structure needed to continue developing for at least another 20-30 or 40 years!
13217 Views Tasted Jul 19, 2011
Dark, opaque color, a complex, intoxicating perfume and layers of fruit that flow over your palate and senses! Absolutely compelling juice. Very primary, this was opened for educational purposes. In 15-20 years when fully mature, this will be an “Oh My God” wine and tasting experience!
5779 Views Tasted Jul 1, 2006
Firm style of Chateau Margaux, that seems like its a modern-day version of their 1986. As time evolved in the decanter and glass, the wine filled out, softened, gained in aromatics and generosity. Full-bodied, powerful and concentrated, this is still quite tannic. Give it another decade and the wine should be markedly better, else allow it 3-4 hours of air, so it can flesh out and open.
2667 Views Tasted Aug 27, 2019
At 20 years of age, the wine is starting to wake, although it still needed the help of 2-3 hours of air. The nose offers a floral, fruit filled perfume. Medium/full bodied, the wine has more of a softness than lush quality to its texture. The wine is fresh, ripe and youthful. If you have a bottle, I'd wait another 5 years, hoping for more development.
3790 Views Tasted Aug 22, 2015
Earth, oak, caramel, blackberry, violet and black cherry scents are found in the perfume. Very tannic with a slight austerity to the style. This young, concentrated wine needs a lot of time before fleshing out.
11950 Views Tasted Jun 30, 2009
Firm and austere, or are those terms just polite ways of saying classic? Much better results are found here on the nose, with its floral, tobacco, earthy, red berry characteristics. Bright, crisp red fruits and green herbs are sensed in the finish. More time will probably not add much here. A few hours of air did help a bit. On the other hand, if you really love those older, classic vintages from years gone by, this wine should be in your wheelhouse.
5544 Views Tasted Nov 13, 2017
Past full maturity, this is starting to fade. If you have a bottle, pop a cork for the remainder of the bright, red, sweet, overly fresh core of red berries, earth, tobacco and leafy forest characteristics. The wine is soft, as well as crisp in the finish. Drink up as the fruit is only going to continue to decline from here.
3053 Views Tasted Nov 13, 2018
There are so many times when this magic elixir is perfect, but this bottle came up just a but short. The nose, with its floral, tobacco, wet earth, cherry and cassis was on fire. However, while the silky tannins were in perfect order, the wine finished just a tad short. Still, this was a stunner, even if it was just a bit on the shy side.
3928 Views Tasted Feb 4, 2019
Clearly, the best bottle of this elixir I've tasted in years. Voluptuous, ostentatious, silky and complex, there was the length and depth you need, with the patina of age, to make everything come together. Decanted about 1 hour, as soon as you took the initial sip, you knew you were not in Kansas in anymore. From that first sip, the wine coated your palate with this incredible texture of silk, with more than enough fruit to coat your palate. The finish must have stuck with me for over 60 seconds.
5280 Views Tasted Nov 16, 2017
Lush, sexy, silky, voluptuous and drinking extremely well, this is a beauty. The tobacco, violet and dark cherry nose, full bodied, palate, and opulent finish were really showing well. If you've been thinking about popping a bottle, while there is no hurry, there is no reason to wait either.
4429 Views Tasted Mar 6, 2017
This bottle was stunning in every sense of the word from start to finish. Power, elegance, grace, purity of fruit, silky tannins and aromatics that do not quit, with a finish that expands in flavor, with velvet textures. This is a rockstar wine that should be experienced at least once in your life.
6755 Views Tasted May 6, 2016
This is consistently a stunning wine and this bottle was no exception. Violets, dark chocolate, plum, espresso, tobacco and truffle scents fight for your attention. Rich and dense on the palate, the wine leaves you with a concentrated blast of fresh, sweet, ripe, dark fruits and velvet textures. The bottle was decanted about 2 hours prior to serving.
5003 Views Tasted Dec 12, 2015
Another example of a very good bottle of a wine that can hit 100 Pts, but didn't. At close to 26 years of age, that is to be expected. Still, the nose, with its tobacco, herbs, cigar box, blackberry, cedar and earthy components was working it. The palate was elegant, soft and round, but lacked the voluptuous qualities the best bottles show. This can be enjoyed now, or age it for more complexity.
5313 Views Tasted Aug 25, 2015
Close to perfect in every way.... This is pure silk and velvet on the palate. The fruit just feels great as it coats your palate with flavor and velvety sensations. The wine really lingers, leaving you with a smile on your face and empty glass wishing you could fill it one more time. This is showing great today and will only get better and better as time marches on.
6831 Views Tasted Sep 21, 2014
Wow, what a sublime example of Bordeaux. Rich, sensuous, ripe, plush, polished and silky, the fruit stay with you long after the wine has left your glass. You drink this now, as it's just showing so much charm and complexity. You can drink it in 10 years, or if you have kids, in 20 years, it will be even better. This is pricey, but it's Margaux at its best.
7307 Views Tasted Aug 10, 2014
This sexy beast delivers the goods in spades with its sensuous personality, silky textures and long, expansive finish. This is so good now. But my money says it's going to be even better in 5-10 years.
6835 Views Tasted May 7, 2014
This deserves an award for the most consistently stunning wine of the decade. Almost every bottle has been sheer perfection and this was no exception. The wine is packed with perfectly ripe, silky fruits with the texture of polished berries. The finish builds in intensity and with time in the glass, more complexity keeps getting added to the wine. If you want to know why Chateau Margaux is one of the world's great wines, if you have the money, this is the vintage to buy.
9303 Views Tasted Oct 31, 2013
Wines at this level are failed by words or scores. They must be tasted at least once in your life to understand greatness in a Bordeaux. When this wine hits your palate, it feels like each berry was polished by hand, one at a time to an absolutely, pure, velvety texture. This is so smooth, it could slide uphill. The aromatics are mind blowing with their their length and complexity. Perfect in every way, wines do not get better than this. They can be equally as good, but different, but they do not get better.
8854 Views Tasted Aug 28, 2013
Chocolate, violets, creme de cassis, oak, tobacco, smoke and cherry blossoms grab your attention. Full bodied, rich and concentrated with layers of velvety soft fruit, this luscious Bordeaux wine ends with layers of opulently textured, ripe, spicy dark berries, black raspberry and cassis. This bottle may not have been a perfect example, as I've tasted better examples of this wine on previous occasions.
13917 Views Tasted Jul 16, 2012
Perfection in a bottle. Those 4 words convey all you need to know about this Bordeaux wine. That is, if you're not interested in details. But for anyone interested in the experience... Intense aromatics offered flowers, truffles, ripe, jammy berries, earth, stone, licorice, smoke and exotic spices. The silk drenched layers of decadent, opulent, pure, sweet, fruit caress your palate and linger for at least sixty seconds. What makes 1990 Chateau Margaux unique, is the rare ability to please hedonistic, pleasure seekers and tasters looking for an intellectual experience. At 21 years of age, this Bordeaux wine has moved from adolescence to the beginning of maturity. There is no better example of Margaux that is drinking as well as this wine is today.
18554 Views Tasted Sep 14, 2011
Served blind, my comments were, “Great nose and a beautiful rich texture that quickly drops off in the finish”. I added, “I bet this was a really good bottle, that either suffered in storage at some point, or the cork did not offer a good seal”. I was shocked to see this was 1990Chateau Margaux! With all notes, especially as our bottles age, provenance is more and more important. It’s sad tasting wines that should be great, yet they don’t deliver due to poor handling. One more negative about the bottle, the wine deteriorated in the glass after 90 minutes.
10900 Views Tasted May 5, 2010
Cedar, cassis, wet earth, truffles and floral aromatics put a smile on your face. Similar to 89 Haut Brion, this is an extremely concentrated wine. This is pure silk and velvet. Tasting this makes me think each berry was polished one at a time giving it an incredible sense of opulence. The tannins are amazingly soft. This was marries power with elegance and grace. The seamless finish appears endless. There is not a hard edge to be found.
9899 Views Tasted Feb 11, 2009
Elegant, refined, plush and opulent in personality. This black fruit, violet, cedar, tobacco scented wine pairs with textures of pure silk and velvet. Opulent, concentrated and starting to open, this is a sublime tasting experience.
6918 Views Tasted Dec 10, 2007
The nose is off the charts as well as the palate. This is so rich and concentrated with decadent, ripe fruit, you can either drink it or eat it. Simply amazing! This is pure liquid silk.
8075 Views Tasted Oct 11, 2003
Ready to go, the wine is soft, refined, elegant and while it is not on the concentrated side, the fruit is polished, silky and complex. Drink over the next decade for maximum enjoyment.
4213 Views Tasted Nov 13, 2018
With light bricking to the color, the medium/full bodied, elegant charmer, serves up its tobacco leaf, Asian spice box, cedar, cherry and leafy forest scents with ease. The wine is soft and silky, with elements of green notes on the backend, of the earthy, sweet, red fruit finish. There is no real hurry to drink this, but I doubt there is any reason to hope for further development.
2539 Views Tasted Feb 25, 2018
Full mature, medium bodied and elegant, this is more interesting on the nose, with its tobacco, floral, truffle, cherry and forest floor perfume, than on the palate, as it's on the lighter side for Margaux. Lots of freshness, but lacking the depth and luxurious textures found in the best vintages, there is still a lot to like here. But it is not going to get much better from here. If you have a bottle, pop a cork.
4712 Views Tasted May 6, 2016
Medium bodied, lighter style of Margaux that is drinking nicely today. The texture is soft, the fruit is close to crispy, finishing with some dryness in the tannins coupled with herbal notes and cassis. This is not worth the money it trades for today.
4680 Views Tasted Aug 10, 2014
Fully mature, with a nose filled with tobacco, earth, cherries, forest floor and cigar box notes, the wine is soft, silky and polished. But there is a lack of depth and length that keep this refined, elegant Margaux from being exciting. Don't get me wrong, this is a good wine that I liked. But it needed to be a wine I loved...
6731 Views Tasted Feb 17, 2013
Rife with chocolate, plum, tobacco, earth, floral, cassis, spice and black cherry aromas. Elegant, rich, sensuous textures and a luscious cassis and dark berry finish led me to believe it was a very good Pomerol. When it turned out to be 1989 Chateau Margaux, I was happy because the wine has gained complexity and depth over the past several years. As good as this is drinking now, it's only going to get better.
10360 Views Tasted Mar 25, 2011
Tobacco, spice, black cherry, blackberry, and truffles with hints of floral notes made up the complex perfume. The wine displays a soft texture, but it lacks the concentration found in the top years. The wine finishes with notes of ripe black fruit and plums. This is a finesse style of Margaux that is maturing early.
8211 Views Tasted Jun 20, 2009
The wine lacked charm, elegance and density found in great Margaux. Close to mature, it might soften up, but, it's not going to get much better. This is an old school styled wine that others will like more than I did.
5429 Views Tasted Feb 26, 2008
It's not a bad wine as there was clearly some pleasure to be found. There was a sense of refinement, but it lacked the depth, concentration and complexity expected from a First Growth. Served double blind, once its identity was revealed, clearly the wine looked and tasted much older than its true age. If you have some remaining in your cellar, I'd drink it sooner than later as the wine is only going to continue on the downhill course of life.
6740 Views Tasted Oct 28, 2012
The wine, or at least this bottle seems to have become more tannic over the years. With 4 hours of air, the wine retained its tannic spine. Powerful, full-bodied, dense and aromatic, the wine fills your mouth with ripe, fresh, bright, earthy, red fruits. The finish is long and while somewhat strict, there is a regal air to the fruits. But you find a bit of a stern character in the ending that is always going to remain a part of the experience.
2840 Views Tasted Aug 15, 2019
A very good wine, but clearly in the style of the 1986 vintage, with is classically styled leaning. The nose, with its earthy, cedar, smoke, tobacco, cassis and cherry is more interesting than what you find on the palate, which offers a powerful, full bodied, deep essence of dark, red fruits. Time will help add more nuances here, but if you are going to pop a cork today, give it a few hours of air. You and the wine will be happier.
4747 Views Tasted May 30, 2017
Firm, structured and tannnic, this needs time in the decanter. But even with air, this is always going to be on the strict side. Aromatically, it is a beauty. There is a wealth of ripe, sweet, fruits, but there is a tannnic bite to the finish.
5298 Views Tasted Dec 16, 2016
More complete on the nose, with its earth, cedar, tobacco, black and dark red fruit profile than on the palate. The wine is concentrated, but it's not exactly charming, instead it's more of a tannic, structured, big, masculine style of wine for Margaux. There is quality, but the style is old school and it's important to note, this needs 3-4 hours of air, or another 10-15 more years in the decanter.
3922 Views Tasted Mar 19, 2016
This wine needs decanting to soften its tannins and masculine side. With air, the earthy, tobacco driven nose, pairs perfectly with the ripe, but masculine styled red and black fruits that leaves you with some dusty textures in the finish. This is still evolving. Time and air will help improve the experience.
5092 Views Tasted Aug 25, 2015
This is a very good wine, but it's always going to have this tannic spine that even with 4 hours of decanting, remains part of its character. The fruit is there, as are complex aromatics and concentration of flavor, but it lacks the soft, sensuous side of Margaux at its best. This is a good wine, in a more classic style that has the potential to become one of the better 1986 wines with more age.
6728 Views Tasted Aug 10, 2014
I liked this wine. But the dryness in the tannic finish was more pronounced than in other bottles I've tasted. There was a lot to like with its layers of cassis, dark berry, truffle and tobacco personality. This is a what some tasters might call classic in style. I own a few bottles and I'm waiting another 5 - 10 years, hoping, or is that praying the tannins soften.
7545 Views Tasted Oct 30, 2013
Served blind, I was more than surprised to find this was a 1986 vintage. The tannins, fruit and acidity were in balance. The tobacco, cassis, earth, espresso, smoke and blackberry filled perfume was alive and well. There was a softness to the texture and a richness of flavor. The wine also seemed to be at least 10-15 years younger. This was the best bottle of 1986 Margaux I've tasted in years as it displayed none of the typical austere qualities found in most Bordeaux from the 1986 vintage. I own a few bottles of this and based on this tasting, I have high hopes that for consumers with enough patience to wait another decade, this will be a truly sublime vintage of Chateau Margaux.
9074 Views Tasted Aug 2, 2012
86 Margaux is developing along the lines of many 86 Bordeaux, The lean, austere side of the vintage is being to upstage the elegant leanings of even Chateau Margaux. Complex aromatics start the off, but on the palate, the wine feels lean, masculine and austere. This stern style of Margaux is powerful, the level of the hard tannins, detracts from the tasting experience. Perhaps this will change course and become more pleasurable with time, the wine does not seem to be heading in that direction. 93 Pts
14335 Views Tasted Dec 12, 2010
The nose is treated to an orgasmic display of aromatics. Coffee, licorice, truffles, black fruits, cassis and floral scents are easy to discern. The texture is incredibly dense, rich and concentrated. Layers of opulent, rich, ripe Margaux fruit coat your palate in a finish that lasts :45 seconds! This is not an austere wine, but, the finish retains a tannic edge which will probably remain a part of its brawny, old school personality.
4888 Views Tasted Sep 2, 2009
This is a very masculine and beefy styled wine. Huge, deep and concentrated, but with a very hard, tannic, brawny and beefy nature. I get the quality, but, this the wines austere, tannic nature is not something I seek in a wine that I look to for elegance. Perhaps time, another 15 or more years will soften this powerful wines edges.
4847 Views Tasted Jul 1, 2008
This bottle was in a beefy and masculine style with a complex perfume of cedar smoky black fruits, flowers and cassis. This example of 86 Margaux was not user friendly. Like all the top 86’s, it needs at least another decade to shed its tannic cloak. I prefer the 83 & 85 at this point
4920 Views Tasted Mar 14, 2007
Very expressive, uniquely floral. Very concentrated with gobs of ripe fruit. This is one of the few Bordeaux winesx from the 1986 vintage that is not austere in style.
4952 Views Tasted Nov 1, 2006
At age 30, this is in the perfect place to experience its soft, silky, fresh, sweet, red and black fruit pleasures. Elegant, medium/full bodied, with a complex nose and regal, cherry toned finish, there is no reason to pull a cork if you have a bottle. This bottle showed a bit better than some examples as it came directly from the chateau and had not been moved since it was bottled.
3390 Views Tasted Jul 4, 2015
A pronounced smell of violets, black raspberries, earth, tobacco and cherry open to a soft, voluptuous, round wine. Probably close to fully mature, this is drinking in its sweet spot. The only minor drawback might be a bit of rusticity in the tannins and a hint of green herbs in the otherwise, sweet, cherry finish.
5361 Views Tasted Mar 30, 2013
Earth, smoke, tobacco, cassis, herbs, truffle, tobacco and an odd sensation of tomato created the aromatics. The wine is sweet, soft and round, but there was a bit of roughness to the tannins with a minor touch of green in the cassis and blackberry dominated finish. Even with its faults, or virtues, depending on what you like in a wine, this charming Bordeaux wine is ready to drink and offers a lot of pleasure.
6993 Views Tasted Aug 15, 2012
This is the perfect time to catch this medium/full bodied wine. With its tobacco, truffle, smoke, forest floor, blackberry, leaf and earthy perfume, soft, elegant, refined textures and long, sweet, velvety finish, this is drinking beautifully today. I'd drink it over the next 10-15 years.
6233 Views Tasted Feb 24, 2012
5 Spice, truffle, cassis, tobacco, olives, blackberry and forest aromas lead to a soft textured entry. On the palate, this fully mature, plush Margaux wine is concentrated with elegant layers of round, dark berries, hints of red fruit and a minor touch of greeness in the finish. I'm not sure this has much room to improve, but this delightful Margaux should remain at this level for at least another 15 or more years.
10907 Views Tasted Oct 17, 2011
Coconut, herbs, cherry, tobacco and earthy scents are easy to find. This concentrated, fully mature Bordeaux wine offers a long, blackberry, spice and cassis filled finish. But some rusticity in the tannins takes away from the otherwise outstanding Bordeaux wine.
9561 Views Tasted Aug 12, 2010
Cassis, black fruits and cedar aromas greet your nose and the rich ripe fruit please your palate. Very silky and rich, but, lacking the concentration of the great years.
4195 Views Tasted Jul 1, 2009
The perfume is intoxicating and the palate enjoys a long, concentrated finish of silky, dense, ripe fruit. Very classy. This will last and continue evolving for at least another 20 years
4249 Views Tasted Apr 18, 2008
This wine combined the floral Margaux notes with velvety, Pomerol textures. Rich, fleshy, opulent and graceful. Still young, this will get better with age.
4341 Views Tasted Jul 15, 2006
This could be the finest example of 83 Margaux I recall tasting, at least in ages, everything was as it should be. The lilac filled nose also boasted ripe, red fruits, earthy, floral and forest floor notes with cigar box in the perfume. Full-bodied, with a fabulous depth of flavor, the wine provided energy, length, complexity and a lush, sensuous, velvet-textured finish. Perhaps if well-stored, there is a moderate amount of improvement available here, but if you have been itching to pop a bottle, there is no reason not to scratch that itch!
2344 Views Tasted Dec 31, 2019
I can never seem to make up my mind about which wine is better, 1982 Margaux, or is it the 1983? They seem to alternate, as to which is on top. Mature and ready for drinking, the wine is full bodied, concentrated and rich, displaying all its floral, tobacco, blackberry, earth and fresh cherry charms. There is a touch of greeness in the finish, but there is so much going on with the wine in every other sense, it's hard to notice. Drink this beauty, or age it, either way, you are in for a treat.
3923 Views Tasted May 6, 2016
With age, clearly some bottles are better than others and this was a very good bottle. From a magnum, the wine was floral, soft, concentrated, deep and complex, with a length and depth, this delivers a lot more and could serve up even more in the future.
4890 Views Tasted May 8, 2014
This was a good, but not great example of 1983 Margaux with its cocoa, chocolate mint, truffle, cassis, tobacco, cedar wood and ash character. The wine was soft and polished, finishing with a sweet and tart black and dark red berry finish. Drink now, or let it age another decade.
5840 Views Tasted Oct 30, 2013
The second bottle of this wine in a week. I am a lucky man. Both bottles were similar in character. Over time, this cassis, forest, floor, truffle, tobacco and blackberry scented wine is developing rustic qualities to the mouth feel. This is still an outstanding wine, but it’s not developing positive traits with time.
9401 Views Tasted Mar 29, 2012
Floral, truffle, earth, cassis, tobacco and cedar wood make up the perfume. Full bodied and concentrated, the tannins are a little rustic, which takes away from this normally, elegant, refined wine.
9577 Views Tasted Mar 25, 2012
1983 Margaux for the third time two weeks. I'm not complaining. My comment is a cross between sharing and bragging. Each bottle has been different, which is natural when a wine is only days away from its 28th birthday. This bottle had a tight nose that needed coaxing and swirling to reveal the earthy cedar, blackberry, cassis and fennel aromas. On the palate, the wine felt soft, round and regal. However, the finish lacked the length necessary to be considered a great wine. This was a very good Bordeaux wine. But it was not a great bottle of Chateau Margaux.
9948 Views Tasted Dec 20, 2010
83 Margaux is a baffling wine. At times, it's an elegant, floral expression of Margaux and on other occasions, it shows increased rusticity and hard tannins. Sadly, this bottle displayed more of the later than the former characteristics. With an earthy, truffle, cassis and tobacco laden nose, the wine felt rustic and beefy on the palate, with an austere leaning in the cassis filled finish. 94 Pts
9937 Views Tasted Dec 12, 2010
Refined power describes this lovely bottle. With decanting, aromatics of black fruit, cassis and floral notes with hints of tobacco and forest scents are easy to find. More powerful than 83 Palmer, but not as elegantly complex, the lengthy, black fruit filled finish is pure, but shows a bit of rusticity. Still young, additional bottle age will only make this already outstanding wine get better and better
4955 Views Tasted Dec 10, 2009
With its concentrated aromatics with hints of black cherry liqueur and cedar is a stellar wine. M concentrated than the 82 as well as tannic. This wine was produced in a very powerful style.
4864 Views Tasted Jul 1, 2008
Earthy forest notes, flowers and cassis. Very concentrated and full bodied perfectly combining depth with complexity. Still youthfully tannic. The palate enjoys copious amounts of ripe black, red and blue fruit dipped in chocolate.
4872 Views Tasted Feb 17, 2007
The perfume was intoxicating, candied fruit, flowers, truffles, wet forests and cedar notes that continued to expand in the glass. Very dense, opulent and extremely concentrated. Viscous, chewy, sensuous, decadent, black fruit filled every nook and cranny of you palate. This will evolve and improve for another 20-25 years or more if well stored.
5714 Views Tasted Jan 12, 2005
This bottle was a beauty. Silky in texture, with a floral, dark cherry, truffle and tobacco nose, the wine was concentrated, long and fresh. The finish felt as good as it tasted, with its depth, refinement and class. This is really drinking at close to peak today, where it should remain for years, if well stored.
4179 Views Tasted Nov 16, 2017
Elegant, soft, refined and floral, with a sweetness of fruit, secondary notes of cedar, tobacco, plums, cassis and earth. This bottle seemed slightly more advanced than previous bottles, but at this age, as you know, every bottle is going to be unique.
5534 Views Tasted Mar 19, 2017
2 bottles of this were opened because the first example was corked. Bottle #2 was a beauty. Floral, earthy and loaded with sweet, dark, luscious, silky fruits, the wine is full bodied, rich, complex and feels like velvet on the palate. This is mature and ready for prime time drinking.
5032 Views Tasted May 6, 2016
Earthy, cedar wood, stone and dark cherries show on the nose. Full bodied, lush, polished and soft, this is a really good wine, or perhaps good bottle that is so close, but not quite there. Again, this is probably due to provenance, as I’ve tasted better bottles.
5266 Views Tasted Jan 14, 2016
Elegant, full bodied, sophisticated, regal and refined, the wine has length, purity of fruit and complexities that are showing their all. The floral, earthy nose definitely gets you going, but the completeness of the wine on the palate is where the wine really shines. Decanted about 90 minutes, the wine really strutted its stuff.
5624 Views Tasted Dec 28, 2015
This is the best bottle of 1982 Margaux I've ever tasted. It was pure silk and polished velvet in texture. The nose, with its tobacco, cigar box, cherry pipe tobacco, cedar, cassis and floral notes were to die for. Lush, pure and opulent, this is really coming on strong. If you're lucky enough to have a bottle in your cellar, why not pop a cork?
4676 Views Tasted Aug 31, 2015
Beautiful aromas of fresh blackberry, smoke, tobacco, licorice, stone, floral and cigar box waft from the glass. Soft, lush, round and closing in on maturity, the wine ends with a sweet, ripe, fresh, clean, velvety finish. I remember when 1983 Margaux was the better wine. However, over the past few years, 1982 Margaux continues to improve while 1983 develops more rustic qualities.
7401 Views Tasted Sep 3, 2012
Violets, smoke, tobacco, cassis, blackberry and truffle aromatics grab your attention. The powerful, rich, elegant and sexy texture keeps your focus until the soft, silk and velvet textured, cassis filled finish kicks in. Everything is in balance and harmony in this sublime 82 Bordeaux.
13926 Views Tasted Aug 12, 2010
The floral, blackberry, truffle cassis, and Cuban cigar aromatics were accompanied by powerful waves of rich, silky, sexy back fruit. In 82, Margaux achieved perfect harmony between elegance and power.
3705 Views Tasted Mar 2, 2009
Powerful, concentrated and perfectly in balance. Rich, elegant and harmonious. There is a lot of depth and complexity to this wine.
3749 Views Tasted Nov 12, 2008
Deep, dark ruby color with scents of cassis, cedar, black raspberries and licorice. Very supple and opulent and not close to maturity
3576 Views Tasted Jul 1, 2007
Holding on to life by a thread that is close to breaking, one could sense dry, cherry pipe tobacco, earth and floral notes, but the wine was very light on the palate, finishing with a short note of red berries. Drink up sooner than later. This wine was much better years ago.
6412 Views Tasted Dec 17, 2013
Light ruby with bricking in the color, the wine is filled with cassis, spice, truffle, coffee and earthy notes. Refined in texture, this medium/full bodied wine is fully mature. The finish ends with cassis and spice flavors. There is no reason to age this wine any longer. It will not improve. This was my last bottle from the case. With a perfect fill, it was also the best of the 12.
7765 Views Tasted Oct 24, 2010
Fully mature it offers scents of flowers, black fruits, coffee and licorice notes. This has more weight and body than the Haut Brion, but less complexity on the nose. On the palate the wine is medium to full bodied. Ripe fruit flavors in an elegant finish.
3399 Views Tasted Feb 22, 2004
The dull ruby color showed bricking in the color. The nose was filled with spice, earth, tar, leather, crushed stone and tobacco smoke. In the mouth, the wine showed some cassis with cranberry tartness and green flavors. This is probably in decline. There is no reason to hold this wine any longer. Drink up.
6816 Views Tasted Oct 24, 2010
A nose of earth, cassis, spices, black fruit and forest floor aromas. Nice palate presence, but the finish is not long or complex. Fully mature, this will not improve. I imagine it will remain at this level for a few more years before continuing to decline.
2777 Views Tasted Jan 2, 2007
Well past its expiration date, the wine offers more on the earthy, cedar and tobacco stuffed nose, than on the light, bright, cherry, cranberry, earth and citrus filled palate. This needs to be drunk up.
571 Views Tasted Feb 2, 2020
Light, unripe, tannic and acidic, this rustic, tart, charmless wine was hard as well as hard to taste.
3321 Views Tasted Feb 16, 2013
Past over the hill, the light, almost tart, red berry wine offers more tobacco, cedar, decayed leaf and olive notes than fruit. There is not much complexity here, and the finish is quite short. Drink up if you have any, before the remaining fruit fades away.
2967 Views Tasted Oct 4, 2018
Medium bodied, with more secondary notes of tobacco, cigar box, forest floor, wet earth and green pepper, than red fruit. Fully mature, fading, but not faded away, this wine need consumption.
4392 Views Tasted Dec 15, 2017
Holding tightly on to the little bit of fruit remaining here, this is more about the aged, secondary notes of tobacco, cedar wood, cigar box, wet earth, ash and bits of cherry that poke through the tertiary aromatics than the last vestiges of fruit. Strict and classic in style, the wine is medium bodied, with a sweet and tart, earthy, bright, red berry finish.
3409 Views Tasted Apr 24, 2017
1962 Chateau Margaux was not the star of the show. It was of a fading star. Its fruit was fading along with its charm. Earthy, smoky, tobacco and cranberry were most of what remained.
3177 Views Tasted Oct 28, 2012
Medium/full bodied, elegant, refined, soft and silky, the wine relies on its freshness and delicate nuances, instead of power and structure. Complex, captivating and caressing on the palate, this is at or probably slightly past its peak of maturity.
725 Views Tasted Feb 2, 2020
With a gentle side to the tannins, the medium/full bodied, fresh, earthy cassis filled wine felt as good as it tasted. Soft and refined, but lacking the level of depth and volume found in many of the vintages best wines, this is all about charm, balance and elegance. Fully mature, this does not have the stuffing for more evolution, if you are lucky enough to have a bottle, you should drink it.
3570 Views Tasted Feb 4, 2019
With a spice filled nose, filled with cinnamon, all spice, cassis, truffle and earth, the wine had some rusticity in the otherwise, soft, earthy finish. There is no reason to age this hoping for further development.
4771 Views Tasted Sep 3, 2012
Smoke, leather, 5 spice, cassis, soy, earth, tobacco and forest floor aromas were easy to find. Fully mature, medium bodied with soft textures, this elegant Bordeaux wine finishes with spicy, earthy, cassis filled flavors.
5620 Views Tasted Mar 7, 2011
Medium bodied, elegant, finesse styled wine with an intoxicating, floral, earth, tobacco and sweet, red berry perfume. Soft, silky and graceful on the palate, the wine was effortless to drink. Fully mature, this is not a wine that warrants or probably appreciates further cellaring.
3105 Views Tasted Jul 5, 2017
I've tasted better of this in the past. But as you know, wines with almost 60 years of bottle age are always going to be variable. the fruit was fading, leaving you with an experience that was better in the tobacco, smoke, cherry, herb and earthy nose, than on the palate, where you could feel and taste it drying out. If you have a bottle, you should be drinking this wine, holding it longer, is not in your best interest.
3944 Views Tasted Oct 15, 2015
Brick and tea colored with light ruby accents, which is correct for the age, the aromatics offer cassis, strawberry jam, tobacco, lead pencil and earth. Medium bodied with soft, light textures finishing with sweet red cherries. Holding this any longer is pushing your luck.
2197 Views Tasted Oct 30, 2013
Another point of reference in the provenance is everything, as this bottle showed great! Tobacco, smoke, cigar wrapper, gravel, fennel, plums, cocoa and boysenberry scents open to a soft, ripe, medium/full bodied wine that finishes with elegant, ripe, plush textures, spicy plums and cassis. This was much better than the previous bottle tasted year.
3809 Views Tasted Sep 3, 2012
Smoke, tobacco, cassis, floral, earth, forest floor and truffle scents lead to a medium bodied wine that ends with a spice, cassis and cranberry filled finish. 1959 was not a stellar year for Chateau Margaux and like most tastings from a 750 ml bottle of this wine, this was past its prime. Large formast should offer a better tasting experience.
4394 Views Tasted Jul 16, 2011
Perhaps this is worth drinking if it's your birth year. But the wine is very light, metallic and short, though there is some bright red berries found in the finish. Drinkable, but not much else to say here.
1120 Views Tasted Aug 16, 2019
Much better than the previous bottle tasted a few years back, which stands to reason, as bottles more than 20 years of age are quite variable. Silky in texture, with an earthy, cedar, dark red fruit and tobacco nose, the wine was past its peak drinking years, but still quite charming.
6481 Views Tasted Mar 21, 2016
The only people denying bigger is better, don’t have bigger to play with. 1955 Margaux in magnum is an impressive sight when placed on the table. Sadly, the wine did not live up to the visuals. Closing in on 60 years of age, the birck and ruby colored wine offered smoke, tobacco, truffle, spice, smoke, cassis and incense in the nose. Medium bodied and soft textured, the tired wine offered, light, silky cherries in the finish. Based on this bottle, I’d drink it sooner now if I had any as it’s only going to get worse.
9510 Views Tasted Mar 26, 2012
Smoke, tobacco, forest floor, tobacco, thyme and red plums play nicely with all the truffle nuances in the nose. The wine is full bodied, soft, and has depth, along with concentration, leaving you with beautiful, sweet, earthy, tobacco smoke. Young for its age, no decanting is needed, just pop and pour. This is what great, fully mature is all about!
4617 Views Tasted Nov 13, 2017
OK, so it's starting to fade. When I get to that age, I'll probably be starting to fade as well. But that did not detract from the complex aromas, with its molasses, brown sugar, earth, cherry blossom and cigar box scents. Soft, silky, elegant and polished, it's time to drink up as this delicate beauty is only going to continue slowly dropping fruit from here.
4738 Views Tasted Aug 31, 2015
Exotic floral perfume with spices, truffles, cassis and wet forest scents. But, to me, where the wine really takes off is on the palate… Like syrup of Margaux, this very concentrated, multi layered, opulent wine oozes over your mouth, tongue and every other taste receptor you can think of. This is so sexy, silky rich and dense. Dry Port is an apt descriptor. Utterly compelling wine. The wine continued improving in the glass for over an hour. It might have continued evolving if we were able to resist its charms for any longer.
6187 Views Tasted Dec 28, 2010
This brick tinted, ruby colored wine displayed a beautiful profile of strawberry jam, fresh raspberries, cedar chest and spice aromatics which were further propelled because of the red and black fruits. Interestingly, the wine displayed more red than black fruits. However, the star of the show was the amazing, silky, voluptuous mouth feel. Extremely elegant and sophisticated.
4329 Views Tasted Jun 15, 2006
With a beautiful nose offering a cornucopia of scents ranging from cigar smoke, truffle, wet earth, spice, cherry blossoms and tobacco, the wine pure, silk and velvet on the palate. While the lacked the concentration found in the top wines of the vintage, the opulent, sensuous personality nad purity of fruit more than made up for it. The finish was pure, ripe, sweet, red and black cherries.
6312 Views Tasted Oct 28, 2012
Perhaps this was not perfectly stored its entire life, (I have no reference sample to guide) the wine was much better on the aromatic side, with its smoke, tobacco, tart red berry, charcoal and burning campfire scents, than on the earthy, red berry palate. Still, it was a treat to taste wine that was made at the conclusion of World War 2.
2154 Views Tasted Oct 6, 2018
Well past its prime. Still, it was easy to enjoy the soft, sweet, red fruits, earth and spice notes, elegant, refined textures and sweet, tobacco tinged, red cherries and red plums in the finish. There is no reason to hold this wine any longer.
2906 Views Tasted Nov 10, 2017
Absolutely stunning in every sense of the word, the wine looked like a glass of tea, with bricks in it to make the color. This was pure silk and velvet, with the distinctive patina of age in its texture. Notes of cigar box, flowers and cherry blossoms, tobacco and pure sweet cherries filled your nose. The gentle, sweet, soft, spicy, red berry filled finish was a treat that really sticks with you. I might not ever see it again, but the memory will linger for years.
4931 Views Tasted Apr 28, 2015
Just a few weeks shy of its 90'th birthday, this bottle was incredible! The wine had intensity, concentrated and slightly tough or austere tannins, but the nose, with its floral, sweet, cherry pipe tobacco, incense, wet earth, cedar and herb scents knocked me out. Masculine, but regal, the wine didn't move much in the glass, it just softened a bit and allowed more of the sweet, red fruits to shine through the advanced patina of age.
2360 Views Tasted Nov 10, 2017
Red, brown hue. Stewed fruit, leather, soy and earthy scents dominated the perfume. Deeply concentrated, very powerful. Amazingly young for a wine close to 80 years old!
2978 Views Tasted Jul 1, 2006
One could argue that most of the fruit was gone, and the wine that remained was mostly tobacco and earth. But the texture showed class and the red fruits you did find had a softness to them, even though the flavors moved from red to tart. On the other hand, you should only hope to be in this good a condition as you approach 100 years of age.
3045 Views Tasted May 8, 2014
Much better on the nose than the palate with its complex, earthy, spice, smoke, tobacco, truffle, ash, forest floor and cigar box aromatics. The texture sported the patina of age with a gentle rustic texture, along with a spice, mineral and tart fruit finish that closer to cranberry than cassis. That being said, it was an honor to taste bottled history! How often do we get to taste wines that are over 100 years old? Served blind, even thought it clearly bereft of most of its fruit, I was sure it was decades younger.
3865 Views Tasted Oct 28, 2012
With a perfume that was sensed from all four corners of the large, well appointed dining room, this legendary bottle of 1900 Chateau Margaux announced itself. Truffles, tobacco, floral, earth, sweet cherry and cedar aromatics bathed your nose. The wine offered a unique sensation, perfectly combining elegance, concentration and a light touch. Silk, satin and velvet textures played in your mouth, while ripe, spicy cherries, pipe tobacco, fresh strawberry and cassis flavors lingered on your palate. Everything was as it should be. This was my first experience with liquid history. With luck, it won’t be my last.
18303 Views Tasted Jan 20, 2001
Rust with orange in color, the wine offers. Tobacco, earth, orange peel, cranberry, smoke, charcoal with a lot of VA. Thin, bright, acidic, sharp and dry cherry in the finish. Who cares? Keeping things in the proper perspective, that was the year Lizze Borden chopped up her family with an ax, Thomas Edison began making silent movies, Grover Cleveland was president and Hawaii still had a queen! I’m tasting bottled history with this wine as it’s almost 120 years old! It’s an honor and privilege to hold the bottle, swirl and sip a wine that was made two centuries ago. This is a rare privilege I will never forget!
4903 Views Tasted May 4, 2012
This was a taste of history drinking a Bordeaux wine that was produced shortly after the civil war ended! The color of tea, potent, earthy, truffle, spice, tea, leather and tobacco notes were only the first scents to arrive. This elegant, soft, polished wine ended with a parade of fresh, ripe strawberries and raspberries in a rich syrupy texture.
7905 Views Tasted Sep 28, 2006