Château Margaux, 1996

Margaux, Bordeaux, France

Château Margaux, 1996

Margaux, Bordeaux, France



  • Bottle
  • Case of 6
  • Case of 12


Grape Varietes: Cabernet Sauvignon 75%, Merlot 20%, Petit Verdot 5% Wine Style: Left Bank Bordeaux Winemaker: Paul Pontallier Optimum Drinking: 2017-2040 Reviewer Rating: 99 Reviewer: Robert Parker Code: 100362
Estate Notes

Château Margaux's 1996 was one of the stars of an excellent Bordeaux vintage and was purchased in its original wooden case.

Château Margaux is one of Bordeaux's most strikingly elegant châteaux. Yet, despite its status, Margaux has a wonderful family feel, lacking the pretension and snobbery that enshrouds other elite Bordeaux châteaux. And Margaux's engaging personality is reflected in its wines - renowned for being rich and opulent.

The key behind Margaux's approach is the partnership between owner Corinne Mentzelopoulos and the long-standing winemaker Paul Pontallier, and there is a great team ethic from the vineyard workers right through to the management.


"That crystalline nose, the purity, the mineralite – it is all there. The palate is razor-sharp, brilliant focused with those silky tannins that caress the mouth, lascivious blackberry, black plum and blueberry towards the finish. Stunning."

"Fully formed now, with a rush of steeped currant and black tea notes that are melded with a backdrop of anise, sandalwood, bergamot and charcoal. The long, suave finish lets the perfume linger, with a weighty feel. This seems to mark the start of the refinement of tannins; despite the power, this is all grace and elegance." Wine Spectator