1996 is a great year in Bordeaux, to be precise, a great year for the left bank. The quality of the Cabernet Sauvignon is superlative. However, this also means the wines are meant for long haul as tannic, backward and muscular are often the case when there is high percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend.
Some of the lesser Chateaus (ie, Cru-Bourgeois) are drinking beautifully now and prices remain sensible. However, the bigger name will be able to benefit from much longer aging (>10yrs). Chateau Margaux is definitely one of them.
Chateau Margaux, the 1st growth in Margaux appellation is famous of her sheer elegance and femininity. The final blend of the 1996 Chateau Margaux is 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, and the rest Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. However, even with such high percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon, she has no problem to display breathtaking sense of finesse and silky smooth, sweet tannin that prevented her from being harsh nor intrusive in the mouth and brings harmony and elegance.
1996 Château Margaux (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux)
- Alcohol :: 12.5%
Deep ruby core with garnet hue. Oh my, is this a perfume? The aromas is heavenly, absolutely fantastic and seductive. Highly complex, perfume and intense aromas of cedar, cigar box, tobacco, graphite intermixed perfectly with blackberry, creme de cassis, mint and violet. With more air, pain grille note emerged. Such lushness, freshness on this wonderfully balance and delineated Margaux with haunting inner perfume of floral and sweet dark fruits that filled up the mouth immediately after the first sip. Everything is in place, harmony! Excellent drive, incredible intensity yet so weightless, endless layer of succulent dark fruits, savory meatiness, cigar box, roasted herbs and secondary nuanced of earthiness all integrated into the firm but polished structure, along with the medium level of silkiest tannin for the lush, elegant mouth feel that finished off with superb length that lingering with juicy mineral, sweet dark fruits aftertaste. Long life ahead with great upside potential. Incredible! 95-97