1986 Margaux

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£3,577.00 DP

Average critic rating : 95.5 points



A magnificent example of Chateau Margaux and one of the most tannic, backward Margauxs of the last 50 years, the 1986 continues to evolve at a glacial pace. The color is still a dense ruby/purple with just a hint of lightening at the rim. With several hours of aeration, the aromatics become striking, with notes of smoke, toast, creme de cassis, mineral, and white flowers. Very full-bodied, with high but sweet tannin, great purity, and a very masculine, full-bodied style, this wine should prove nearly immortal in terms of its aging potential. It is beginning to budge from its infantile stage and approach adolescence. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2050. Last tasted, 12/02. Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book January 2003



Racy and powerful. Black color. Currants, tar and dried herbs. Full-bodied, with firm tannins. Slightly hollow center palate--a bit of a letdown. Better with more bottle age.--Bordeaux retrospective. Best after 2003. James Suckling,Wine Spectator 2001

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The first of the grand Médoc appellations north of Bordeaux is named after its greatest wine, Château Margaux. Margaux is one of the largest appellations of the Médoc and, unlike Pauillac for instance, Ch. Margaux stands alone at the top. Neighbouring properties Châteaux Palmer and Rauzan-Ségla are probably its closest competitors.

Owned by the Mentzelopulous family since 1977, and run by the charismatic Paul Pontallier since 1983, Château Margaux is one of the finest wines of Bordeaux, and the epitome of feminine, fragrant Bordeaux.

The vineyards are planted to Cabernet Sauvignon (75%), Merlot (20%), Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. In top vintages such as 2005 or 2010, the Cabernet Sauvignon can dominate the blend and more and more is used in the grand vin: whilst the Merlot gives the grand vin flesh, Paul Pontallier believes that it is the Cabernet Sauvignon that gives it greatness.

As with most of the best Bordeaux estates, a second wine is made: Pavillon Rouge de Ch. Margaux and, unusually for Margaux, a 100% Sauvignon Blanc white wine is made: Pavillon Blanc de Ch. Margaux.

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