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Professional Ratings: 98 The Wine Advocate, 95 Wine Spectator
Region: Margaux, Bordeaux, France
Varietal: Bordeaux Red Blends
Other Info: Great Wine Gift, Collectible Wines
Item no. 6263
Another truly exceptional vintage, very different from the previous one. The impression on the palate is of great power and concentration, but also fullness and finesse; not since the legendary 1961 has Château Margaux revealed such power and balance. This combination of dimension and elegance represents one of the finest expressions of the terroir of Château Margaux. It is still closed and will not be ready before the year 2005.
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.
This has matured fully but still clings to a slightly rugged feel, with a briar patch note framing the core of dried currant, blackberry and bitter cherry fruit. Twinges of alder, plum skin and cedar fill in the finish, which shows a decidedly grippy edge of smoldering charcoal. Impressive for depth and power, though this very tannic Margaux may never yield fully to the inherent elegance of its terroir. It can certainly handle more cellaring.