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1986 Chåteau Margaux (750ml - Full Bottle)

#6 - WINE SPECTATOR TOP 100 - 1989
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WS 98
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Vintage 1986
Bottle Size 750
Classification A.O.C. Margaux, Premiers Crus (1me)
Style Red
Region Bordeaux
Subregion Margaux
Bottle Condition Perfect

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Antonio Galloni, Vinous
The 1986 Chateau Margaux was even more emotionally moving. Still incredibly youthful, it showed incredible focus and depth, all backed up by considerable structure. As hard as it may seem to believe, on this night the 1986 appeared to still be some years away from peaking. It was striking in every way.
Wine Spectator
An absolute classic; incredibly concentrated, complex, elegant and firm without a hint of hardness. Layers of blackberry, cassis, plum, cedar, vanilla and spice, yet there is also a sense of reserve, indicating this has plenty of room to grow.
Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
Nose soars from the glass: cherries, strawberry, vanilla. Highly perfumed. Completely harmonious on the sumptuous, very ripe palate. There is an exotic appeal to this Margaux: utterly hedonistic. Approachable now but the acidity will see it mature another 10+ years. A really sexy, voluptuous wine. Drink 2012 - Tasted March 2002. Neal Martin, Neal Martins Wine Journal
Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
The 1986 Margaux continues to be the most powerful, tannic, and muscular Margaux made in decades. One wonders if the 1928 or 1945 had as much power and depth as the 1986? The black/ruby/purple color reveals no sign of age. The reluctant nose offers up aromas of smoky, toasty new oak and black currants, as well as a few flowers. The wine is mammoth, with extraordinary extract, superb balance, and a frightfully tannic finish. This is a Margaux of immense stature, made in a masculine, full-bodied style that is in complete contrast to the 1990. It should prove nearly immortal in terms of aging potential, but will it have the awesome potential I first predicted? Anticipated maturity: 2000-2050.

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Sub-Region :
One of the great winegrowing regions of all time, this Bordeaux commune lies in the Médoc appellation, north of the town of Bordeaux. Margaux's claim to fame is its "white graves" soil, consisting of gravel brought by the river from the mountains. There are 18 Grands Crus Classés in Margaux, with Château Margaux producing the most highly regarded wines of the Médoc. Margaux wines are traditionally elegant with a full-flavored bouquet. View all our items from Margaux
Region :
Though French wines are the highest valued wines in the world, esteemed wines from Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne were only enjoyed locally until 150 years ago when transportation improvements made them widely available. French wine production is governed by a strict quality-control system, which regulates the grapes used in each region and classifies wineries according to an elaborate cru hierarchy. Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah and Sauvignon Blanc are just a few of the important grape varietals with roots in French soil. View all our items from France