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1998 Château Margaux

Margaux, 1er cru classé
(OWC)

Ex-château; earliest anticipated arrival is Winter 2020 help
 
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PRICE:
$3,335.00 per Double Magnum (3L)

SIZE:
3L d-mag

AVAILABLE:
1 Double Magnum (3L)

 

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TASTING NOTES

"The 1998 Margaux's color is a dense ruby/purple. The wine is tannic and austere, but elegant, with notes of asphalt, blackberries, acacia flowers, and sweet, toasty oak. Subtle, rich, nicely-textured, and medium-bodied, it is built for the long haul. Anticipated maturity: 2006-2030." Robert Parker's Wine Advocate #134
(WA, 04/01/2001)

Rating: 91
Drink from: 2006-2030


"The 1998 Château Margaux is a vintage that I have not tasted for a decade. Now at 20 years old it has retained a deep garnet colour with very little ageing on the rim, in fact, one of the most youthful-looking 1998 Left Banks that I encountered. The nose is gorgeous: very well defined with black cherries, fresh fig, touches of sous-bois and leather. As I have noted before, what it does not offer is the floral element that is the signature of many other vintages. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin. It feels more mature on the palate than on the nose with secondary notes of sage, black pepper, irony notes and a touch of bell pepper. I find this just cuts away short with a little greenness in the background. It was probably a great Margaux knocked off balance by the harvest rains, but it remains a fine wine that should continue to drink well for another decade. Tasted at the château." Neal Martin, Vinous.com
(NM, 05/01/2018)

Rating: 91
Drink from: 2018-2035


"Gorgeous aromas of berry, currant and exotic spices, especially cinnamon. Medium- to full-bodied, with layers of silky tannins and ripe berry and raspberry on the palate. An outstanding Margaux. Best after 2006." Wine Spectator
(WS, 01/31/2001)

Rating: 90
Drink from: 2006


"Sweet nose that seemed slightly oaky at first - certainly very different from the rest and perhaps not quite as perfumed and silky as one would like. Although it grew in the glass to be more stereotypically Margaux - certainly no lack of concentration and fruit...Lots of life and energy and then attractive sweetness all within a pretty firm framework. Attractive balance. Still very dense - seems at about the right point of evolution for a 10 year-old first growth. Still quite a bit of tannin but the fruit is maturing nicely. Very fresh - may be too much so?" JancisRobinson.com
(JR, 03/21/2008)

Rating: 18.5-
Drink from: 2012-2025


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