Skip to main content

100/100: "One of the wines of 20th century Bordeaux" (Anson)

“This may well turn out to be the Left Bank pinnacle of the 1990s”
– Neal Martin


We are thrilled to offer a beautiful case of Chateau Margaux’s 100-point-scoring 1996 vintage. A great wine when young that is now really firing on all cylinders, this is a monumental First Growth that is in the ranks of the all time greats.


Jane Anson was able to taste this in 2022 and her thought are clear, this is a legend. For her, it is One of the wines of 20th century Bordeaux” and, even better, it is now at a beautiful moment to drink”Her assessment is mirrored by Neal Martin, who thinks it may well turn out to be the Left Bank pinnacle of the 1990s”


For those looking for a First Growth from a top vintage for drinking now and for years to come, this is perfect. Details are below, do take a look and let us know if you have interest.


1996 Chateau Margaux
1cs (12*75cl OWC) @ £6,900 per case in bond
100 points Jane Anson
One of the wines of 20th century Bordeaux, now at a beautiful moment to drink. I have been lucky enough to taste this a few times recnently, and it delivers every time. Floral edges, gunsmoke, peony, gentle intensity that builds before you even feel it happening, leading to a subtle intensity. This floats above the glass, sweet fruit and silky tannns. 100% new oak. Paul Pontallier director, delivering a stunning wine. (2022) Drink 2022-2040
98 points Neal Martin
The 1996 Château Margaux stands as one of the pinnacles during Paul Pontallier’s illustrious tenure. I remember it dazzling out of barrel, perhaps my first memory of tasting wine at that prenatal stage. It has retained the fabulous tension and freshness on the nose, every atom infused with mineralité, subtle pressed flower/violet scents unfurling with aeration. The palate has unerring symmetry, perfectly balanced with filigree tannin and lovely acidity. It’s a wine where everything seems to be in its right place. Blackberry, crushed stone at the front of the mouth and a touch of spice toward the finish show supreme control. This is a Margaux that seems to light up the senses. It was outstanding in its youth…something that has not changed one bit over the intervening two decades. This may well turn out to be the Left Bank pinnacle of the 1990s. Tasted July


Offered subject to final confirmation. Available from our cellars in the UK. Offer expires 10th March 2024.

Get in touch

This is a Test 2