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Date Printed: 10/31/2014
Chateau Margaux  2004
Chateau Margaux 2004
(search item no. 86813)
collectible wine

Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
Wine & Spirits rating: 96 points
PRICE ON 10/31/2014: $499.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2011 James Suckling rating: 95 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2010 James Suckling rating: 100 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 99 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 98 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 98 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 100 points
2009 James Suckling rating: 100 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 99 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 98 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 100 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 98 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 98 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 99 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 98 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 96 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2002 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 97 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 100 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 100 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 98 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 96 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1996 The Wine Advocate rating: 99 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 100 points
1995 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
1995 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
1994 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1994 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1993 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1990 The Wine Advocate rating: 100 points
1990 Wine Spectator rating: 98 points
1990 International Wine Cellar rating: 98 points
1989 Wine Spectator rating: 100 points
1988 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
1986 Wine Spectator rating: 98 points
1986 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
1983 Wine Spectator rating: 98 points
1983 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
1983 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
1982 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
1981 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
1981 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1978 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 1988 vintage of this wine was ranked #6 on the Wine Spectator's Top 10 Wines of 1991

The 2004 was born in conditions closely resembling those of 1996: the same unsettled summer weather, the same early autumn and the same rainy harvest. Last minute rain, though, in no way modifies the body of a wine, nor weakens its muscle; it only takes away a bit of fatness, which gives it a finer silhouette.

Château Margaux 2004 is therefore a great classic vintage. There is great finesse and above all, purity on the nose. In this subtle combination of floral, fruit and spice aromas, all are clearly present but no single aroma dominates. On the palate, the tannic structure is tight-knit, fine and tender. The general impression is firstly balance, precision, freshness and finally an air-light grace which can only be found in great Margaux.

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About Chateau Margaux:

Château Margaux, a Premier Grand Cru Classé Bordeaux, is one of the most famous wines in the world. Care has been lavished on the property by a line of owners with an abiding concern for the reputation of the estate.

For more than five hundred years, season after season, generations of vineyard-workers, grapeharvesters, cellar-workers, coopers and many other craftsmen have all played a part in making Château Margaux what it is today: a wine with an incomparable personality, reflected in the elegant Palladian building which adorns its label. In 1977, the estate was purchased by the late André Mentzelopoulos, and it is now run by his daughter, Corinne Mentzelopoulos.