(From 2007 Vintage) Medium bright ruby. Compellingly perfumed nose of boysenberry, cassis, graphite, licorice and violet. Suave on entry, then imploded in the middle and extremely slow to show itself. Very pure, understated black fruit, licorice and bitter chocolate flavors are like an essence of cabernet. Savory rather than particularly sweet: there's nothing easy or obvious about this wine today. A dry and classic style; the tannins are tight for a young Margaux but not hard, and the finishing flavors are vibrant and perfumed.
(From 2004 Vintage) 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...
Bill Kelly. January 2015. Weekend we introduced him and Cindy to Tristan. Unique smell. Great taste. Needed about 4 hours to air to before the taste matured.
opened up after 2 hours. initially backward compared to mouton but opened up nicely afterwards. v nice but prefer the mouton on this vintage.
Robert ParkerRating: 96/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 12/01/1996