1996 Chateau Palmer Margaux
80 Ratings
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80 Ratings
1996 Chateau Palmer Margaux

Wine Description

(From 1994 Vintage) The large Merlot component gives the wine a silky texture, and an up-front, sweet, black-cherry and plum-scented nose with toasty oak and floral scents. Medium-bodied, round, and nicely concentrated, this charming, elegant wine is well-proportioned and harmonious.

Winemaker's Notes

(From 1983 Vintage) Red-ruby. Rather evolved, chocolatey nose shows hints of oxidation. Too old in the mouth and starting to lose its fruit. This can't be right. But I've found considerable variation with this wine, with...

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Expert Reviews
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  • Robert Parker
    (From 1970 Vintage)
  • Wine Advocate
    (From 1983 Vintage) Rating: 97/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 88 on Aug-93
  • Robert Parker
    (From 2003 Vintage)
  • Wine Advocate
    (From 2003 Vintage) Rating: (88-91) - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 152 on Apr-04
  • Wine & Spirits
    (From 2005 Vintage) This spectacular offering should continue to improve, and may merit an even higher score after additional aging. Stunningly rich and powerful, the dark purple-tinged 2005 Palmer is a blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, and 7% Petit Verdot. Aromas of incense, burning embers, black currants, plums, licorice, and flowers are followed by a full-bodied Margaux with more weight and power even than its nearby first-growth rival, Chateau Margaux. The abundant acidity and tannins are beautifully coated by the winersquo;s exceptional fruit extract and overall harmony and richness. It is so concentrated that one is hard pressed to find even a hint of new oak. Anticipated maturity: 2017ndash;2045+.