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1983 Chateau Margaux Margaux
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95 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - July/August 2002

($275-$394) Deep ruby-red. Exotic aromas of cassis, meat and smoke, plus a whiff of funky wood. Then remarkably sweet, lush and suave, with a flavor of raw berries. Pure Margaux silkiness allied to firm structure. Finishes very long, with rich, sweet tannins. Remarkable wine, particularly considering that the bottle was not perfect. Pristine bottles of this wine are just now embarking on their period of peak drinkability, which should last another 20 years or more.

92 Points | Wine Spectator
96 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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11/24/2011
by Fletcher14178593
I tasted a young Margaux in '98 and remember the characterustic floral nose and soft tannin texture. Today i saw this '83 on my uncle Val's secret stash and i'm still wiping the drool off my thanksgiving dress-shirt from when he said 'Lets open it!' His cellar is temp controlled but not humidity controlled but it was moist enough as a sealed enviro. Cork was wet 3/4s up and a little spot close to the seal. Liquid level was 3/8" below the wrapper. The classic floral was way in the background now after nigh 30 years. I got white pepper and two flavors i can best describe as rotting oak and snails (escargot anyone?). After half hour that mezmerising flavour settled and the most sophisticated cab sauv taste I've experienced exploded on my palette. Fruit was more blackberry than cassis but was a real blend - nothing that distinct I guess after 28 yrs en bottle.
1983 Margaux!
12/18/2000
by margaux321
All the wine critiques rave about the 1982 Bordeaux and indeed it is an outstanding vintage, however, for the Chateau Margaux the 1983 is more superior than the 1982 in that the '83 has all the superior qualities and characteristics of the '82 with an additional key feature of massive body and "gras" which the ’82 lacks. I have had the pleasure of tasting this wine twice, once in 1992 and once in 1998. In 1992 this wine, though very young, had a deep red color with thick oily consistency which formed "legs" in the glass (just like cognac or scotch would). The wine exhibited a huge nose of ripe red fruits, chocolate, roasted oak and truffle. On the palate this wine was smooth, silky, buttery and loaded with tangy red fruits flavors and tannin. In 1998, the color of the wine had turned more copperish and the nose exhibited intense aromas of tobacco tar and china ink. On the palate this wine had tamed a bit and the tannin had subsided.

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