The 1998 Margaux is taking on a character reminiscent of the 1988 vintage. The colour is dense ruby/purple.The wine is tannic and austere, but elegant, with notes of asphalt,blackberries, acacia flowers, and sweet, toasty oak.Subtle, rich, nicely textured, and medium bodied, it is built for the long haul.Anticipated maturity:2008-2030
|Score: 91+||Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003|
|Score: 91+||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (134), April 2001|
|Score: 91/93||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (128), April 2000|
|Score: 90/92||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (122), April 1999|
The 1998 Château Margaux is a vintage that I have not tasted for a decade. Now at 20 years old it has retained a deep garnet colour with very little ageing on the rim, in fact, one of the most youthful-looking 1998 Left Banks that I encountered. The nose is gorgeous: very well defined with black cherries, fresh fig, touches of sous-bois and leather. As I have noted before, what it does not offer is the floral element that is the signature of many other vintages. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin. It feels more mature on the palate than on the nose with secondary notes of sage, black pepper, irony notes and a touch of bell pepper. I find this just cuts away short with a little greenness in the background. It was probably a great Margaux knocked off balance by the harvest rains, but it remains a fine wine that should continue to drink well for another decade. Tasted at the château. Drink 2018-2035.
|Score: 91||Neal Martin, vinous.com, May 2018|
A deep garnet core with deep brick rim. The nose has moderate intensity, not the exuberance and exhilaration of the Haut-Brion, but expressive, with notes of blackberry, tar, a touch of leather and bilberry. What it does not have is Margaux's signature aroma of violets - this is more reserved and masculine. The palate is medium-bodied, quite peppery upon entry with good acidity and balance, yet missing the femininity and the finesse that marks out say the 1999 or the 2001. The finish is quite dry, perhaps a little dour compared to other Chateau Margaux. Tasted March 2008.
|Score: 94||Neal Martin, January 2000|
40 % Merlot , 55 % Cabernet Sauvignon. Only 50 % of
the crop went into the first wine. The first growths seem to be a class apart from the competition in this vintage
and there is a very serious wine here at Margaux. Seems more tanic than usual and a bit closed but there
is plenty of weight. Director of the Chateau Paul Pontallier feels that it resembles the outstanding 1986 in structure, but perhaps not in destiny. " A gentle
version of the 1996" he says.
(FV 17) (WS 90-94)
| ||Farr Vintners, June 1999|