1978 Margaux

- 750 ml
94
RP-NM
Availability: Out of Stock
$855.00
Availability: Out of stock
Product ID
11545-750-XX4

Wine Critic Reviews:

Although the 1978 is a more powerful, fuller-bodied style of Margaux, it is less charming and fruity than the 1979. The 1978's nose has moved from one of ripe fruit and spicy oak, to tarry, truffle, earthy aromas that come across as slightly too masculine and meaty. Nevertheless, this is a rich, full-bodied, concentrated Margaux that only suffers in comparison with the great vintages produced under the Mentzelopoulos regime. Some of its rusticity may be due to tannins that were not totally ripe during the harvest. In any event, it remains one of the few great wines from the 1978 vintage. While I initially thought it would be fully mature within two decades of the vintage, it could still benefit from another 3-4 years of cellaring. Anticipated maturity: 2000-2020.

Robert Parker | 94 RP-NM
The 1978 Château Margaux is drinking at point today yet is still lively and youthful. Offering a classy, elegant, medium to full-bodied style as well as perfumed notes of darker fruits, lead pencil, truffle and flowers, this ruby colored effort is in no danger of falling off a cliff and certainly has another decade of longevity. It’s a classy Margaux and a joy to drink.

Jeb Dunnuck | 93 JD

Sokolin 1978 Margaux Tasting Notes:

Still pretty tannic and bold, this wine displays extraordinary joie de vivre and may not fully mature even in the next couple of decades. In its essence is a blackberry and pepper core, enhanced by an opulent bouquet of mulberry, charcoal, cocoa with menthol finesse, giving a lively, slightly scorched dimension. You can tell a leather and olive development is about to take place as the wine slowly builds up, with the texture and tannins more refined and structure with enough stamina to withstand the youthful agility this vintage exudes. A big wine with a bright future, though drinking well into its expected prime. Its softened touch and spiced, woody aftermath leave the door open for revisiting.

Impressive resilience and persistent perfume make this wine stand out from the crowd. Very much Margaux, but gifted with exceptional longevity and limber which would have you guess it much younger than ‘78. This wine is a delightful surprise of the year and lovely accessory to any cellar.
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Availability Out of Stock
Vintage 1978
Format 750 ml
Color Red
Country France: Words fail us when trying to adequately portray France's place in the world of wine. It's downright impossible to imagine what wine would feel and taste like had it not been for France's many, many viticultural pioneers. Fine wine is the blood of France's vigorously beating heart, and it finds itself in many aspects of French culture. With a viticultural history that dates all the way back to the 6th century BC, France now enjoys its position as the most famous and reputable wine region on the planet. If you have a burning passion for masterfully crafted, mouth-watering, mind-expanding wines, then regular visits to France are probably already in your schedule, and for a good reason.
Producer Margaux: Margaux was one of five wines to achieve First Growth status in the Bordeaux Classification of 1855. These wines marry masculine power with elegance, velvety tannins, and sensual textures. Flavorful aromas and perfumes of ripe dark berries, tobacco, truffles, cassis, and violets are the signature of these Grand Vin. The Chateau Margaux vineyard consists of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc for the red wine grapes. The final blend on average usually contains close to 85% Cabernet Sauvignon in most vintages. The wine is characterized by great purity of fruit with silky textures and unique floral characteristics. The best vintages of Chateau Margaux are: 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2000, 1999, 1996, 1995, 1990, 1989, 1986, 1985, 1983, 1982, 1959, 1953, 1929, 1928, 1921 and 1900.
Rating 94 RP-NM
Region Bordeaux: Even among the greatest and most reputable wine regions on the planet, Bordeaux stands above the rest. The winemakers of this region have a single-minded dedication to the fine art of viticulture and their efforts never fail to show. If you consider yourself a fine wine enthusiast, you owe it to yourself to visit Bordeaux - life changing. Whether you wish to drink some inspirational and gripping wine as soon as possible, or you want to add some masterpieces to your collection, no region on Earth is a more obvious choice. The noble and beautiful Garonne and Dordogne rivers surge through southwestern France, enriching the soil in a way very few other places can boast. The limestone-based earth is rich in calcium, and the almost oceanic climate conditions give the staple Bordeaux grape varietals vigor and flavor like nowhere else. For their illustrious reds, Bordeaux winemakers rely on a proven combination of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Meanwhile, a sip of their excellent white wine hints at the use of Semillon, Muscadelle and Sauvignon Blanc.Each of these varietals carries a unique identity, making every quality wine a character piece to rival Citizen Kane. It can be incredibly hard to choose only a few wines to collect for your cellar!
Type of Wine Bordeaux Red: Picture in your mind a combination of cedar, lead pencil, blackcurrant, plum and mineral aromatics, and texture that caresses your palate like a playful lover. The experience is thrilling from the first whiff to the final seconds of a tannic, generous finish - that is what you'll get from a Bordeaux Red
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Varietal Bordeaux Blend: Since its birth in France, the art of Bordeaux-inspired blends has been brought to regions like California, and Washington, where New World visionaries add their own unique spin to the formula, creating mouth-watering tributes to Bordeaux's viticultural greatness. Today, with a compelling cultural mixture, sampling Bordeaux blends is more excited than ever.
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