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The Story

Since the 17th Century, the first wine of Château Margaux has been recognised as being one of the greatest wines in the entire world. It owes its unique qualities to the genius of its terroir as well as to the passionate work of a succession of generations. It’s a remarkable wine that comes from a combination of characteristics that are only rarely found: finesse, elegance, complexity, density, intensity, length and freshness. Although its tannic concentration may be exceptional, it’s rare to detect astringency.  

The great vintages are distinguished by their formidable ability to move us. The lesser vintages give pleasure to wise enthusiasts. They offer the advantage of evolving very rapidly and, reveal, after a few years, instead of power, this subtlety that is the prerogative of great terroirs.  Château Margaux has an extraordinary ability to evolve. Over the years, it has developed a finesse, an aromatic complexity and a remarkable presence on the palate.

Château Margaux has sought to achieve excellence in its wines for over 400 years now through painstaking and necessarily long studies of its terroir, through a constant desire to learn and innovate, by remaining sensitive to demanding markets, and above all through a passionate commitment that has been shared by the families that have succeeded each other at the estate. At the end of the 17th century, it became part of the nascent elite “First Growths” – long before being established officially by the Classification of 1855. Since then, Château Margaux has known fame and fortune, seeing by experience how ephemeral both are.

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Vintage 1966

Weather
After a rainy start to the growing season, August and especially September were hot and dry. September in particular was exceptionally hot, which allowed the grapes to ripen in excellent conditions. (The picking began 20th September)

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

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Tasting note

color

Deep, Ruby red and Evolved

ending

Long, Gentle and Flavorful

flavors

Vanilla, Perfumed and Tropical fruits

nose

Intense, Generous and Refined

recommend

Yes

taste

Average in Acidity, Balanced, Concentrated, Multi-dimensional, Medium-bodied, Fragrant, Refined and Medium-Dry

Verdict

Excellent

Written Notes

A vintage chosen to celebrate the year our friend arrived in Australia but whatever the reason, a wonderful drink. Great concentration here. Offers a core of sweet fruit. Really was in great nick. Very fine tannins. Serious length. Maturity and complexity in abundance. And yet still with sweet fruit. A wine still very much alive at fifty years and it is hard to ask for much more. Flavours flowed beautifully and the aromas just leapt out of the glass, even after considerable time.
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A typical 66 with dark garnet red colour and brick red hue. The nose is very expressive with spicy character, balmy components, initially slightly dusty the wine develops extremely well displaying hints of prunes and dried fruits, discreet hints of blackberries, mild spices and vanilla. On the palate very elegant with a very fresh character, firm but balanced tannins and an excellent length.

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Origin

Margaux, Bordeaux

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 Markus Del Monego MW / Best Sommelier in the World 1998, MW (Germany)  tasted  Château Margaux 1966  ( Château Margaux )

A typical 66 with dark garnet red colour and brick red hue. The nose is very expressive with spicy character, balmy components, initially slightly dusty the wine develops extremely well displaying hints of prunes and dried fruits, discreet hints of blackberries, mild spices and vanilla. On the palate very elegant with a very fresh character, firm but balanced tannins and an excellent length.

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 Jan-Erik Paulson, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  Château Margaux 1966  ( Château Margaux )

"Best bottle of this variable wine ever. Youthful and elegant"

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 Ken Gargett, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  Château Margaux 1966  ( Château Margaux )

"A vintage chosen to celebrate the year our friend arrived in Australia but whatever the reason, a wonderful drink. Great concentration here. Offers a core of sweet fruit. Really was in great nick. Very fine tannins. Serious length. Maturity and complexity in abundance. And yet still with sweet fruit. A wine still very much alive at fifty years and it is hard to ask for much more. Flavours flowed beautifully and the aromas just leapt out of the glass, even after considerable time.
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