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  • Country ranking ?

    792
  • Producer ranking ?

    15
  • Decanting time

    2h
  • When to drink

    now to 2035
  • Food Pairing

    Flank Steak and Salsa Verde

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 1983

In 1983 the spectacular success of the Margaux appellation in this vintage partly remains an enigma, which goes to show how limited our knowledge is about what makes a vintage successful… It would appear that the stormy rain showers in August were less heavy in Margaux than in other regions around Bordeaux. The 1983 Château Margaux is a very fine wine, that certain tasters find better than the 1982 vintage. We have followed this pair of vintages since the beginning with curiosity and sheer pleasure without ever making a definitive judgement as to their respective qualities. Over the years, one tasted better than the other and vice-versa…

Weather
After a very rainy spring, the month of June was hot and dry, making excellent conditions for the flowering. The summer was hot and humid, almost tropical, thus causing potential risks of disease. Then, as from the 10th September, very fine hot and sunny weather set in, helping the grapes to reach excellent ripeness levels. (The picking began on 29th September)

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Average Bottle Price

2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2005 2000
475€ +10.0% 432€ +7.7% 401€ -21.2% 509€ +15.9% 439€ +53.0% 287€ +100.7% 143€

This data comes from the FINE Auction Index, a composite of average prices for wines sold at commercial auctions in 20 countries. The average prices from each year have been collected since 1990. This chart plots the index value of the average price of the wines.

Latest Pro-tasting notes

14 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Full

ending

Long and Flavorful

flavors

Blackcurrant, Coffee, Cedar, Earthy and Mineral

nose

Intense and Complex

recommend

Yes

taste

Complex, Balanced, Medium-bodied, Firm, Rich and Elegant

Written Notes

A bottle of 1983 Margaux was in perfect condition, chalky and minerally, fuller-bodied and more stony than any other bottle of this that I have ever had. Its acidity was noticeable and noticeably good, and its spine and length suggested younger rather than older. Its black fruits were almost entrapped by its minerality; this will be a fascinating wine to follow for the next 25 years (95).

  • 95p

In a certain way 1983 is a benchmark vintage for Château Margaux. Paul Pontalliers first wine shows a garnet red, still lively colour. In the nose fine spices, hints of vanilla, cardamom, cinnamon and discreet fruit. On the palate elegant and well structured with finesse, freshness and great length.

  • 98p
Good depth of colour for its age. Aged aromas of cedarwood. Complex. Still fresh and lively. Very fine, still not quite perfectly rounded, but so close that it can be drunk with great pleasure now. Perfumed and elegant. Persistent on the finish. Better than 1982! Delicious.
  • 97p

Information

Origin

Margaux, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Above Average

Value For Money

Very good

Investment potential

Below Average

Fake factory

None

Glass Time

1h

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98p
 Markus Del Monego MW / Best Sommelier in the World 1998, MW (Germany)  tasted  Château Margaux 1983  ( Château Margaux )

In a certain way 1983 is a benchmark vintage for Château Margaux. Paul Pontalliers first wine shows a garnet red, still lively colour. In the nose fine spices, hints of vanilla, cardamom, cinnamon and discreet fruit. On the palate elegant and well structured with finesse, freshness and great length.

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95p
 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Château Margaux 1983  ( Château Margaux )

A bottle of 1983 Margaux was in perfect condition, chalky and minerally, fuller-bodied and more stony than any other bottle of this that I have ever had. Its acidity was noticeable and noticeably good, and its spine and length suggested younger rather than older. Its black fruits were almost entrapped by its minerality; this will be a fascinating wine to follow for the next 25 years (95).

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95p
 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Château Margaux 1983  ( Château Margaux )

"It had been opened but was slightly musty, although many found it undrinkable. I did not have the energy to monitor it for what was the remainder of the evening, however (DQ). There were three more wines that I sampled, and all were outstanding plus"

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95p
 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Château Margaux 1983  ( Château Margaux )

"The classic showdown of Palmer versus Margaux never gets old, especially when they are both from 1983. The 1983 Margaux had a deep, invigorating nose with nice black and cassis fruit. There was some grass and honey along with deeper fruit in this classic Margaux. It was both masculine and feminine at the same time (95)."

1y 9m ago

97p
 Stuart George, Wine Writer (United Kingdom)  tasted  Château Margaux 1983  ( Château Margaux )

"Good depth of colour for its age. Aged aromas of cedarwood. Complex. Still fresh and lively. Very fine, still not quite perfectly rounded, but so close that it can be drunk with great pleasure now. Perfumed and elegant. Persistent on the finish. Better than 1982! Delicious. "

1y 10m ago

97p
 Stuart George, Wine Writer (United Kingdom)  tasted  Château Margaux 1983  ( Château Margaux )

"Harvesting began on 29 September. Better than 1982?
Paul Pontallier’s first vintage. He arrived in late Spring.
A highly successful year for the Margaux appellation - Palmer is also distinguished.
Good depth of colour for its age. Aged aromas of cedarwood. Complex. Still fresh and lively. Very fine, still not quite perfectly rounded, but so close that it can be drunk with great pleasure now. Perfumed and elegant. Persistent on the finish. Better than 1982! Delicious. 97
"

2y 2m ago

99p
 Philip Tuck / Master of Wine, MW (United Kingdom)  tasted  Château Margaux 1983  ( Château Margaux )

"This is a famous wine, and rightly so. I have been lucky enough to taste and drink this wine a number of times and every time it gives enormous pleasure. There is an element of aged complexity but this wine still have everything in abundance but most of all it is the most wonderfully elegant wine. This is the epitomy of fine Red Bordeaux."

4y 5m ago

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