Don't get me wrong, vintages matter, but there is often some distinctions in sub-appellations. Case in point, for me, 1983 Margaux is often better than the more heralded 1982 vintage. If nothing else, this wine is a testament to the 1983 vintage in Margaux. Ruby in color with some browning, mostly opaque and flat. The nose is classic with cherries, black cherries, cigar box and a funk/earthiness. Medium bodied. Tart acidity. On the palate, black cherries with some underlying funk. Depth and complexity. Moderate finish. While certainly past prime, there was a lot to offer here. Se
One never knows about older bottles until they are opened. I would have thought this DOA but it had some life left and was a nice older wine. Ruby/brown in color, clear and bright. The nose has some Volatile Acidity when first poured but the blew off after about ten minutes leaving Cherries, and earthiness and slightly perfumed. Medium bodied. On the palate, cherry cough syrup notes with a bit of mint on the finish. This kept improving in the glass for the 15 or so minutes that I had it. Nice on it own, this worked great with a mushroom popover dish. Certainly past prime, but that's
In a great place right now. Purple in color with ruby swirls, mostly opaque and bright. The nose is nice with cassis, black cherries, tobacco, balsamic and spice. Full bodied. On the palate, this is pretty close to mature. Cassis, spice, with underlying earthiness. Great balance. Light tannins. Nice finish. This should drink well for another ten to fifteen years. It would match well with Lamb Stew.
It is always a treat to drink a mature First Growth. This is fully mature and drinking beautifully. 12.5% abv according to the importer sticker on the bottle. Purple/ruby in color with some browning at the rim, mostly clear and a bit flat. The nose is dusty with cassis and tobacco. With air some dried fruits come out. Medium bodied. On the palate, this has a vibrant acidity. Nice cherry and black cherry fruit with some cassis. Layers of complexity. Fruit over spice and dried forest floor. Nice finish. This begs for food and went well with a roasted Brie but would work well with
Though 1999 is a good if not great vintage, Palmer is certainly one of the top wines of the vintage. This is a blend of 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 46% Merlot, and 6% Petit Verdot. It is at peak. This bottle was opened at 2:00 and allowed to breathe until 5:00 when it was double decanted back to its original bottle and sealed before serving at around 8:00. That seemed to be about right. Garnet in color, ruby at the rim, mostly opaque and bright. The nose has cassis, black cherries, spice, cedar and floral notes. Medium to full bodied. On the palate, this is complex and layered. Cassis
This is the second wine of Chateau Palmer and from the great 2000 vintage. It is drinking very well now and likely at peak (not something I say often about 2000 Bordeaux wines). Purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose has black cherries, some cassis, a bit of baking spices, and leather. Full bodied. Just a wisp of tannins. Enticing texture. On the palate, this is delicious. Cassis and some black cherry fruit with a bit of spice and tobacco. Nice finish. This drinks great on its own, but will be better with food. Lamb would be a classic pairing. Drink over the next five to eig
Purple in color, opaque and bright. The nose is nice with black cherries, cassis, slight floral notes and cedar. Medium to full bodied. On the palate, this has ripe cassis flavors with a touch of leather and slight dried floral notes. Medium tannins. Good finish. This needs a few more years to open and then should drink well for another ten to twelve more. This would work well with a bacon-cheese Quiche.
Any time one gets a chance to drink a first growth, it's a true pleasure. They have become prohibitively priced, so its nice when a bottle actually gets open and consumed. Perhaps not the greatest vintage of Margaux, but a very good one. At age 22, this is pretty much at peak and drinking very well. Deep ruby in color, mostly clear and bright. The nose has a bit of that Margaux liquor/perfume with cherries, cassis, slight spice, and leather but clean. Full bodied. Medium tannins. The palate has black cherries, slight black tea, and slight soy. Long finish.
This winery calls itself the first garage wine from Margaux. Deep ruby with some purple at the core. The nose is very nice if a bit more earthy than what I think of for Margaux. That is it has cassis, barnyard funk, blueberries and spice. Full bodied and a luxurious mouthfeel. On the palate, cassis and blueberries with underlying funk. This is showing some maturity but not fully there. Maybe another few years, but this should drink well for at least another decade. Medium tannins. Nice finish. A delightful wine to drink on its own, it will also work well with roasted meats, fowl o
Another great showing from this estate. Purple in color, ruby at the rim. Opaque and bright. The nose has slight cherries with a bit of smoke. Delicate but persistent. On the palate, this is very smooth. Light tannins. Cherries and sour cherries with a slight char underneath. Nice finish. This is a more delicate wine with nice acidity and will appeal to those who like more red fruits than say purple. It will match well to pasta dishes or fowl. This should improve a bit more over the next few years and then drink well for another ten to twelve after that.