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.
Purple in color, ruby at the rim. Opaque and bright. The nose is dusty with black cherries, cedar and a slight herbal note. On the palate, this is medium bodied. Light tannins. Nice black cherry fruit with some underlying oak. Nice acidity. Nice finish. This should continue to improve for a few more years and drink well for ten more after that. It is a solid wine right now but it will be interesting to see where it goes. This will drink better with food. Roasted meats would be a good choice.
This is a second growth under the 1855 classification system. Not a super second but often can be found for a reasonable price. A blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 7% Cabernet Franc. Purple in color, opaque and bright. Slight funk in the glass which slightly blows off with air. Cassis, cedar and roasted herbs. On the palate, this has nice fruit plums and cass along with some underlying spice/cedar. Slightly drying tannins. Long finish. This drinks well on its own and will work well with roasted fowl or meats. It is close to peak but may still be a bit better. It sh
For wines that are purchased on release and cellared for years, it is rare to hit a bottle at its exact prime. Often the bottle is opened too early, or too late. Wine lovers often discuss which is better.
Consumed after a tasting of First Growths from 2008, this more than held its own. It is 51% Merlot, 41% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Petit Verdot. The definition of a sexy wine. Purple/ruby in color. The nose has cassis, floral notes and slight plums. On the palate, this has a wonderful texture. Juicy yet velvety. Lots of cassis and some raspberries over a slight spice/earth. Long finish. There are medium to firm tannins but they are more silky in style. A delicious wine right now, it should improve for a decade and last another couple (at least) after that.
This is 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. It is a classic Margaux with a perfumed nose and plenty to seduce the palate. Deep ruby in color. The nose has cassis, spice and floral/perfumed quality to it. On the palate, this has medium tannins. Lots of cassis fruit with minerality and slight cigar box. Medium tannins that get a bit stronger in the glass. It is very young but still accessible. It is an outstanding wine that will require time to develop. It has another couple decades for us to see how good it gets. The group I tasted it w
Purple in color. The nose has black cherries, slight barnyard and a bit of cigar tobacco. On the palate, this is medium bodied. Drinking well right now with black cherry fruit and underlying earthiness. Good acidity. Should be pretty food friendly for medium or heavier foods. Nice finish. Drink now. It might last for five more years, but won't get any better.
Old bottle are always fun. Sometimes they work out, other times, not so much. This bottle had a very low fill. Below the shoulders and near the top of the label. The cork was removed using a Durand. It virtually exploded as it escaped the bottle. very little integrity. The bottle was decanted for sediment and pieces of cork, checked right away, but allowed to breathe for a while. It turned out the wine continued to improve in the decanter for at least 30 minutes as it blew off the bottle stink and gained some strength. Ruby/brown in color. The nose has some mushrooms, some fresh m