Margaux

Chateau Brane Cantenac

Floral and light on the nose with a grilled meaty edge touched with baking spices and a bit of cooked rhubarb – lean entry, tight, soft ripe tannins, mid-palate is bright but a touch lean, dry finish is short and savory. (85-86)


Chateau Cantenac Brown

Very herbaceous nose, slightly oaky yet rather classic in a lean style, floral and berries with freshly crushed fruit notes – soft entry, rich and velvety feel, perhaps a bit too extracted, has a bit too much tannin, dark coffee flavors, a bit middy on the mid-palate, woody finish. (85-86)


Chateau Du Tertre

Herbaceous nose but rather classic with tobacco, soil, dried herb, and black fruit tones – soft, rich entry, lots of ripe tannin, good underlying acids, nicely balanced, harmonious feel, approaching elegant with a lovely perfumed inner mouth character, nice length shows tobacco leaf and black currant fruit with gentle underlying wood spice. (89-90)


Chateau Ferriere

Candied nose and yet somewhat salty too, weird – dry, honest if a bit ungenerous, uncovered mid-palate structure, some modest red fruit, innocuous. (81-82)


Chateau Giscours

Sweet roasted red peppers, dried tomato, spice, cigarbox nose, sweetly vegetal – soft and creamy entry, rich and almost mouthfilling, no detail, flavors are vegetal, sweet and indistinct, finishes hard and dry. (83-84)


Chateau Kirwan

Roses and raw wood on the nose with underlying notes of red fruit, porcini, and spice – rather soft up front, silky across the mid-palate, nice earthy/forest floor toned fruit, a bit raw, some nice oystershell mineral tones, rather well balanced with good length and a nice layered finish, savory and fruity. (89-90)


Chateau Labegorce

Spicy and slightly herbaceous on the nose with notes of nutty oak, and some white pepper and allspice – soft, loose and unfocused in the mouth, it’s front loaded with fruit and then rather ungenerous on the short, lean finish. (83-84)


Chateau Lascombes

Oaky and slightly jammy on the nose with assertive nutty tones and black currant/black berry fruit – woody sweetness upfront, a bit lean yet showing an elegance on the midpalate with nicely ripe tannins and vaguely herbaceous fruit, slightly creamy black currant fruit, licorice toned finish of modest length. (89-90)


Chateau Marquis de Terme

Candied red cherry fruit on the nose, lightly herbaceous, a bit of blond tobacco, a touch of cookie dough, very nice nose – soft entry, then nice acids perk up the red cherry fruit, a bit simple but clear and honest if a bit short and rustic. (85-86)


Chateau Monbrison

Woodsy berries on the nose, oaky and lightly toasty, some chocolate shavings with a  touch of dried fruit/dried tomato – solid entry, good acids, tannins are a touch green, mid-palate is a bit hollow, fruit is a bit shallow, short harsh finish. (79-80)


Chateau Prieure-Lichine

A little oaky on the nose, slightly jammy, wild red fruits over a very forest floor core – soft entry, good density of fruit, full of ripe tannins, giving the mid-palate a bit of a hard feel, a moderately long, slightly spicy finish, good balance. (87-88)


Chateau Rauzan Gassies

Perfumed, floral nose, very sweetly floral with a touch of brown sugar/baking spice in there and an underlying, integrated green pepper note – elegant entry, clear red fruits, soil tones framed by a bit of wood tannin gives this a dry backend but the finish is long and relatively complex. (89-90)


Chateau Rauzan-Segla

Quite red fruited on the nose with some citussy tones, flower petals, touch of sweet cinnamon – lovely entry, round, nice density yet restrained, great freshness and transparency, big minty herb tones float above the ripe fruit, finishes with bright fresh fruit and great length. (93-94)


Chateau Siran

Fairly herbaceous, very Bordelaise, dried bell pepper, cigar box, sweet red currant fruit – rather rich on entry, blocky, a bit extracted, nice fruit, full tannin load, nice acid cut on the mid-palate, powerfully built with an assertively oaky finish. (87-88)

 

Saint Julien

Chateau Beychevelle

Tight, a bit oaky, sweet wood, earthy brown spice – moderately rich, nice density, ripe tannins, nice balance, a touch dry, savory backend peeks out under ripe full fruit that drives the long finish. (89-90)


Chateau Branaire-Ducru

Dense and dark smelling, cocoa, oaky, minty, very thin mints – soft entry, velvety, a bit opaque but the core of wild berry fruit does pop on the mid-palate, ripe tannins, seductive feel, good fruit drives through on the moderately long finish. (91-92)


Chateau Gruaud Larose

Tarry, big cigar butt nose, dark earth, slightly feral, a touch of lilac – smooth and polished in the mouth, dark, fairly powerful and deeply flavored with great structure that gives this an elegance in spite of itself, nice balance, fresh taut fruit, good energy on the finish. (93-94)


Chateau Lagrange

Subtly fruity nose, touch of black spice, cigarbox, sweet wood, caramelly – lean and fresh in the mouth, soft tannins, nice bright acids, lightweight and fresh, lovely purity to the fruit, great integrated baking spice accents, real length to the fruit and spice notes. (91-92)


Chateau Langoa Barton

Black olive tapenade on the nose with notes of thyme, raw wood, juniper, and woodsmoke – a bit balsamic on the nose, dry, astringent, black olive fruit upfront, noticeable wood through the mid-palate, black tea and black fruit on the finish. (87-88)


Chateau Leoville Barton

Pencil lead, earth, dark spice, crème de cassis and toasted hazelnuts on the nose – polished in the mouth, a bit tough, finely focused with lovely structural balance, pretty packed with tannin and savory oak, black currant fruit, all in finish though the long finish is dominated by woody, hard tannins. (91-92)


Chateau Leoville Poyferre

Smoky oak, clay soil tones, smoked chili, sweet touch of caramel, blackberry coulis – velvet texture in the mouth, seductive soft tannins, mid-palate turns a bit loose and blowsy but quite texturally expansive, tightens up on the finish, a touch short but quite enjoyable already. (89-90)


Chateau Saint-Pierre

Herbaceous on the nose but also sweet with rich, ripe Cabernet black currant fruit edged in earth and tobacco, very Bordeaux – soft entry, stylish, fresh and honest with brisk tannins and acids, slightly simple black olive and tobacco tinged black currant fruit, touch of bell pepper, soft tannins extend onto a slightly earthy, moderately long finish, lovely wine. (91-92)


Chateau Talbot

Candied fruit on the nose with a medicinal edge, some licorice and smoke here, almost grilled meats – soft and flannelly in the mouth, tannins are a bit dry, feels a bit extracted, nice fruit but the tannins are a bit intrusive, nice fruit paired with plenty of nutty oak on the finish. (87-88)