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"Good bright, ruby-tinged red. Spicy aromas of currant, raspberry and woodsmoke. Fat, silky and full, with enticing s...Read more...
Opens rather oaky but not spicy, raw woody, cedary with notes of dried peppers and cassis under the creosote edged wood. With time a nice note of ... Read more
Powerful aromas of deep fruits, spice, a bit of flowers and a tart heat. Amazingly smooth, well integrated tannins, deep dark complex oak and some ... Read more
A very nice wooly, meaty nose. A really nice, well balanced wine throughout. Very nice, with great fruit. Very animal: meaty, wooly, wet feathers e... Read more
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Opens rather oaky but not spicy, raw woody, cedary with notes of dried peppers and cassis under the creosote edged wood. With time a nice note of crystalized floral tones begins to emerge. Full and slightly chunky in the mouth with bright acidity and absolutely polished tannins. The palate is richly fruited with red berry notes that are ever so slightly gamy. The finish is very long and offers up a classic array of cigar box and slice tones. best after 3 hours in the decanter but finished shortly after that. Give it and additional 2 years. 2011-2024 91pts
Powerful aromas of deep fruits, spice, a bit of flowers and a tart heat. Amazingly smooth, well integrated tannins, deep dark complex oak and some cedar and eucalyptus on the finish. I don't completely get this wine -- it's great though.
A very nice wooly, meaty nose. A really nice, well balanced wine throughout. Very nice, with great fruit. Very animal: meaty, wooly, wet feathers etc. Solid.
Enjoyable, great flavor
one of my all time favs.. can sip on its own or with a variety of soft cheese. It's richness unfolds as it breathes. Recommend decanting this one.
Marvelous, robust with an earthy finish. Splendid nose with currants throughout the brilliant hue of this delicious wine!
I love this wine.
External Reviews for Barbe Rac Châteauneuf-du-Pape R Sélection Parcellaires 8 M. Chapoutier
Am I being too stingy with the 2003 Chateau Margaux? A wine of extraordinary complexity and intensity, it reveals a deep purple color, a style not unlike the 1990 Margaux (possibly even more concentrated), a velvety texture, and notes of spring flowers interwoven with camphor, melted licorice, creme de cassis, and pain grille. Not a blockbuster, it offers extraordinary intensity as well as a surreal delicacy/lightness. There is riveting freshness to this offering, which tips the scales at a lofty (for this estate) 13.5% alcohol, as well as an alluring sweetness and accessibility. It probably will tighten up over the next few years. Nevertheless, it is a profound Chateau Margaux that brings to mind a hypothetical blend of the 1982 and 1990. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2035.
This is beautiful on the nose with currants, berries and flowers. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and pretty fruit. Needs a bit more fruit on the midpalate to be a classic Margaux, but clearly outstanding. Best after 2007.
Margaux unlimited. In a blind tasting, it's hard to miss the exotic spice or the mineral power of Château Margaux's aroma. And it's hard to ignore the mass of black plum fruit, so dense it seems to be compressing under its own weight. Potency and tense mineral character prevails until the wine has had plenty of air. By the following day, the breed of its terroir pervades Margaux entirely, the exotic spice deepened to forest floor, cedar and violets, the magnificent scale of the wine held in precise balance. Supercharged and dynamic, a great Margaux for the long term.
Ultraconcentrated, with layers and layers of fruit and superfine tannins. Plenty of fruit, mineral and meat character. Full-bodied yet refined and classy, it coats your palate with gorgeous fruit and ripe tannins. Truly superb. One of the wines of the vintage. Best after 2012.
Bright ruby-red. Boysenberry, minerals, espresso and sexy oak on the nose. Wonderfully concentrated flavors of berries and espresso, with perfect integration of the new oak. But a bit youthfully rigid today owing to its penetrating acids. This impressively dense wine from a very cool summer has filled in nicely during its elevage but will require a good 10 or 12 years for its firm acids and tight tannins to soften. Very long and subtle on the aftertaste.
Fiona Morrison once described Margaux to me as a drag queen, all feminine make up on the surface, all masculine muscle underneath. She may well have been describing this '98, given its violets and spice, its knee-melting new oak scent, its mint and cardamom and fine cigar tobacco aromas. It smells and feels like a grand cru, but it gives nothing of itself for several days. Then, when several of the other top Margaux wines from the vintage were heading south, this was just beginning to show all its layered ganduer. Even then, the lovely dark berry density at the center was still sealed off under all the strapping complexity. It's a finely build aristocrat (of indeterminate sex).
This may be from the exceptional vintage of 2003, but Château Margaux remains true to form. First and foremost, it is a refined, elegant wine, with complex layers of flavors. But, yes, the hot summer is there the dense, dry tannins, but somehow they seem to float through the wine rather than sitting heavily in the middle. Acidity and freshness come to finish, giving the wine a delicious lift.
"Good bright, ruby-tinged red. Spicy aromas of currant, raspberry and woodsmoke. Fat, silky and full, with enticing sweetness. Very rich, fruity style, finishing with broad, sweet tannins and new oak notes of spice and caramel. Not especially vibrant but satisfying and long...90" IWC 02/03 "Last year I underrated the 2000 Cote Rotie La Mordoree, probably because I tasted the 2000s side by side with what was undoubtedly a great vintage in the northern Rhone, 1999. In any event, from bottle, this 2000 Cote Rotie is far better than it tasted from barrel. Offering up scents of white flowers, black olives, cassis, and roasted notes, it is a seamless effort with well-integrated acidity and tannin as well as a big, plush, concentrated style that will provide delicious up-front drinking...90" WA 07/03
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