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opened a couple of years to early. but still a knock out wine as all marguax are and what you expect. it has very few sustitues in the same wine ra... Read more
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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 hav... Read more
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opened a couple of years to early. but still a knock out wine as all marguax are and what you expect. it has very few sustitues in the same wine range of quality texture and complexity but the fun is to store these and go seeking out equivallents, enjoy this at great cost as sadness will come when you run out ...
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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 rsquo;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. Itrsquo;s a finely build aristocrat (of indeterminate sex).
The sexy, dark plum/purple-colored 1999 Margaux is already revealing complex aromatics. This surprisingly charming and round offering is reminiscent of a vintage such as 1985. Although neither a blockbuster nor a heavyweight, it grows in the mouth revealing tremendous length as well as purity. Administrator Paul Pontallier prefers it to the more austere 1998, as do I. This is an archetypical Chacirc;teau Margaux of richness, finesse, balance, and symmetry. It can be drunk young, but promises to age nicely for two decades. Extrapolating backwards, it would probably have something in common with the underrated 1962 Meacute;docs.
Premier cru breed is apparent from the depth of color and the graceful complexity of the developing aroma. In Margaux style, the wine has two faces. Approach it once, and the shimmering surface of exotic spice charms in a fashionable sort of way. Approach it again, and the deep extract of tough structure show their potency within a fine balance. In fact, the wine is closed in on itself, even as its best assets glimmer just slightly out of reach.
Full, saturated red-ruby. Knockout nose combines redcurrant, tropical chocolate, leather, woodsmoke and nutty oak with exotic chocolate mint and coffee liqueur; still manages to retain floral lift even in this beastly vintage. Then wonderfully fat, sweet and full, even if it comes across as almost heavy following the ineffable 2005 and 2004 examples. But “relatively inelegant” for Margaux still suggests a degree of refinement that few chateaux can match in the greatest vintages. A hugely rich and dense wine that finishes with elevated but ripe tannins and great length, with a subtle suggestion of dry spices. Pontallier says the terroir will take over in 20 years, “like with the ’82.” Splendid.
Bright full ruby. Pure, perfumed aromas of cassis and violet. Dense and tactile in the mouth; a huge, chewy wine with major extract but also considerable refinement. Almost painfully backward today, and a bit less perfumed than is was in the year or so after the bottling, but the huge tannins show no hardness. Another great expression of Cabernet Sauvignon from the rsquo;96 vintage. Drink 2015 through 2040.
The 1997 Chacirc;teau Margaux is an immensely charming, open-knit, beautifully made wine offering soft, lush blackberry/cassis fruit intermixed with toasty oak. The wine exhibits excellent concentration, a seductive personality, and an easy-going, round, expansive finish. It should be drinkable after bottling in June, and last for 15 or more years. Anticipated maturity: 2000ndash;2015.
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