Berry Bros & Rudd review: A first growth and perhaps the most famous wine in the world. Since its rebirth in 1978 the...Read more...
A tight and silky red, with lots to offer mdash; currant, tobacco and cherry character, medium to full body, fine tannins and a long, long finish. ... Read more
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 consid... Read more
The 1997 Chacirc;teau Margaux is an immensely charming, open-knit, beautifully made wine offering soft, lush blackberry/cassis fruit intermixed wit... Read more
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A tight and silky red, with lots to offer mdash; currant, tobacco and cherry character, medium to full body, fine tannins and a long, long finish. Just needs time. Best after 2006.
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.
[Barrel tasting] Black ruby in color, with violet and raspberry aromas and hints of currant and spices. Super, full-bodied, with thick, polished tannins. Should be chewy, and it is. But it remains fine and classy. Another 1995? I canrsquo;t give more than 100 points.
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.
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 1988 has evolved nicely since I tasted it last year. It has a classic bouquet of violets and blackcurrants intertwined with the vanillin scents of new oak. Medium-bodied, concentrated, but tannic, this elegantly wrought wine should out-live the 1989, but will it ever provide as much pleasure? Anticipated maturity: 1996ndash;2015.
Berry Bros & Rudd review: A first growth and perhaps the most famous wine in the world. Since its rebirth<br/>in 1978 the wine has never really been surpassed. The grapes are hand picked<br/>and sorted. Fermentation takes place in both 100% new oak and tanks. This is<br/>followed by 18 months to 2 years maturation in oak afterwhich the wine is fined<br/>but not filtered. The grapes are 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 5%<br/>Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. There are aromas of liquorice, sweet smoky new<br/>oak, jammy black fruits and minerals. There is an extraordinary richness and<br/>balance. A truly exceptional wine.
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