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Château Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend Margaux 2005
1995 is a true great vintage with all the hallmark characteristics: power, depth, richness, complexity, subtlety and harmony. Today, the nose is not really closed but is still holding back a lot: all the aromas are most definitely there, but they are hiding a little in the shadows. On the plate, it is obviously the wine’s power which comes to the fore; the tannic structure is dense, tight-knit and firm, without being hard. A few more years of cellaring are required before beginning to drink this superb wine, whose balance guarantees a harmonious development in bottle. (December 2006)
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Clearly the wine of the vintage, this will age gracefully for decades into the new century, and will likely be one of the oldest surviving wines in a vertical tasting at the start of 2100.
Sleek and racy Margaux. Inky black in color, it offers intense aromas of wood-tinged blackberry, violet and cherry followed by mineral and berry flavors that unfold across the palate and go on and on. Full-bodied and powerful, with a compact fruit and tannin structure, it will be best after 2008.
Muscular yet classy. Breathtaking aromas of black licorice, violets, berry and cherry, with light hints of spices and minerals; it's all there in the nose. Full-bodied, with an ultrafine tannin structure, and a finish that persists for minutes. This may turn out to be even better than the 1995 due to its layers and layers of fine tannins and fruit, but I can't give it more than 100 points. Best after 2015.
Paul Pontallier happened upon the 2000 vintage at Margaux, having prepared the vines since 1983, and having gained a certain level of intimacy with their produce over the years. He doesn't take credit for the particular balance of water retention in the soils at Margaux, for the light rains that refreshed the vines in August, though he can take some credit for knowing how to manage those vines and when to pick them. For without his history at the château, the 2000 vintage might have been merely great. But there's something of his spirits in this wine, along with the essence of the Margaux vineyard, the glint of the soil and the grandeur of the building, which taken together will stop you in your tracks.
Bottled very late (November, 1997), the 1995 has continued to flesh out, developing into one of the great classics made under the Mentzelopoulos regime. The color is opaque ruby/purple. The nose offers aromas of licorice and sweet smoky new oak intermixed with jammy black fruits, licorice, and minerals. The wine is medium to full-bodied, with extraordinary richness, fabulous equilibrium, and hefty tannin in the finish. In spite of its large size and youthfulness, this wine is user-friendly and accessible. This is a thrilling Margaux that will always be softer and more evolved than its broader-shouldered sibling, the 1996. How fascinating it will be to follow the evolution of both of these vintages over the next half century. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2040.
Cabernet Sauvignon, with an alcohol content of 13 degrees or less, makes up 85% of the grand vin. The Merlot (8% of the total) was the only lot not attaining 14 degrees! The chateau believes the 2005's concentration is superior to 2000 and 2003, and might possibly be compared to other years with very dry summers like 1928 and 1947... in any case,'a truly great, pure vintage' in their words. The color is a beautiful, graduated purple mulberry. Fabulously pure, subtly scented and complex in the aroma with a graceful, reserved palate. Finishing with very firm, defining tannin, the '05 seems light, yet it possesses great concentration along with precision and subtlety. A candidate for wine of the vintage.
The 1997 Château 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: 2000-2015.
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