Château Margaux Tasting

Eltville, Germany

Tasted April 19, 2013 - April 20, 2013 by mwanasheria with 140 views

Introduction

A comprehensive tasting of Château Margaux wines. The group met the evening before to try a few wines that were brought along.

Flight 1 - Three Rieslings from the region and one from far. (4 notes)

White
2007 Prinz von Hessen (Landgräflich Hessiches Weingut) Johannisberger Klaus Riesling Erstes Gewächs Germany, Rheingau
91 points
Peach, pear, lemon. Good minerality and nicely integrated acidity. Makes you want more.
White
2007 August Eser Rauenthaler Rothenberg Riesling Erstes Gewächs Germany, Rheingau
89 points
Passion fruit, lime, wet stone, full of energy. Very good.
White
2007 Jakob Jung Erbacher Steinmorgen Riesling Erstes Gewächs Germany, Rheingau
89 points
Lime, pineapple, passion fruit, very chalky almost sickening minerality.
White
2009 F.X. Pichler Riesling Unendlich Austria, Niederösterreich, Wachau
92 points
I don't know where this is headed. It is almost cloying, thick with papaya, pineapple but not simple, but a bit hot for my liking.

Flight 2 - Real stars. (4 notes)

Ths included the best bottle of 59 Cheval Blanc I ever had, which shows that the négociants bottling are often better than the real thing. And 59 Gruaud was stunning ...

Red
1959 Château Gruaud Larose France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien
95 points
This was a very nice bottle. Not as full-bodied as the Cheval Blanc 59 drunk alongside, but of similar elegance. Lighter, with some hint of spice, malty sweetness, cedar. A grerat great bottle.
Red
1959 Château Cheval Blanc France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
99 points
Calvet Bottling. This was an absolutely spectacular bottle. Sweet nose of malt, tea, raisins. On the palate a mind-boggling sweetness, harmonious and unbelievably elegant.
Red
1961 Château La Gaffelière France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
flawed
Unfortunately oxidised. This was supposed to be good.
Red
1988 Comte Armand Pommard 1er Cru Clos des Epeneaux France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Pommard 1er Cru
90 points
From magnum. Still very young and almost forbidding. Still good fruit but tannic and dense. Opened up a little bit and become full-bodied, big and quite enjoyable.

Flight 3 - A selection from around the world. (4 notes)

Red
1999 Weingut Krone Assmannshäuser Höllenberg Spätburgunder Auslese Germany, Rheingau
92 points
Nose very typical German pinot with an insisting sweetness. On the palate quite round and fat but not uninteresting. Sweet cherries, herbs, cedar.
Red
2005 Kistler Pinot Noir Cuvée Catherine USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast
94 points
Jumped out of the glass with aromas of raspberry, sweet cherries, herbs. On the palate youthful with silky tannins, underwood, forest floor, nice sweetness.
Red
1997 Pahlmeyer Proprietary Red USA, California, Napa Valley
95 points
A serious Bordeaux blend, I really like the mid-90ies at Pahlmeyer. Fruit still very present in the nose plus tobacco and cedar. On the palate cassis, dark fruit, silky tannins. All elegance and class.
Red
1998 Penfolds Grange Australia, South Australia
96 points
Another spectacular bottle, it even felt younger than the previous one. Nose of cassis, palate of dark fruit, minerals, tobacco, pencil shavings, wood.
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Flight 4 - Sweet wines to finish off. (3 notes)

White - Off-dry
2005 Domdechant Werner Hochheimer Kirchenstück Riesling Spätlese Germany, Rheingau
88 points
Drinking nicely with quince, pear, some green apple, passion fruit.
White - Off-dry
2003 Georg Breuer Rüdesheimer Berg Rottland Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel Germany, Rheingau
93 points
A very nice Auslese. Filigreed sweeness good acidity and a nice nose of tropical fruit.
Rosé - Sweet/Dessert
2002 Weingut Krone Assmannshäuser Höllenberg Spätburgunder Weißherbst Eiswein Germany, Rheingau
94 points
From half. Very nice Pinot Weißherbst Eiswein. The cloying sweetness is nicely balanced by pretty lively acidity which gives the wine a certain lightness and elegance. Honeysuckle, grapefruit, pineapple, lime, mango.

Closing

This was a really memorable event that showed quite a few surprises with very solid wines in off years and the stars really shining.