Very nice 3ème Cru Classe Margaux. Lovely mature Bordeaux nose. Stable, leather, dust, cedar, tobacco, wet earth and lovely spicy black cherries & cassis. Very nice dark mature creamy cassis fruit, with a medium - finish. Smooth mature tannins and nice acidity level. So Margaux, lovely and elegant. In a perfect sweet spot right now. I will buy more of this. 90 - 91
Wine evening in Tobe, Yokohama (Brasserie au Miel): Non-blind. Had immediately and over the evening. Impression: Outstanding with extra *wow*. Dark red. Murky wood, undergrowth, brett, Grandma's toilet, screaming of "Bordeaux" with high quality. Fantastic balance between fruit (+), tannin (+++) and acids (++). Entering the mouth with granny's den, builds up fantastic aromas and acids for the mid-palate that becomes its crescendo, letting go with a subdued and little weak, but looong finish of tobacco, leather, cow's behind, cedar and some oak. Yummy! Wish we had some more bottles for up to 5 more years of terrific pleasure... (Wife: 93p.)
After being opened 7 hours: Very warm, balanced, open, with mature fruit, without being too much. Elegant, but not quite on the highest level. At the end of day 2: Extremely densed and focused, almost portlike. The palate is also very focused with almost extremely focused fruit close to being too ripe and over the hill.
First impression: Bland and unimpressive. Beyond it's peak and declining fast. After one hour: opens up and offers nice fruit of strawberry, hints of dark chocolate. Tannins are still present and complement the fruit to a smooth palate. Medium length and average character. Upgraded the score from 82 to 86.
Drank at 2850, I was eagerly anticipating this bottle, but it just didn't live up to expectation. The nose was brilliantly floral, typically for a Margaux. On the palate, the finish was short and hollow, like it was missing the middle. There was an initial punch of fruit, but there was no follow on. Good nonetheles, just not great.
Gorgeous complex nose -- maybe jasmine and lavender and cherries. Medium bodied, supple and juicy, flirting with green and herbal, soft tannins. Medium length finish. For my palate I'd be excited to try some of their more modern wines which no doubt would be riper, but hopefully retain the sublime nose. Eight hours sitting in a recorked bottle was not enough time for this wine -- the next day was when it really shined. If pressed for time, I would recommend decanting.
Blind Cabernet Face-Off, USA vs. France (Meritage Wine Market - Rancho Santa Fe, CA): I LOVED this wine! Perfect blend of smoke/earth/fruit on the nose. Could tell that it had a little age on it. Mouth filling with light dusty tannins and deep long Bordeaux finish. Was amazed to see this was the same wine given to me by the owner of MSE the month before when I was in Bordeaux! (picture in tasting event note). I loved it then and am going to snag up more of it. WOTN for sure.
I had this at a local shop tasting with a theme of bling tasting USA vs Bordeaux. This was easily the winner of the night for me. Distinct earthy nose to it with lots of fruitiness. Big flavors of red fruits and moderate oakiness. I might have guessed '03 due to new world fruitiness but tannins are completely integrated. Also has a nice lengthy textured finish. 2nd place for me was '07 Page "The Stash".
This was drunk with friends before the opera and just never got enough to air to unwind. Excellent nose but just too tight and a bit sour waiting to open. Starting to hint at what it can do as we finished it to make kickoff.
Smoothness yet fair remainder of tannins make it a very good companion for red meat. Nice balance of black fruit, moist earth, bitter chocolate and coffee. Medium attach but pleasant length. Pleasure is bigger to enjoy the wine with slightly savory food (red meet and cheese, olive oil). Do not enjoy with dishes strong in garlic or chili. Too young still to be enjoyed on its own.
THis remains very young, all the more surprising given PLCB purchase. They forgot to cook this one. Still very dark purple and slightly roasted taste to the fruit. Graphite and still fairly firm tannins. A decant would likely have been a good idea. Paired well with the steak dinner and this will go many more years. One can enjoy now but easily forget in the cellar for many years.
Pop and pour at Cafe Bruges with a quick dinner. A bit tight and only began to bloom as we were getting ready to leave. This was very smooth and the tannins resolved. With time, I think the fruit and richness would have emerged more. They clearly seemed to be in there, just not fully emerged.
Dark garnet in color with a pretty floral margaux nose. More mineral and earth than fruit on the palate. No tannins, but hard with short finish. A good wine that is ready to drink, but some more fruit would be nice. Doesn't stand up to the nose. I think this is what is to be expected from a Margaux from this vintage.
Dark core, dense and youthful. Black fruit with cedar notes behind; lovely feminine nose. Good attack, then lovely fruit and tame tannins. Slight hardness or earthiness on the mid-palate that deflects focus from the otherwise excellent elements. Too youthful, or a character of the wine? I don't know, but VG to Ex in spite of this.
dark ruby purple. very nice nose of black fruit, cake frosting and leather. tasting a tad thin, but smooth. strawberries with a nice long finish of dark fruit and stones. unmistakably margaux, but too pricey for what it is. didnt last beyond a few hours of opening. drink now.
Drunk w/ the 99 for comparison w/ the expectation that the similarly rated 99 would perform better b/c more ready, but this was the better wine. Deeper and richer w/ a gorgeous nose vs the nose-free 99. No decant. Wine is ready but certainly no rush
We drank this for our anniversary. It was very good. However, it did not go with the seared tuna we had prepared. (Despite the Pavillon Rouge 1999 being a very good pairing with the tuna). So we had it afterwards.
Not decanted. Deep purple in the glass. Provides a nose of dark fruit and spice. The palate follows the nose with a good dose of spice in the finish when first opened. After 30 minutes in the glass the wine fell together and rounded out. Smooth is one of the characteristics that stood out to me. The tannins have either been resolved or are so fine that they are smothered by the fruit. A bit of earth flows in and out. Ready to drink now but will hold. A very nice wine; and a good value for my taste.
This was a superb bottle of wine. Very smooth, deep, rich, long-lasting on the palate. Incredibly smooth -- the tannins had such incredible smoothness to them. We contrasted this with the St. Francis Cabernet, and it was no context. A simply wonderful