Very stylish old school Bordeaux. I am not sure that this intended compliment is in vogue right now, as maximum extraction seems more the norm. Red brick and amber edging speak of age but the wine holds together beautifully. Spice, smoky oak and tobacco merge with a tender mouthfeel to make this wine a perfect partner for slow-cooked roast fowl. Sadly this bottle was my last ; a parting score of 89 seems the least I can do for this harmonious bottle of mature Margaux. It was as comfortable as an old friend.
Still dark purple in color with notes of creme de cassis, pencil shavings, earth, crushed rocks, spice box. The palate is quite rich, yet held together nicely with mouth watering acidity. The tannins are well integrated and not super noticeable. The finish is quite good. Overall very good wine and a good example of fairly food friendly bordeaux.
As someone who drinks very little Bordeaux, I found this to be excellent. Elegant and balanced, solidly in the zone of showing secondary characteristics, but with plenty of remaining fruit. To my palate, this outperformed many more notable bottles that I have had.
Opaque robe, thin brick disc. Great nose; cassis/blueberries violets, plenty of cedar, some animal, iodine. Interesting, enjoyable. Sweet cassis on the palate, not quite as complex, a little sharp acidity. Somewhat horsey, earthy - a nice kind of stink - with some air. Tannic, rough around the edges.
First sniff reminded me of the 04 Palmer. Still dark red and great nose filled with ripe cherries. On the palete not as much fruit and a little thin. Overtime developed more wood and smoky tastes. Not a long finish.
Manchester Offline: There's tobacco and cigarette smoke on the nose. Then some deep black fruit. Not as impressive on the palate as on the nose. It feels a touch simple on the palate, though there are a nice balance and a good structure. But it's a bit unsatisfying. Some sour fruit on the finish, adds a bit of interest, but no further pleasure.
Left bank Bordeaux: Dark red color with a brick red hue. A bit of manure and compost first on the nose but gaining more notes of tobacco, cedar wood and some blackcurrant leaf. On the palate still some refined blackcurrant, delicious midpalate with notes of cedar wood, roses and some medicine. Fine length and nice acidity makes this a well balanced and nicely drinking wine.
With Joe & Vee: wowie... Pure elegance, great flavor concentration yet light as silk on the palate. Kept on changing every time we went back to it--constantly growing richer and more complex, never the same twice. This bottle was drinking great now (no decanting). Such class.
Glasgow Offline (Chardon d'Or): A bit closed on the nose: green hedgerows with a bit of cassis. Very straightforward on the palate. Rather over-slight plummy fruit with lots of acidity and rather a lot of spiritiness. Not enough fruit to balance it. Plenty of spicy tannins towards and on the finish.
A very aromatic wine - violets, burnt toffee and pleasant herbs in the background. Furry tannins noticeable, especially on finish. Fruit very much secondary - this is all about structure. Very good "food" wine - works great with lamb. Enjoyable drinking now, but might improve slightly over the next five+ years. Selected at a restaurant, as everything else was way to young to consider in such a style.
This may be a bit young yet. Fantastic color, but still a bit tight after decanting for about 2 hours. Leather and some tobacco and a bit of lead as the wine began opening up. The last sip was the best.