Annual Comparative Bordeaux Tasting (2000/2005) (Chicago, IL): Denser and riper than the 2000 that preceded this, with a slightly less acidity. The same elegant nose and palate as its older sibling. I found this to be one of the few examples where 2005 was the greater wine, probably because the drop in acidity wasn't too precipitous, and the increase in density and concentration here really kicked things up a few notches.
Intoxicating scents of caramel, violets, smoke, licorice, plum and maraschino cherries take almost no time to find. Pure silk and velvet on the palate, the wine is seriously concentrated with an elegant, refined, fresh, tannic, rich, well defined, profile that has a lot more to say than it lets on for the moment. If I had to sum the wine up in a single word, compelling wold not do it justice. 5-10 years will add a lot to this already sublime wine.
Wow, wow...what a fantastic bottle of wine. It didn't need any time to breathe. We brought this bottle to a BYOB Japanese BBQ restaurant, Futagu, which just opened on West 17th Street, NYC. They didn't have a liquor license yet, and we were so thrilled to have an opportunity to try this wine with four styles of beef including Kobe Wagyu, Black Wagyu, along with Kimchi, cold noodles...it went great with everything. If you have this wine, then wine life doesn't get better.
Fantastic! This is Margaux at a great point, ten years old. No need for extensive breathing, it came out of the bottle perfect. Great bouquet, fruit, no tannins, lovely in the glass...what a pleasure. We had it with a grilled boneless rib eye, steamed baby beets, and fresh salad of tomato, cucumber, fennel, and dill. This is what life is about.
Bordeaux 2005 : Ten years on (Bordeaux Index London): Tasted next to Palmer and certainly more “Cabernet driven”…. Precise and pronounced aromas and flavors of lead pencil, cassis, with much concentration but almost impenetrable at this stage… More Pauillac than Margaux. Very long finish… and very high tannin, and needs another 10 years to enter its drinking window which should be majestic so score reflects more the potential than the actual state of affairs.
It's infanticide to drink this gorgeous wine tonight; very green and primitive at first, but evolved nicely and slowly in the glass, showing about 20-30% of its true potential; the finish, so beyond description as if it was from heaven; overall, 94-95 points already at this stage; if you have this wine, forget it for 20+ years in your cellar.
First Growths Masterclass, Sydney. Double decanted 90 minutes prior to tasting. Ruby red in colour. Typical Margaux elegance on the nose and palate. Floral bouquet with red fruit overtones. Mid-weight palate of red cherries and some unusual - but not unpleasant - green pepper notes. I suspect this is in a dormant or awkward phase, and is not at its best, because the elements seem to be all there but are not in sync. Long finish with lovely tannins.
Grand Bordeaux Tasting 2013 (Royal Automobile Club, Macquarie Street, Sydney): Purple core, ruby rim, thick and dense legs. Medium plus aromas of biscuit, blackcurrant, meaty, violets and perfumed, v.slight mint fresh some meaty quality. Touches of cream and vanilla as well. In the mouth blackcurrant is to the fore, medium plus acid, medium plus tannin, linear - less thick in the mouth, slight spice, slight alcohol warmth but not intrusive. The wine finishes savoury; there is an initial big fruit punch but then drops slightly and carries long. Nose better than mouth at this juncture but still very good...I'd suggest that a fair whack of time is required.
Oh my God, what a wine! Close to perfection already at this early stage! The colour is really young. Deep purple, opaque. Magnificent nose! Coffee, blackberry, graphite, a hint of blueberries and bilberries. You can smell the minerality!
Like New York City Ballet on the palate! Beautifully balanced! Aristochratic structure, finess and grace like the Primaballerina! Incredible length. I tend to compare wines with women, and this wine is Natalie Portman in "Black Swan". Beautiful, graceful, elegant, but with a dark energy that gets you spellbound. This wine will become a seamless masterpiece within ten years!
I served this wine blind to my dear friend, and he went bananas. Blind he guessed Latour 2003, and this wine have lots in common with the fantastic Pauillac's from 2003. Generous fruit, velvety tannins and great balance ... despite the warm vintage, and a pleasure to drink at this early stage. 99 - 100 p
This looks extremely youthful in the glass with a deep dark core and a bright vibrant red rim. On the nose this comes off really tannic, you can just smell it. It gives you a good idea of the shear size of this wine. Notes of herbs and a touch of gravel are all that make it through the massive rich dark fruits that waft from the glass. Dry palate with high tannic structure. This was built to last. Highly concentrated dark fruits that are not to jammy but quite pure in flavor. Notes of violet sneak through the fruit body as well as a real fresh oak, violets and a bit of earth. Wow this comes of really classy, its hard to put it into words but this will be fantastic in 10+ years. Very racy acidity to this as well. Balanced even at this age. Drink from 2020 + but this will be best from 2030 + Extraordinary Quality 96 pts.
With coaxing, I discovered a ripe core of elegant, stylish, blackberry, violets and cassis popping from the glass. Very fleshy with great purity of fruit. The finish seemed a bit oaky at this stage. Having had this wine multiple times, the wine is shutting down and should be allowed to rest for several years before tasting again.
I have waited until I got the chance to have this wine three times before writing my thoughts to make sure there was no fluke. This wine was opened for us for 24 hrs prior to drinking this time. The bouquet on this wine is from another world. It can be smelled from 20 ft away. As it decanted I was just amazed when we entered the cellar on the smell alone. The bouquet was oak lead pencil crushed raspberries and currants. Then came mocha chocolate and cherry. The tannins are clearly there but they are so wrapped up in the most amazing fruit I have ever tasted in any Margaux. The bouquet on this Margaux is the best ever as well and no 2005 wine has an aroma even close to this wine. This is as smooth as a wine can get. As with most historic Margaux's this one contains record level's of cabernet grape. 85% Cab and only 8 % Merlot. The midpalate had cedar oak spice box vanilla with blueberry and blackberry and a jammy raspberry. The constuction and backbone of this wine is massive and in perfect balance. The concentration of the fruit is among the greatest wines I have ever tasted. I felt that the first time I tasted it and now this wine for my palate is the only legend. It has become my favorite all time wine. It excellence is so good it must be tasted to be believed. If any bottle I own is worth thousands this is the bottle. I absolutely cant wait 10-20 yrs to see what this evolves into. The wine is so good that even this young one can enjoy it without any reservations. The acidity is perfect for serious cellaring. This one is easily a 100-125 yr candidate and the fruit is so dense and concentrated it will easily be there in that time frame. The finish on this wine is legendary and what everybody from 75 yrs from now will talk about. It has everything that one looks for in the best ever wine. This is a superlative effort that I doubt will occur but once every 100-120 yrs. The only Margaux's I know can hang with this one is the 1900 or the 1928 Margaux's and in my view neither one is better. I have tasted the two wines that Robert Parker has given 100 points to in 2005 and both are great in their own right but this wine far surpasses wither one of them by alot and its not close. I hope we get many tasters on this wine over the nest few yrs to see what the world thinks because giving this wine a 98 is complete injustice. This one get the first ever 100 plus ten rating from me. Its worth every penny and it is a must taste for any BDX lover. CellarTracker ratings wont let me leave any rating over 100 but this wine would be 110 on my scale.
The nose was pure blackberry liqueur, flowers and spices. The palate experiences incredible layers of sweet, concentrated, sexy polished, ripe fruit finishing with a blast of black cherry, blackberry, chocolate and spice. This wine is very special. The texture is off the charts! This is incredibly fresh and lush with an amazing purity of fruit. This wine is absolutely seamless.
BORDEAUX 2005 / Cabernet rules; 4/5/2006-4/10/2006 (Bordeaux): Paul Pontallier said that 2005 belongs to “the family of the very best vintages.” He pointed out that he would like “nature to stop here” because the alcohol levels were at the very limit of what he likes from his terroir – and stressed that the highest alcohol Merlots (some reached up to 15.5°) either were not used at all or used in the second wine, Pavillion Rouge.
A typically Cabernet dominated blend (88% Cab, 8% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot – which did very well in 2005 – and 10% Cabernet Franc), this wine hovers at about 13% alcohol – and Pontallier was at pains to say that anything 13.5 and above “could not be a fine wine here at Margaux” as excessive alcohol robs wine of nuance, he explained. A nice, deep color with a licorice nose. At first, I thought I caught some hollowness on the mid palate, with a certain just ripe enough plum-like austerity, but that was just a fleeting moment, as the wine literally enveloped the palate with rich red and black fruit flavors, from red cherry to black currant). Subsequent sampling with plenty of swooshing and slurping revealed a wine with freshness and flavor, with lots of perfumed floral elements as well, and never too thick – as I had found the 2003 en primeur – but also savory and with a long finish. Not my favorite First Growth (that honor goes to Latour) but living up very well to its status (and high price) 95-98