Tried a bottle based on some of the positive reviews here. 30 min decant and drank with a Ratatouille at home. Color is still a healthy garnet. On the nose forest floor, menthol, herbs, some remaining dark fruit on the palate, fairly fine tannins, some bitterness towards the rather short finish. This is a nice little claret that works well with food now, and I can see this drinking still quite well in 10 years. It's certainly quite a success both in the context of the vintage which, perhaps except for those First Growth (?), is not creating a lot of drinking fun these days, but also in the context of the rather humble quality Malescot produced even in the bigger vintages of the 90s (have tried the underwhelming 1990 and 1996).
Here I am stranded in this weak vintage with a killer wine. What to do? Sing its praises. Maturing and glossy, fairly purple hue, which has stained the cork half way through. Fading at brim in lovely beige tones. Lovely, fluid elegant palate. Late strawberry, chocolate pudding, cinnamon, bay leaf, roasted meat, sea shells. Not creamy, but elegant svelte, with a nice acid flourish. A food wine, paired with assorted raviolis and sage-based beurre blanc.. Fully integrated, with some grip. LOVELY!
Cork stained 3/4 way up, broke in half as it was being pulled. Not as floral as some of the more recent vintage but a nice margaux nose nonetheless. Very little fruit showing upon pouring, but luckily with an hour of air it emerged. It has some lovely balanced (ie. not overtly sweet) red fruit, tobacco, leather. Good acidity but leering on being a little tart. Very soft and smooth with resolved tannins. Overall an excellent example of a nicely aged classic bordeaux, but lacks concentration or something extra to really excite me. Seems to me it won't be gaining anything from further age.
Took to Bordeaux offline at Restaurant Alma. This was the back up and it had to be used because the 89 GL was flawed. The nose was much better than the palate. The nose was wonderful. Soft fruit, very much a Margaux nose. The palate had muted fruit. Still enjoyable for me.
Tasting Group Dinner - Bordeaux (Restaurant Alma, Minneapolis): Enticing nose of dark fruit and violets. On the palate, this is interesting but lean, showing pencil lead and not much fruit. This is not herbaceous or astringent, there just isn't much fruit here. The tannins are well-resolved. Aromatically, this was one of the most interesting wines of the night.
This was wonderful after being decanted for 4 hours. At first I wondered if something was wrong with the bottle. It had a decent nose, but the palate was not pleasant. Nice smooth finish, red fruit on the nose and palate. An elegant wine. Had with Flannery ny strip.