Have drunk many cases of this wine in the past. Nothing exceptional but this wine showed very well alongside its classified stablesmate in haut Medoc from the same year such as Lagune and Langoa. Very good value and would buy more but I think this vintage is just about over the hill. I just hope the 05 proves to be as interesting.
Dinner with Alex (Imperial Treasure, Great World City): 50% Cab Sauv,40% Merlot (which was very obvious) and 5% Cab Franc. Drank from a 375ml. Purple colour, just a little murky at the core, but that may have been the soft lighting. The red rim was just beginning to lighten. A large dose of umami and soy on the nose on first pour, but this faded after time to show flowers and cherry. The palate had very obvious, almost tartish acid and lots of primary cherry fruit with a shortish finish that closed with a twist of herbs that glided along silky tannins with a bit of a bite at the tail. Fresh. Pleasant. Light. Simple. Served blind, I thought new world Burg or right bank Bordeaux at first, before settling on 2001 Margaux - I was thinking Du Tertre or D'Issan - so I was rather surprised to find out it was a Cru Bourgeois. However, the wine took on rather modern nuances with time, haw flakes on the nose, with sweet strawberry and cherry and oaky flavours coming to the fore. After an hour or so, it started fading really, really quickly. I would never have guessed it to be a classed growth at this point. It was a really pleasant wine though, and went really well with roast goose. We found out later that Decanter magazine had listed this as one of the best value 2001 Bordeaux in their September issue.
Garnet with brownish hue. This is ageing fast. Smells of a pot of cooked fruits with rabbit stew that has lots of mushrooms and truffles. Whiffs of milk choc as well. The nose is surprisingly complex and opulent. However, it is bordering vinegarish …probably you have to drink now. Alcohol and acidity still holding on ok but dimmering. Strong legs though. Mid palate of cooked fruits (plums and prunes) with Chinese herbs. It is pretty rich stuff with good density and richenss…this reminds me of the Virgin de Valandraud I had. The finish is short to medium and the lack of it penalizes this otherwise good effort.
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