Contrary to my earlier tasting experience with this wine, tonight this was surprisingly un-Bordeaux like ... while this was lacking the floral and earthy notes I associate with Margaux, it showed much brighter and more forward and vibrant fruit, more like a Napa Cab, than a left bank claret.
Dark deep ruby colored, medium-bodied, bright forward blackberry, black currant, and black cherry fruits with a layer of tangy spice and tones of soft oak on the moderate tannin finish.
Opened 2 bottles of this two hours before serving for my "2000 Bordeaux wine tasting". The second favorite of the tasting (behind Lagrange). Both bottles consistent. Dark in color, flowery nose. Blueberries, black currents, vanilla, leather, a bit of cloves. Tannins seemed to resolve after an additional few minutes in the glass. May still be a year or two from it's peak.
Deep indigo in color with no evidence of being 16 years old. Interestingly, this was more fruit dominant and powerful than I would have expected. I have this before on several occasions and this bottle did not have the floral, perfumed profile typical of a Margaux. More closely approximated a Napa Cab with deep blueberry, blackberry and coffee notes. Really in a great place right now.
Fifth bottle from a half case purchased in 2004; pristine condition, perfect cork, level into neck. Rich and ripe nose with black fruit, smoky oak, a hint of earth, mineral freshness and lifted notes of flowers, pepper and paprika; there is sweet ripe fruit on the front and mid palate, but the back palate and the finish feel rather structured and extracted; the tannins are slightly jarring at first, but they do soften after a few hours in the decanter, even if they continue to stick out just a bit; the finish displays some nice ripe, and remarkably primary fruit and length is good to very good. Relatively elegant weight (12.5% - nowadays a wine like this would easily clock up 14% ABV), a solid wine, sturdy even, not terribly charming or typical for Margaux, but in no danger of drying out either. It does lose definition quite quickly. Drink now - 2020.
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(Chateau Lascombes) This had a gorgeous nose of violets, red currants, spicey oak and dark cassis. Lush palate that really surpised me as to how accessible this was. Loads of bright tiny-berried dark fruits with nice minerality and seamless integration. Great finesse. Long finish. I had this out of a .375 so that maybe is why it is a touch advanced. Beautiful wine.