Chateau Margaux Masterclass with Paul Pontalier (Decanter FWE, The Landmark hotel, London): Youthfull dark red with purple notes in colour. A bit shy on the nose. Young, spicy, black fruits, light floral, light touch of oak. Fresh nose. On the palate front it is rich, ripe fruit, good weight of fruit across. Subtle wine. Very young yet very enjoyable at this stage with lovely balance. 93 at this stage but sky is the limit. Side by Side with the 2009.
Already drinking well, with its sensuous textures and layers of sweet, ripe fruits, the wine is clean, fresh, rich and even sexy. It’s amazing to consider, but this second wine of Margaux is better than any wine produced in the 1960’s, 1970’s and for several vintages made in the 80’s as well. In part, some of this is due to the creation of the new third wine, Margaux de Margaux, which affords this wine a much better selection.
Chateau Margaux tasting dinner with Paul Pontalier (At Chateau Margaux): Medium garnet. Nose of red fruit with some spices. On the palate quite light on its feed, good balance and present tannins that need further resolving. Of course in terms of length this had a hard stance against all the Grand Vins. Paul Pontalier chose the 2nd wine for this vintage because the Grand Vin 2010 is currently very closed.
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(Pavillon Rouge du Chateau Margaux (Margaux)) The second wine of Margaux, this is 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot. It has a dark hue, claretty with a black-plum colour, and a brighter rim. I find polished plum fruit on the nose. It is pretty intense and linear on the palate, very polished, defined, fresh and certainly most elegant. There is quite a silky edge to the tannins, although there is a firm and grainy substance to it. Grippy, really quite tight towards the end in fact, with a reserved fruit character. Plenty of vigour here, a feeling helped by the fresh acidity. It culminates in a supple, tannic finish. Really fine potential.
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