Brick color. Very much alive. Decent acidity still; 12% alcohol. Initially somewhat dumb but opened with 30-45+ minute decant. Soft, lightly fragrant, balanced feel; held up well with food. Pleasant but not remarkable. Not to hold further; drink up. (originally $12.99!)
Faded and completely mature looking. Very aggressive, stalky nose. Much gentler palate impression with elegant, spicy black fruit with fully resolved tannins. Still pleasant enough, best for its weight rather than its aromatics or flavor.
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(Chateau du Tertre Margaux) Good maturity, pink-orange rim, fairly transparent. Earthy, organic, meaty-leathery maturity, Evolved, with sooty-seaweedy notes. Sweetly mature, but on the palate a little hard and ungiving. Falling apart a little I think; hollow midpalate, disjointed finish. Storage related? It seemed on the way up five years ago.
(Chateau du Tertre Margaux) Mahogany-red. A nose of prunes, raisins and toffee. Another wine with a floral element to the bouquet. Ripe fruit on the palate, with more toffee. Still a little tannic, particularly towards the finish, although they are well on the way towards full integration. Nice creamy texture.
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