During a merchant tasting. Medium ruby. Expressive nose of red fruit, earth, spices, oak and wet fur. Very nice mid mouth volume for the 2011, I must say. Slightly dry finish a the moment but overall quite nice for this vintage.
Blending 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 8% Franc and 2% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 13% alcohol. The wine represents 28% of the harvest. More of the wine was relegated to the third and fourth wines of Margaux. The wine opens with floral, black raspberry, mocha and earthy scents. Medium-bodied, with soft, fresh red berries, the wine ends with sweet cassis and cherry. 89-91 Pts
2012 Bordeaux Trip; 4/1/2012-4/4/2012 (Bordeaux, France): 28% of production, CS 65%, M 25%, PV 8%, CF 2%. Subtle vibrant nose with a definite floral component, violets, cherry and licorice. Palate is quite tannic, with a touch of hardness almost making it astringent and slightly hollow, but the finish comes roaring back with tons of red fruit. Overall impressive for a second wine, though my initial impression was worrisome given the hollowness in the mid-palate. Still has nicely concentrated, pure, vibrant fruit. 89-93
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(Pavillon Rouge du Château Margaux (Margaux)) The second wine of Margaux, alcohol 13%. Dark and damsony fruit here. Concentrated, smoky, appealing, with a good sense of freshness. The palate has a supple start, more charcoaly character in the middle, certainly more than expected from Pavillon Rouge, with a rich and gritty substance to it. A firmly composed wine, ripe fruit, with very dark and grainy character, the tannins certainly firm but not overworked. High level balance but it seems appropriate. Not green. And a rich tannic finish. Some lightly roasted fruit too, despite what Pontallier might say. Big and tannic in the finish but it seems appropriate at this stage.
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