Decanted for 30 minutes. Surprisingly dark garnet color with a bit of lightening at the edges. Beautiful nose of cedar, musk, dark currant, forest floor, and green leaf. Rounded but surprisingly lively sphere of red currant fruit elegantly feathered with licorice, tobacco, a touch of green pepper, and pencil lead on the palate. Low acidity and smoothed tannins leading to a long, quietly echoing finish of red plum, mineral, earth, and tender grip. Lovely aged wine with a spring in its step.
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(Chateau Rausan-Ségla Margaux) A deeper purple hue with the barest hint of tawny-mahogany on the rim. Liquorice and cashew nuts mark this as a more youthful wine. A masculine, powerful impression. A harsh power on the palate, with tannins immediately evident on entry, persisting through to the finish. Lots of fruit, with cigar box complexity. Correct acidity, although not as beautifully balanced as the previous wine. Tannic finish. Great length.