Nose: dark fruit, violet, cedar and leather. Nicely perfumed and classicly Margaux but not hugely complex. Palate: middle weight with plum, blackberry and leather notes and a note of old books. Finish: moderate but had good depth if a bit one dimensional.
This was a hair better than a bottle of the 83 we had last year but it is time to drink up. Decanted and consumed over about 3hrs.
Delicious and elegant. The fruit is still showing strong, with some intensity on the finish. There is coffee and tobacco along with a range of dark fruit, all held together in such a light and delicate way. This is such a treat.
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(Chateau Prieuré-Lichine Margaux) A very dark, deep red wine with a pale pink rim but good concentration of colour close to the meniscus. Masses of sweet, ripe fruit on the nose, with a touch of toffee. There's plenty of character here. Great power is immediately apparent on the palate, with mature, classically styled stony-gravelly fruit. Most impressive is the silky texture, and beautiful balance. What a pleasure to drink.
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