Had this on Xmas with several other wines. It is extremely well balanced. Of course, 1993 does lack the density and power of the great vintages, but it does have that trademark margaux perfume full of violets, fruit and all is in harmony. The palate and aftertaste are also showing this wine on the spot and it may keep another few years, but I do not think it could get any better than it is now. From a perfect bottle, my rating might be a little high, but the sheer fun of this wine stands out. It is so much better to drink mature wines from smaller vintages than killing the great bottles all too soon. And this should be part of the rating. Would like to have some magnums for lonely evenings...
Grands châteaux bordelais, millésimes difficile. (restautant Chez Christophe): Un nez austère, cuir, cassis. Assez velouté en attaque, c'est un vin droit et sérieux, assez puissant et tannique, austère mais équilibré, finale un peu simple. Je pense à un Pauillac, mais c'est le Margaux. Un bon vin au style intellectuel, bien fait pour l'année, mais qui ne peut justifier son prix. 89-90 pts
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(Chateau Margaux Margaux) This has less concentration than the other vintages, perhaps unsurprisingly and also forgivably. Not so expressive on the nose at first, but soon opens up to reveal a nice, stony, mineral character that carries a nice perfume and a little liquorice. Quite some finesse but perhaps not the depth we might hope for. Elegantly textured and composed, fading tannins mean that this wine is much more approachable than those that precede. Lacks a little brightness of flavour though. Can be appreciated now, but not the most attractive style and it would benefit from a further year or two in the cellar.