I bought this bottle in 2006, and it was the first bottle that I bought with the intention of storing. At the time, we didn't have a cellar and we've moved a few times since we bought this (so that gives you some idea of provenance, as a consequence, I couldn't suggest this bottle is representative of how this wine is supposed to taste). Nevertheless, this holds great sentimental value.
As others have noted, this is not a baby version of the first wine of Margaux; this doesn't have the amazing floral and spiced notes that I associate with that wine. Nevertheless, our bottle was drinking pretty well. It has left behind most of its fruit, and what is left is character and texture. On the nose there are clove and coffee aromas. My wife adds this reminds her of her grandmother's closet (musty, in a comforting way), sweethearts candy and frankincense/myrrh. There is a bit of VA present. On the palate, the acidity is high-toned and still pretty serious, with dusty dried fruits. There is still some gripping tannin on the finish. We enjoyed this for the trip down memory lane.
HDH Auction (Tru - Chicago, IL): Bright cherries...almost a candied cherry tone to it actually. The palate was a bit better than I would have guessed. While the fruit was dense and dark, there was nice floral and earthy notes in there too. A bit outside my comfort zone, but decent.
HDH Bordeaux Auction; 10/31/2014-11/1/2014 (Chicago, IL): From magnum. Definitely some of the confected ripe fruit from the hot vintage, but this is not over the top. The structure and body leaves something to be desired though, as this comes off as a bit soft and unshaped. Ready to drink now.
Much better than the last bottle. Two hours in the decanter and this wine was singing. Typical nose of sweet tobacco, cassis, jasmine. Good backbone, soft entry into palate with black fruits and cassis mid palate, excellent balance, acidity, structure, medium to full bodied but the finish a tad disappointing after the build up.
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(Pavillon Rouge du Château Margaux) Dark red violet color; roasted red fruit, cedar, tart plum nose; tight yet, tart plum, roasted plum, cedar palate; should go 5-7 years; medium-plus finish 88+ points