This feminine Margaux is well in the middle of phase one, and drinking oh so beautifully..Full of vigor and class. Has developed a tobacco nose that transitions to mild espresso and truffle on the plate with perfect sweetness, complete balance, elegance, and finesse. The finish is quite long and the dry grip make it so light footed and sexy...This is a "beautiful" wine.
I was able to decant and let this sit for over an hour before drinking, which really helped. It still took another hour to open up. But when it did, this was a great wine. Earthy barnyard on the nose and herbal/ spicy on the palate with some plummy fruit. Smooth and long finish, this was a very well balanced wine. It went very well with multiple foods served at a Spanish themed dinner. Paella, Garlic shrimp, and sliced sirloin steak. I have three bottles left, and there is a lot of life left in this wine. It should last for many more years.
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(Chateau Lascombes Margaux) Lascombes carries its usual raft of sweet and charry oak on the nose, over the expected dense, perfumed, rather admirable layer of dark berry fruits. With a rather toasty character it is hard not to admire it, even though the oak heavily dominates. And although sweetly fruited, there is a trace of a stony, gravelly perfume that is more typical of the appellation. The palate is, I have to admit, really rather fine. Yes there is a huge core of chargrilled oak but there is also some very aromatic red fruit, with a pure and lifted style, and good fresh acidity too. There is also a prodigious mouth-puckering core of tannins, and so this and the oak will demand this wine be left in the cellar for another 10-15 years at least. In the finish there are notes of perfume too, violets, elegance behind the power. An excellent effort and so much more defined than the 2004 vintage which I tasted here last year (and which was perhaps just not showing very well?).
(Chateau Lascombes Margaux) The density of aromas wipes the floor with some other wines of the appellation; this has a super-expressive nose, loaded with dark, concentrated, tight fruit with pickling spice complexity. I expected something modern, ripe and fleshy on the palate, but instead it has a slightly hard style, with lots of fruit but also showing a rather bony structure. The aromatics are delightful but this will take a long time to come around on the palate, but if the fruit lasts with the tannins this will be great.
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